Carly Sponarski

Research Interests:
Human dimensions of wildlife

Research Project:
Getting Over the Dam: Overcoming institutional barriers to the recovery of Atlantic salmon by navigating the social-science/policy interface

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  • Ph.D. – Natural Resource Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2014
  • M.E.Des – Environmental Science, University of Calgary, 2010
  • B.S. – Biology, University of British Columbia, 2006

Courses Taught:

  • WLE 445: Management of Endangered and Threatened Species
  • WLE 461: Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation
  • WLE 470: Wildlife Policy and Administration


Carly Sponarski joined the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology in August 2016. Prior to moving to Orono, Dr. Sponarski was a postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Nicole Ardoin’s Social Ecology lab at Stanford University. She obtained her PhD from Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada, in Natural Resource Management within the Geography Department; a M.E.Des (Environmental Science) from the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Environmental Design; and a BSc in Animal Biology from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Sponarski’s research interests focus on the intersection of human (social systems) and natural resources (ecological systems), thus her work is interdisciplinary in nature. At this intersection, she examines the social impacts of resource management – the community interactions, associated conflicts, and decision-making. This research is called, human dimensions of natural resources and she focuses on wildlife and fisheries management issues. Dr. Sponarski is interested in understanding future management directives/objectives, current management strengths/weaknesses, and public opinion towards difference species and management actions.

Selected Publications:

Sponarski, C.C., Loeffler, T.A., Vaske, J.J. & Bath A. J. (2016) Changing attitudes and emotions toward coyotes with experiential education. Journal of Environmental Education. 47(4):296-306 DOI:

Sponarski, C.C., Spacapan, M., Miller, C.A., & Vaske, J.J. (2016) Modelling perceived risk from coyotes among Chicago residents. Human Dimensions of Wildlife. 21(6): 491-505. DOI: 10.1080/10871209.2016.1190989

Vaske, J.J., Beaman, J., & Sponarski, C.C., (2016) Rethinking the internal consistency of Cronbach’s alpha. Journal of Leisure Sciences. DOI:

Sponarski, C.C., Vaske, J.J., & Bath, A.J. (2015) The role of cognitions and emotions in human-coyote interactions. Human Dimensions of Wildlife. 20(3): 238-254

Sponarski, C.C., Vaske, J.J., & Bath, A.J. (2015) Differences in management action acceptability for coyotes in a national park. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 39(2): 239–247

Sponarski, C.C., Vaske, J.J., & Bath, A.J. (2015) Attitudinal differences among residents, park staff, and visitors toward coyotes in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada. Society and Natural Resources. 28(7): 720-732

Sponarski, C.C., Bath, A.J., Vaske, J.J., & Musiani, M., (2014). Salient Values, Social Trust, and Attitudes toward Wolf Management in Southwestern Alberta, Canada. Environmental Conservation. 41(4) 303-310

Sponarski, C.C., Bath, A.J., Semeniuk, C., Glikman, J.A., & Musiani, M. (2013). Heterogeneity among rural resident attitudes toward wolves. International Journal of Human Dimensions of Wildlife. 44(4): 239-248

Salomon, M., Sponarski, C.C., Larocque, A., & Avilés, L. (2010). Social organization of the colonial spider Leucauge sp. In the Neotropics: Vertical stratification within colonies. Journal of Arachnology 38(3): 446-451