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PathwaysHDW 2023 : Pathways 2023: Managing Wildlife in an Era of Mutualism


When May 31, 2023 - Jun 3, 2023
Where Fort Collins, Colorado
Submission Deadline Dec 2, 2022
Notification Due Jan 6, 2023
Categories    wildlife   mutualism   diversity   animals

Call For Papers

31 May - 3 June 2023
Pathways 2023: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference and Training
Call for Papers
Pathways 2023: Managing Wildlife in an Era of Mutualism

It is a pleasure to invite you to the Pathways 2023: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference and Training, organized by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech, and the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. The conference will be held at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, from May 31 - to June 3, 2023.

About the Conference
Pathways 2023 is a part of the Pathways: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference and Training. Founded by Prof. Michael J. Manfredo and Prof. Jerry Vaske (Colorado State University), the program is designed to address the myriad issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner.

Since its inaugural launch in the U.S. in 2008, Pathways has gained a reputation as being one of the leading conferences on the human dimensions of wildlife management in the world, regularly attracting researchers and practitioners from both agencies and NGOs from across more than 30 different countries. We're excited to get back to in-person events with the Pathways 2023 Conference.

Conference Theme – “Managing Wildlife in an Era of Mutualism”
This year’s conference theme is “Managing Wildlife in an Era of Mutualism.” With this in mind, we will be exploring wildlife viewing, wildlife interactions, and human-wildlife conflict through the lens of mutualism.

Topics of Interest
Alongside our theme, we have several topics of interest specific to Pathways 2023. When submitting an abstract or session proposal, you will be asked to select three of the following topics with which your abstract fits under:

Wildlife viewing and engagement that appeases the masses, agencies, and wildlife defenders
Accessibility to the opportunity to enjoy wildlife and natural areas
Facilitating organizational changes to broaden discussions and allow for diverse opinions
Use of multimedia to attract new audiences for nature interactions and using analytics to meet the needs of a growing population
Health benefits of nature, including ways to immerse oneself in wildlife activities to see the intended benefits
Achieving conservation through everyday actions
Wildlife conservation with institutional changes
Understanding nature when wildlife becomes increasingly “wild”
Tribal interpretations and understandings of wildlife, conservation, and nature interactions
Coexistence with natural habitats; awareness of those habitats
Attracting more diverse audiences
Using multimedia as a new way to view and interact with wildlife
Guide for Authors
The deadline to submit Organized Sessions/Symposia (90 and 120-minute format) is November 18, 2022. The deadline to submit Individual Abstracts and Posters is December 2, 2022. Authors are limited to one submission, though can be listed as a non-presenting co-author on an unlimited number of other submissions. The word limit per abstract is 300 words.

To retain program readability, only the first 5 authors may be listed on a submission.

For instructions on submitting session proposals and individual abstracts, please visit the Proposals tab of the Pathways website at

To submit your abstract, please visit

Important Dates
Organized Session Deadline: November 18, 2022

Individual Abstract/Poster Deadline: December 2, 2022

Notification of Acceptance: January 6, 2023

Deadline for Final Submission of Revised Papers: January 17, 2023

Submission RSVP Deadline: January 26, 2023

Preliminary Program Released: March 1, 2023

Organizing Committee
Conference Co-Organizers:
Dean Smith
North American Waterfowl Management Plan Director;
Wildlife Liaison
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Ashley Dayer
Assistant Professor
Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Virginia Tech

Michael J. Manfredo
Professor and Head
Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Colorado State University

Conference Planning Committee:
Emily LeBlanc
Conference & Event Coordinator
Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Colorado State University

Paul Layden
Conference Coordinator;
Master Instructor, Undergraduate Coordinator, and Internship Coordinator
Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Colorado State University


For all general inquiries, please contact

We look forward to seeing you at the Pathways 2023: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference and Training Program!

Warm Regards,

Pathways 2023 Conference Team

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