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Jennifer Jackman, Ph.D. (CAPP Adjunct Professor, MAPP ’05 and Associate Professor of Political Science at Salem State University) and Ren Bettencourt (MAPP ‘16) attended the Marine Mammal Commission Annual Meeting on April 6, 2017 in Woods Hole to present findings from their study on “Stakeholder View of Seals, Conflicts and Public Policy: A Survey of Attitudes toward Seals Among Voters, Anglers and Tourists on Nantucket,” which was conducted in collaboration with Michele Sweeney, Ed.D. and K.C. Bloom, PhD. of Salem State University, Allen Rutberg, Ph.D. (CAPP Director) and Jerry Vaske, Ph.D. (Warner School of Natural Resources, University of Colorado-Fort Collins). Surveys were administered by mail to a random sample of voters and in-person to tourists and anglers on Nantucket in the summer of 2016. The Cape Cod Times and WCAI reported on the presentation.

Jackman and Bettencourt also presented findings from the study in a presentation at the New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island on April 21. Their paper was entitled “Villains, Victims, and Heroes: Voter Perceptions of Seals on Nantucket.”

The seal survey was conducted under the auspices of the Human Dimensions of Wildlife Unit of the Salem Bates Center for Public Affairs and funded by mini- and seed grants from the School of Graduate Studies and the University Research Advisory Committee, along with grants from the American Political Science Small Grants Program and Elizabeth A. Lawrence Endowed Fund of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy.

Note: Photo above courtesy of Ren Bettencourt (MAPP ’16)