Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Wayne Linklater

Title: Chair, Professor

Email: wayne.linklater@csus.edu

Office Phone: 916.278.6771

Office Hours: appointment via https://csus.campus.eab.com/

Zoom meeting room: : 916 278 6671

Research Projects/Interests

The behaviour, ecology and managment of mammals; Wildlife crime; Environmental games in teaching and research; Environmental psychology & behavior; Human-wildlife conflict; Wild horses - ecology and politics; Science in society and its communication.

Available student projects

I have a number of projects in progress and ideas for new projects that would make excellent studies for student research, internships or thesis. For example:

 - Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) habitat use - data from Hluehlue-iMfolozi Park, South Africa, to be analysed

- Urban deer conflict and management - data from Kensington and El Cerrito cities (funding available)

- Invasive species - an audit of evidenced-based policy and practice

- People's relationships with urban bird biodiversity - data from Oakland CIty

- Road reserve restoration: evaluating planting success - data from Wellington City, New Zealand


Listen to my podcast on 'Talking Feral'

Talking Feralhttps://www.buzzsprout.com/1481623/6808816-dr-wayne-linklater

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Presentations on-line

New Zealand's conservation culture. A presentation to Flora & Fauna, Aotearoa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYDM4yjFTo4


Select, recent publications

For a complete list of publciations and projects visit ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Wayne_Linklater

Oxpecker guarding rhino: an antidote to human overkill? Current Biology 30: 1965-1969. Plotz R, Linklater W. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.03.015

When all life counts in conservation. Conservation Biology. Wallach A, Lundgren E, Batavia C, Nelson M, Yanco E, Linklater W, Carroll S, Celermajer D, Brandis K, Steer J, Ramp D. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13447

Meta-analysis of human connection to nature and proenvironmental behavior. Conservation Biology 34: 180-193. Whitburn J, Linklater W, Abrahamse W. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13381

Prioritizing cat-owner behaviors for a campaign to reduce wildlife depredation. Conservation Science and Practice. Linklater W, Farnworth M, van Heezik Y, Stafford K, MacDonald E. DOI: 10.1111/csp2.29

On allegations of invasive species denialism. Conservation Biology. Munro D, Steer J, Linklater W. DOI: 10.111/cobi.13278

Single compounds elicit complex behavioural responses in wild, free-ranging rats. Scientific Reports, 8. Jackson M, Keyzers R, Linklater W. 2018. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-30953-1

Sustainable close encounters: integrating tourist and animal behaviour to improve rhinoceros viewing protocols. Animal Conservation. Muntifering J, Linklater W, Naidoo R, !Uri-≠Khob S, du Preez P, Beytell P, Jacobs S, Knight A. 2018. DOI: 10.1111/acv.12454

Courses That I Teach

Introduction to Environmental Science - ENVS 10; Thesis - ENVS 190; Environmental Internship - ENVS 195 (links to instructions and internship packet); Special Graduate Major (links to program)


Trained first as a freshwater ecologist and then later in wildlife biology, I've spent almost 25 years researching, writing and teaching about the ecology, behavior and management of a variety of animals, from meerkats to horses, and rhinoceros to elephant, in Africa, North America, Southeast-Asia and Australia.

Today, more and more of my work is about the behavior of the world's most abundant large mammal - people. I still work in wildlife biology but also to understand better the environmental behavior of people and our relationships, good and bad, with the natural world.

Find out more:

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/wlinklater

ResearchGate - https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Wayne_Linklater