Anita Hagy Ferguson

Grad Teaching Associate
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Environmental Social Science
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Anita is the former Project Manager and
a current Research Associate for the Center for Biodiversity
. She works on projects to advance knowledge in
actionable conservation science and collaborative
multi-stakeholder implementation of science. Anita has a
professional background in communication and facilitation, and she
is a trained mediator.

Currently, Ms. Ferguson is a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental
Social Science in the

School of Human Evolution and
Social Change
Her research is focused on human-wildlife co-existence and
collaborative conservation of large transnational predators
including wolves, jaguar and tiger.

Raised in rural southern Oregon, Anita has an interest in
local scale and multi-stakeholder conservation, wildlife management
policy, animal geography, actionable science and conservation
education diversity. She is a Ronald E. McNair
Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
diversity scholar, a Ford Family Foundation scholar and
alum of NEW
Leadership Oregon

Research Interests

Environmental conflict resolution

Wildlife conservation, charismatic mega fauna (research foci: Wild
horses, wolves, big cats)

Boundary issues

Intercultural communication, cultural identity and cultural preservation

Human migration, integration and adaptation

International conflict resolution, mediation, negotiation and
diplomatic relations

Transnational cooperation, corporate responsibility and voluntary compliance

Environmental ethics and Philosophy of Science

Human behavior, decision-making and cultural norms regarding the
natural environment