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/pal/-spXXKE55b

Zoom meeting room: : 916 278 6671

Research Projects/Interests

The behaviour, ecology and managment of mammals; Wildlife crime; Air quality and environmental justice, Environmental games in teaching and research; Environmental psychology & behavior; Human-wildlife conflict; Wild horses - ecology and politics; Environmental 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. Some of these projects come with funding (pay) for the student involved. For example:

- Air quality monitoring with underserved communities

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

- Urban deer conflict and management - data from Kensington and El Cerrito cities

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

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

If you are intersted in a paid reserch position, please email me.


Finding me on-line

talking-feral.pngListen to my podcast on 'Talking Feral'...

or watch my presentation to Flora & Fauna, Aotearoa about New Zealand's conservation culture.


Also find me writing on-line: On SciBlogs or On my WordPress weblog

Find me on Twitter: @Politecol; @Perissodactyla

and on Facebook: PerissodactylaPolitecol


Select, recent publications

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

Games as experiments to understand why wildlife devaluation may not reduce the number killed. Journal for Nature Conservation 126219. Rudman S, Linklater W. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnc.2022.126219

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

telemetry.pngWhen 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

Conservation & Society - ENVS 137

Thesis - ENVS 190

Environmental Internship - ENVS 195 (links to the course's syllabi and request to enroll in internship)

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 caddisflies to voles, and horses to rhinoceros and elephant, in Africa, Australiam, New Zealand, North America, and Southeast-Asia.

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 and biodiversity.

Find out more:

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

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