Dr. Carly Sponarski

Former Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions of Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology


Affiliated Faculty with the George J. Mitchell Centre for Sustainability Solutions
Graduate Faculty in Ecology and Environmental Science


Dr. Sponarski was a member of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology between August 2016 and May 2021. 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 focused 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.


Dr. Sponarski taught the following undergraduate courses while a member of the UMaine faculty

  1. WLE 445: Management of Endangered and Threatened Species
  2. WLE 461: Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation
  3. WLE 470: Wildlife Policy and Administration

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00958964.2016.1158142

Sponarski, C.C., Spacapan, M., Miller, C.A., & Vaske, J.J. (2016) Modeling 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01490400.2015.1127189

Sponarski, C.C. (2015) Can we have wolves and caribou too? The Osprey: The Nature Journal of Newfoundland and Labrador. 46(3): 18-21

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.