Shari L. Rodriguez

Associate Professor of Human Dimensions of Wildlife
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department

Office: 222 Lehotsky Hall
Phone: 864-656-0430
Fax: 864-656-3304

Personal Website:

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
North Carolina State University 2012

M.A. Sustainable Development
School for International Training 2007

B.A. Biology
Whitman College 1993

 Courses Taught

Conservation Biology (WFB 3130) - Sp and Su
Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management (WFB 4700 - undergraduate) - Sp
Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management (WFB 6700 - graduate) - Sp
Wildlife Biology Lab (WFB 3010) - F and Sp


Dr. Shari Rodriguez and the students associated with the Rodriguez Human Dimensions Lab (HDW) at Clemson University are working towards gaining a better understanding of the role humans play in wildlife and natural resource sustainability at local, national, and global scales.

We use the many tools available to social scientists to study anything from human-tiger conflict in India to understanding what information managers use to make natural resource decisions, and the impact of natural disasters in forestry and wildlife in South Carolina to hunter recruitment and retention in South Carolina and beyond.

 Research Interests

Human dimensions of wildlife conservation and management; human-wildlife interactions and conflicts; recreational hunting behavior; wildlife conservation on private lands; economic incentives; private lands stewardship

 Extension and Outreach

Faculty Advisor, Clemson University Tigers for Tigers


Sampson, C., S. L. Rodriguez, P. Leimgruber, Q. Huang, and D. Tonkyn. 2021. A quantitative assessment of the indirect impacts of human-elephant conflict. PLoS ONE, 16(7): p.e0253784-e0253784.

Vayer, V., L. Larson, M. Peterson, K. Lee, R. Von Furstenberg, D. Choi, K. Stevenson, A. Ahlers, C. Depies-Anhalt, T. Bethke, J. Bruskotter, C. Chinzinski, B. Clark, A. Dayer, B. Ghasemi, L. Gigliotti, A. Graefe, K. Irwin, K. Samuel, M. Kelly, G. Kyle, E. Metcalf, W. Morse, M. Needham, M. Quaruch, S. Rodriguez, C. Romulo, R. Sharp. W. Siemer, M. Springer, R. Stedman, T. Stein, T. Van Deelen, J. Whiting, R. Winkler, and K. Woosnam. 2021. Diverse university students across the United States reveal promising pathway to hunter recruitment and retention. Journal of Wildlife Management, 85(5):1017-1030. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.22055.

Jensen, A. J., S. P. Bombaci, L. C. Gigliotti, S. N. Harris, C. J. Marneweck, M. S. Muthersbaugh, B. A. Newman, S. L. Rodriguez, E. A. Saldo, K. E. Shute, K. L. Titus, A. L. Williams, S. W. Yu, and D. S. Jachowski. 2021. Attracting diverse students to field experiences requires adequate pay, flexibility, and inclusion. BioScience, doi:10.1093/biosci/biab039.

Solano, A., S. L. Rodriguez, L. Greenwood, K. J. Dodds, and D. R, Coyle. 2021. Firewood transport as a vector of forest pest dispersal in North America: A scoping review. Journal of Economic Entomology. doi:10.1093/jee/toaa278.

Rodriguez, S. L. and M. N. Peterson. 2020. Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management. In N. J. Silvo (Ed.), The Wildlife Techniques Manual: Management, 8th Edition (Vol 2, pgs 39-58). Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.

Peterson, N. M., J. T. Bruskotter, and S. L. Rodriguez. 2020. Conservation hospice: A better metaphor for the conservation and care of terminal species. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8(143). doi:10.3389/fevo.2020.00143.

Peterson, M. N., C. Serenari, S. L. Rodriguez, and G. D. Lee. 2020. Comparing personalities of self-identified cat colony caretakers, and bird conservation professionals. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 25(3):296-299. doi:10.1080/10871209.2020.1716113.

Rodriguez, S. L., and C. Sampson. 2019. Expanding beyond carnivores to improve livestock protection and conservation. PLOS Biology, 17(8):e3000386. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3000386.

Hiesl, P. and S. L. Rodriguez. 2019. Quantifying the impacts of a flood and hurricane event on tree farms in South Carolina: A survey. Forests, 10(546). doi:10.3390/f10070546.

Sampson, C., P. Leimgruber, S. Rodriguez, J. McEvoy, E. Sotherden, and D. Tonkyn. 2019. Perceptions of human-elephant conflict and conservation attitudes of affected communities in Myanmar. Tropical Conservation Science, 12:1-17. doi:10.1177/1940082919831242.

Rodriguez, S. L., M. N. Peterson, F. W. Cubbage, H. D. Bondell, and E. O. Sills. 2018. What is private land stewardship? Lessons from agricultural opinion leaders in North Carolina. Sustainability, 10(297):1-12. doi:10.3390/su10020297.

Rodriguez, S. L., M. N. Peterson and C. Moorman. 2017. Does public information influence wildlife-friendly landscaping preferences? Urban Ecosystem, 20:489-496. doi:10.1007/s11252-016-0609-2.

Rodriguez, S. L., M. N. Peterson, M. C. Chitwood, B. Gardner, C. Jensen, and H. Hansen. 2016. Gender differences in hunting recruitment and dedication in Denmark. Wildlife Biology in Practice, 12(2):1-10. doi:10.2461/wbp.2016.12.5.

Peterson, M. N. and S. L. Rodriguez. 2012. Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management. In N. J. Silvo (Ed.), The Wildlife Techniques Manual: Management, 7th Edition (Vol 2, pgs 1-20). Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.

Peterson, M. N., B. Thurmond, M. McHale, S. Rodriguez, H. Bondell, and M. Cook. 2012. Predicting native plant landscaping preferences. Sustainable Cities and Society, 5:70-76. doi:10.1016/j.scs.2012.05.007.

Peterson, M. N., B. Hartis, S. L. Rodriguez, M. Green and C. Lepczyk. 2012. Opinions from the front lines of cat colony management conflict. PLOS ONE, 7(9): e44616. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044606.

Rodriguez, S. L., M. N. Peterson, F. W. Cubbage, H. D. Bondell, and E. O. Sills. 2012. Private landowner interest in market-based incentive programs for endangered species habitat conservation. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 36(3):469-476. doi:10.1002/wsb.159.

Dalrymple, C. J., M. N. Peterson, H. D. Bondell, S. L. Rodriguez, J. Fortney, D. T. Cobb, and E. O. Sills. 2011. Understanding Angler and Hunter Annual Spending in North Carolina. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agenciesa, 64:88-94.

Rodriguez, S. L. 2008. Perceptions and Attitudes of a Maasai Community in Southern Kenya Regarding Wildlife Damage Compensation, Conservation and the Predators that Prey on Their Livestock. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 13(3):205-206. doi:10.1080/108712008010886137.