Date Thesis Awarded

5-2019

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

Government

Advisor

Daniel Maliniak

Committee Members

S.P Harish

Dorothy Ibes

Abstract

Invasive species are increasingly harming Alaska’s natural resources and communication efforts have been identified as a cost-effective method of preventing their spread. However, current communications are limited in Alaska and communication efforts have not been assessed. Using the theory of a social contract, this study raises the question: “Why have communication efforts not been successful in preventing the spread of invasive species?” This project primarily assesses opinions about invasive species from conference attendees at the Alaska Annual Invasive Species Workshop and local businesses in Alaska. Using semi-structured interviews, insights are gathered into shared value systems, level of knowledge, and degree of concern about invasive species. Answers from the two response groups are compared. Results are discussed.

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