Shari Rodriguez

Assistant 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/BIOL 3130) - in person and online formats
Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management (WFB 4930 - undergraduate)
Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management (WFB 8610 and 8611 - graduate)
Wildlife Biology Lab (WFB 3010)
Wildlife Biology (WFB 3000)
Non-game Wildlife Management (WFB 4400)
Graduate Seminar (FNR 8080)

 Research Interests

Human dimensions of wildlife conservation and management; wildlife conservation on private lands; economic incentives; private lands stewardship; human-wildlife interactions and conflicts; recreational hunting behavior; attitudes, perceptions and behaviors towards wildlife.

 Extension and Outreach

Faculty Advisor, Clemson University Tigers for Tigers


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. 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, H. Hansen, B. Gardner and C. Jensen. 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., B. Thurmond, M. McHale, S. Rodriguez, M. Cook and J. M. Grove. 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, and M. Green. 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.

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.

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.