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Second major: English
Here is an abstract of the project, and a location map below.
This thesis deals with the conservation of endangered species, specifically the Hawaiian monk seal, and whether human-animal coexistence either helps or hurts the preservation of the Hawaiian monk seal. Situated in the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI), my research attempts to understand the way in which those who coexist with the Hawaiian monk seal value or don’t value the species, along with whether their perspective on human-animal coexistence allows for better opportunities to conserve the Hawaiian monk seal species. I reviewed comments submitted to NOAA Fisheries that asked for the critical habitat designation of the Hawaiian monk seal to be updated and compared these comments with the actual biology of the seals. I analyzed the public’s views to see how they either help or hurt the monk seals’ preservation. The people’s perspectives on the conservation of the Hawaiian monk seal lined up with scientific reality, but their views also evidenced a different set of values that discounted the seal. I found that our views are always working indirectly within our value system by motivating or prohibiting certain management plans in regards to our non-human counterparts.
Framing and focus questions
The ENVS capstone is defined by key questions. Following our situated approach to interdisciplinary environmental research, these include a broad framing question that serves as general motivation for this capstone project, and a specific focus question that defines the project’s research agenda. The framing and focus questions for this capstone are below.
Framing question: How does our coexistence with animals help or hurt their preservation?
Focus question: In the case of the Hawaiian monk seal, how do human’s views of their coexistence with the monk seal help or hurt its preservation?
Depending on its type, the ENVS thesis results in a variety of outcomes, including a thesis (an extended scholarly manuscript), or a variety of non-thesis outcomes. Below is information on this capstone type, with links at bottom to all outcomes.
Type of capstone: Thesis (regular)
Capstone outcomes (PDF): File