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Dr Sarah Crowley

Dr Sarah Crowley

Lecturer in Human Geography

 Peter Lanyon 

 

Peter Lanyon Building, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

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Monday 10.00 - 11.00 am

Wednesday 1.00 - 2.00 pm

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Overview

I am an environmental social scientist and anthrozoologist based in the Centre for Geography and Environmental Science (CGES). 

My research focuses on using social theory and research methodologies to understand and address environmental challenges and conflicts; human relations with, and the sustainable management of, nonhuman animals; and the broader study of human-animal interactions (anthrozoology). I specialise in applying empirical research to contemporary conservation and environmental management issues, and particularly the management of introduced, re-introduced, and domestic species. I recently led the social research components of an interdisciplinary project that worked with cat owners to find effective, sustainable techniques to reduce hunting behaviour in domestic cats, without compromising cat welfare.

Qualifications

2017 PhD 'Ecological Politics and Practices in Introduced Species Management' (University of Exeter)

2012 MA Anthrozoology (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

2008 BSc Animal Behaviour (University of Chester)

Research group links

Research

Research interests

  • Collaborative, sustainable approaches to animal management and wildlife conservation
  • Applied, interdisciplinary research that seeks to address contemporary environmental challenges and conflicts
  • Anthrozoology and animal geographies

I am developing research projects relating to animal and environmental management, and am particularly interested in: 

  • Ecological politics of wildlife management and environmental conflict
  • Animals 'in and out of place', particularly:
    • introduced, translocated and re-introduced wildlife populations 
    • domestic animals in the wider environment, and
    • wild animals in domestic spaces
  • Wild attachments: the integration of wildlife species and populations into community and cultural identities
  • Nonhuman charisma
  • Sustainable relations with companion animals
  • Wildlife and environmental issues in visual media

Research projects

2017 -2020 Cats, cat owners and Wildlife: I led the delivery of an interdisciplinary project that worked with cat owners to explore the effectiveness and suitability of techniques for reducing domestic cat predation on vulnerable wildlife. I employed interviews, Q method, working groups and surveys to understand how cat owners think about and manage their pets’ hunting behaviour. I integrated this with ecological research on cat ecology and management techniques to further our understanding of the human-cat-wildlife triad, and to produce guidance for cat owners and interested organisations.

2013 - 2017 Ecological Politics and Practices in Introduced Species Management: My PhD research applied social scientific methodologies to understand and inform the management of monk parakeets in southeast England; Eurasian beavers in Devon; and grey squirrels throughout the UK. This research aimed to improve our understanding of the development, complexities and outcomes of social conflicts surrounding animal management and to explore diverse and emergent human-wildlife relationships. I identified multiple ways in which people respond and relate to introduced wildlife and explored how these differences can produce both socio-political tensions and accords. My findings also led to the development of recommendations and tools to improve the effectiveness, sustainability and democratic credentials of wildlife management. 

Research networks

I was a member of the EU COST action ParrotNet (a European research network investigating the spread, impacts and management of introduced parakeets) from 2015-2017. I also contributed to the Science and Evidence Forum for the River Otter Beaver Trial (2015-2020).

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Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Crowley S, Cecchetti M, McDonald R (In Press). Our wild companions: Domestic cats in the Anthropocene. Trends in Ecology and Evolution Full text.
Crowley SL, Cecchetti M, McDonald RA (2020). Diverse perspectives of cat owners indicate barriers to and opportunities for managing cat predation of wildlife. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 18(10), 544-549. Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2019). The parakeet protectors: Understanding opposition to introduced species management. Journal of Environmental Management, 229, 120-132. Abstract.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe SJ, McDonald RA (2018). Killing squirrels: Exploring motivations and practices of lethal wildlife management. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2017). Nonhuman citizens on trial: the ecological politics of a beaver reintroduction. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 49(8), 1846-1866. Abstract.  Full text.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Crowley S, Cecchetti M, McDonald R (In Press). Our wild companions: Domestic cats in the Anthropocene. Trends in Ecology and Evolution Full text.
Mill AC, Crowley S, Lambin X, McKinney C, Maggs G, Robertson P, Robinson NJ, Ward A, Marzano M (In Press). The challenges of long-term invasive mammal management: lessons from the UK. Mammal Review Abstract.  Full text.
Jaric I, Courchamp F, Correia R, Crowley S, Essl F, Fischer A, González-Moreno P, Kalinkat G, Lambin X, Lenzner B, et al (In Press). The role of species charisma in biological invasions. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Full text.
Cecchetti M, Crowley SL, Goodwin CED, McDonald RA (2021). Provision of High Meat Content Food and Object Play Reduce Predation of Wild Animals by Domestic Cats Felis catus. Current Biology, 31(5), 1107-1111.e5.
Bogaard A, Allaby R, Arbuckle BS, Bendrey R, Crowley S, Cucchi T, Denham T, Frantz L, Fuller D, Gilbert T, et al (2021). Reconsidering domestication from a process archaeology perspective. World Archaeology, 1-22.
Crowley S, Silk MJ (2021). The educational value of virtual ecologies in Red Dead Redemption 2. People and Nature
Crowley SL, Cecchetti M, McDonald RA (2020). Diverse perspectives of cat owners indicate barriers to and opportunities for managing cat predation of wildlife. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 18(10), 544-549. Full text.
Cecchetti M, Crowley SL, McDonald RA (2020). Drivers and facilitators of hunting behaviour in domestic cats and options for management. Mammal Review, 51(3), 307-322.
Swan GJF, Silva-Rodríguez EA, Márquez-García M, Crowley SL (2020). For livestock losses, a conservation scientist's ‘exceptional’ may be a farmer's ‘unacceptable’: a commentary to Ballejo et al. (2020). Biological Conservation, 250 Full text.
Swan GJF, Redpath SM, Crowley SL, McDonald RA (2020). Understanding diverse approaches to predator management among gamekeepers in England. People and Nature, 2(2), 495-508. Full text.
Bavin D, MacPherson J, Denman H, Crowley SL, McDonald RA (2020). Using Q‐methodology to understand stakeholder perspectives on a carnivore translocation. People and Nature, 2(4), 1117-1130.
Shackleton RT, Richardson DM, Shackleton CM, Bennett B, Crowley SL, Dehnen-Schmutz K, Estévez RA, Fischer A, Kueffer C, Kull CA, et al (2019). Explaining people's perceptions of invasive alien species: a conceptual framework. Journal of Environmental Management, 229, 10-26. Abstract.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Cecchetti M, McDonald RA (2019). Hunting behaviour in domestic cats: an exploratory study of risk and responsibility among cat owners. People and Nature, 1(1), 18-30. Full text.
Beever EA, Simberloff D, Crowley SL, Al-Chokhachy R, Jackson HA, Petersen SL (2019). Social–ecological mismatches create conservation challenges in introduced species management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 17(2), 117-125. Abstract.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2019). The parakeet protectors: Understanding opposition to introduced species management. Journal of Environmental Management, 229, 120-132. Abstract.  Full text.
Silk MJ, Crowley SL, Woodhead AJ, Nuno A (2018). Considering connections between Hollywood and biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology, 32(3), 597-606. Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe SJ, McDonald RA (2018). Killing squirrels: Exploring motivations and practices of lethal wildlife management. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2017). Conflict in invasive species management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 15(3), 133-141. Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, Redpath SM, McDonald RA (2017). Disagreement About Invasive Species Does Not Equate to Denialism: a Response to Russell and Blackburn. Trends Ecol Evol, 32(4), 228-229. Author URL.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2017). Nonhuman citizens on trial: the ecological politics of a beaver reintroduction. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 49(8), 1846-1866. Abstract.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2016). Invasive species management will benefit from social impact assessment. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54(2), 351-357. Full text.
Robinson BS, Inger R, Crowley SL, Gaston KJ (2016). Weeds on the web: conflicting management advice about an invasive non-native plant. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54(1), 178-187. Full text.
Crowley SL (2014). Camels out of place and time: the dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) in Australia. Anthrozoos, 27(2), 191-203. Abstract.  Full text.
Batt S (2009). Human attitudes towards animals in relation to species similarity to humans: a multivariate approach. Bioscience Horizons, 2(2), 180-190. Full text.

Publications by year


In Press

Crowley S, Cecchetti M, McDonald R (In Press). Our wild companions: Domestic cats in the Anthropocene. Trends in Ecology and Evolution Full text.
Mill AC, Crowley S, Lambin X, McKinney C, Maggs G, Robertson P, Robinson NJ, Ward A, Marzano M (In Press). The challenges of long-term invasive mammal management: lessons from the UK. Mammal Review Abstract.  Full text.
Jaric I, Courchamp F, Correia R, Crowley S, Essl F, Fischer A, González-Moreno P, Kalinkat G, Lambin X, Lenzner B, et al (In Press). The role of species charisma in biological invasions. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Full text.

2021

Cecchetti M (2021). Ecology and management of predation of wildlife by domestic cats.  Abstract.
Cecchetti M, Crowley SL, Goodwin CED, McDonald RA (2021). Provision of High Meat Content Food and Object Play Reduce Predation of Wild Animals by Domestic Cats Felis catus. Current Biology, 31(5), 1107-1111.e5.
Bogaard A, Allaby R, Arbuckle BS, Bendrey R, Crowley S, Cucchi T, Denham T, Frantz L, Fuller D, Gilbert T, et al (2021). Reconsidering domestication from a process archaeology perspective. World Archaeology, 1-22.
Crowley S, Silk MJ (2021). The educational value of virtual ecologies in Red Dead Redemption 2. People and Nature

2020

Crowley SL, Cecchetti M, McDonald RA (2020). Diverse perspectives of cat owners indicate barriers to and opportunities for managing cat predation of wildlife. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 18(10), 544-549. Full text.
Cecchetti M, Crowley SL, McDonald RA (2020). Drivers and facilitators of hunting behaviour in domestic cats and options for management. Mammal Review, 51(3), 307-322.
Swan GJF, Silva-Rodríguez EA, Márquez-García M, Crowley SL (2020). For livestock losses, a conservation scientist's ‘exceptional’ may be a farmer's ‘unacceptable’: a commentary to Ballejo et al. (2020). Biological Conservation, 250 Full text.
Swan GJF, Redpath SM, Crowley SL, McDonald RA (2020). Understanding diverse approaches to predator management among gamekeepers in England. People and Nature, 2(2), 495-508. Full text.
Bavin D, MacPherson J, Denman H, Crowley SL, McDonald RA (2020). Using Q‐methodology to understand stakeholder perspectives on a carnivore translocation. People and Nature, 2(4), 1117-1130.

2019

Shackleton RT, Richardson DM, Shackleton CM, Bennett B, Crowley SL, Dehnen-Schmutz K, Estévez RA, Fischer A, Kueffer C, Kull CA, et al (2019). Explaining people's perceptions of invasive alien species: a conceptual framework. Journal of Environmental Management, 229, 10-26. Abstract.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Cecchetti M, McDonald RA (2019). Hunting behaviour in domestic cats: an exploratory study of risk and responsibility among cat owners. People and Nature, 1(1), 18-30. Full text.
Beever EA, Simberloff D, Crowley SL, Al-Chokhachy R, Jackson HA, Petersen SL (2019). Social–ecological mismatches create conservation challenges in introduced species management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 17(2), 117-125. Abstract.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2019). The parakeet protectors: Understanding opposition to introduced species management. Journal of Environmental Management, 229, 120-132. Abstract.  Full text.

2018

Silk MJ, Crowley SL, Woodhead AJ, Nuno A (2018). Considering connections between Hollywood and biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology, 32(3), 597-606. Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe SJ, McDonald RA (2018). Killing squirrels: Exploring motivations and practices of lethal wildlife management. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space Full text.

2017

Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2017). Conflict in invasive species management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 15(3), 133-141. Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, Redpath SM, McDonald RA (2017). Disagreement About Invasive Species Does Not Equate to Denialism: a Response to Russell and Blackburn. Trends Ecol Evol, 32(4), 228-229. Author URL.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2017). Nonhuman citizens on trial: the ecological politics of a beaver reintroduction. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 49(8), 1846-1866. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2016). Invasive species management will benefit from social impact assessment. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54(2), 351-357. Full text.
Robinson BS, Inger R, Crowley SL, Gaston KJ (2016). Weeds on the web: conflicting management advice about an invasive non-native plant. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54(1), 178-187. Full text.

2014

Crowley SL (2014). Camels out of place and time: the dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) in Australia. Anthrozoos, 27(2), 191-203. Abstract.  Full text.

2009

Batt S (2009). Human attitudes towards animals in relation to species similarity to humans: a multivariate approach. Bioscience Horizons, 2(2), 180-190. Full text.

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External Engagement and Impact

Editorial responsibilities

Associate Editor: People and Nature

Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Martina Cecchetti (Cats, cat owners and cat predation of wildlife) - 2nd Supervisor
  • Tom Dando (Social and ecological feasibility of wildcat restoration) - 2nd Supervisor
  • Emily Strong (Social and ecological dimensions of lead ammunition use) - Primary Supervisor

Alumni

  • Martina Cecchetti Ecology and management of predation of wildlife by domestic cats (2nd supervisor)

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