Megan writes about a variety of conservation and sustainability issues, for both scholarly and popular media, including articles recently for OUP Academic and The Conversation, which was picked up by dozens of outlets. Her blog, Our Urban Jungle, explores the natural world found in our cities and discusses urban biodiversity conservation issues. She was the editor-in-chief for Human-Wildlife Conflict: Complexity in the Marine Environment, published by Oxford UP in 2015. She has previously worked for the Key West Citizen newspaper and written materials for various conservation organizations.
The volume focuses on the importance of explicitly understanding root causes of human-wildlife conflicts, as opposed to simply considering the immediate dispute. Each chapter provides a case study that applies this theoretical framework to understand the complexities of a specific conservation issue, and throughout the book the editors highlight commonalities between the case studies that can serve as lessons for readers. The authors do an excellent job of breaking down factors that have precluded seemingly straightforward solutions to conservation problems.
--Quarterly Review of Biology
Stakeholders are at the center of the new book, Human–Wildlife Conflict: Complexity in the Marine Environment. How do we address deep-seated conservation conflicts that can drag on for years? The book brings to life a model developed by Francine Madden and Brian McQuinn for three levels of conflict, ranging from relatively simple disputes, which can typically be settled in court or through material incentives, to established, identity-based conflicts, such as those that have emerged between many fishers and the federal government in the USA…As Madden notes, we are at the dawn of integrating psychology, anthropology, neurology, and behavioral economics into conservation.
--Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Selected Scholarly Publications (see CV for full list):
Cigliano, J. A., Bauer, A., Draheim, M.M., Foley, M. M., Lundquist, C.J., McCarthy, J.B., Patterson, K.W., Wright, A. J., and Parsons, E.C.M. 2016. The kraken in the aquarium: Questions that urgently need to be addressed in order to advance marine conservation. Frontiers in Marine Science. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00174
Sprague, Rachel D. and Draheim, M.M. 2015 Hawaiian monk seals: Labels, names, and stories in conflict. In: Human-Wildlife Conflict: Complexity in the Marine Environment. Eds: Megan M. Draheim, Francine Madden, Julie-Beth McCarthy, and E.C.M. Parsons. Oxford University Press: Oxford UK
Parsons, E.C.M., Favaro, B., Aguirre, A. A., Bauer, A. L., Blight, L. K., Cigliano, J. A., Coleman, M. A., Cote, I.M., Draheim, M., Fletcher, S., Foley, M. M., Jefferson, R., Jones, M. C., Kelaher, B. P., Lundquist, C. J., McCarthy, J. Nelson, A., Patterson, K., Walsh, L., Wright, A.J., Sutherland, W.J. 2014. Seventy-one important questions for the conservation of marine biodiversity. Conservation Biology DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12303
Draheim, M.M., Patterson, K. W., Rockwood, L.L., Guagnano, G., and Parsons, E.C.M. 2013. Attitudes towards coyotes in an urban landscape: Management and public outreach implications. Animals 3: 1-18.
Karaffa, P., Draheim, M.M., and Parsons, E.C.M. 2012. What’s in a name? Do species’ names impact student support for conservation? Human Dimensions of Wildlife 17: 308-310.
Draheim, M.M., Rockwood, L.L, Guagnano, G., and Parsons, E.C.M. 2011. The impact of information on student’s beliefs and attitudes towards coyotes. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 16(1): 67-72.
Draheim, M., Bonnelly, I., Bloom, T., Rose, N., and Parsons, E.C.M. 2010. Tourist attitudes towards marine mammal tourism: An example from the Dominican Republic. Tourism in Marine Environments 6(4): 175-183.