Harry Hilser
PhD researcher

Research

Research projects

Project Title:  Empathizing With Nature– Underpinning the Essence of Conservation Advocacy

Supervisors: Dr Stewart Barr; Dr Ewan Woodley

Funding Body: The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, UK

Project Description:
The current study aims to examine the causal links between advocacy and support for conservation based activities, placed within a theoretical context. The investigation takes root at the sociological and ecological sources of advocacy. By exploring the theoretical bases of prosocial and proenvironmental behaviour such as empathy, including theories of inclusion and social practice theory, whilst utilizing current social marketing and psychological techniques, I hope to gain insight into the propensity for alterations in individual’s moral compasses. It is predicted that the mutual and synergistic goals of filling gaps in our understanding of mechanisms of advocacy whilst enhancing in-situ conservation strategies will be achieved.

Publications/Presentations:

Hilser, H., Bowkett, A., Melfi, V., Tasirin, J., Siwi, Y., Agung, I., Masson, G., Plowman, A. (2013). A substantial non-native population of the Critically Endangered Sulawesi crested black macaque persists on the island of Bacan, North Maluku. Oryx, 47, 479-480.

Hilser, H., Melfi, V., Sampson, H., Tasirin, J. (2013). Species Conservation Action Plan – Sulawesi Crested Black Macaques (Macaca nigra). Second Draft.

Hilser, H., Ehlers-Smith, D., Ehlers-Smith, Y. (2014). Mortality as a Result of an Elevated Parasite Load in Presbytis rubicunda. Folia Primatologica.

Hilser, H., Aldrich, B., Cheyne, S. (submitted). The Role of the Veterinarian in Connecting Primate Welfare with The UK Pet Trade. Animal Welfare

Hilser, H., Melfi, V., Sampson, V. (in preparation). Attitudes and Advocacy Towards Conservation of a Critically Endangered Primate Species in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Hilser, H., Cheyne, S., Morrogh-Bernard, H., Ehlers-Smith, D. (submitted). Creating Connections: Integrating Health Monitoring Into Primate Conservation Management.

Hilser, H., Cheyne, S., Morrogh-Bernard, H., Ehlers-Smith, D. (submitted). Socioecology and Gastro- Intestinal Parasites of Sympatric Primate Species Inhabiting the Sabangau Peat-Swamp Forest, Central Kalimantan.

Bowkett, A., Farmer, H., Hilser, H., Melfi, V. (2013). Working to save Sulawesi crested black macaques. BIAZA Lifelines.

Hilser, H., Cheyne, S., Morrogh-Bernard, H., Ehlers-Smith, D. (2011). Socioecology and Gastro-Intestinal Parasites of Sympatric Primate Species Inhabiting the Sabangau Peat-Swamp Forest, Central Kalimantan. Presentation at the European Federation of Primatologists Meeting, Portugal.

Hilser, H. (2012). Selamatkan Yaki – Working to Save Sulawesi crested black macaques and their naïve habitat. Oral presentation at the Wallace Darwin Symposium, Hassanudin University, Makassar.

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