Human Wildlife Conflict

Dr. Hayley Adams working to ring (band) European migratory songbirds as they stopped to feed in Tsavo, Kenya.
Dr. Hayley Adams working to ring (band) European migratory songbirds as they stopped to feed in Tsavo, Kenya.
Photo by Dr. Hayley Adams via Instagram @drhayleyadams

This course introduces issues of human and wildlife conflict both in historical context & current conservation.  Explore solutions, including innovative & traditional agricultural practices, hunting & tourism as potential means of off-setting the cost of wildlife damage, & policy development at the local, regional, and national or international levels.

Course Objectives

  • Define human-wildlife conflict & examine its importance in historical & modern-day conservation
  • Provide examples of human-wildlife conflict & solutions that have been both successful & unsuccessful in the field
  • Appreciate the importance of cultural context in the problem-solving approach to HWC
  • Perform a critical evaluation of the factors leading to HWC, through the use of case studies
  • Practice problem-solving and apply solutions to mitigate HWC
  • Apply forensics approaches to assist in investigations involving HWC


Hayley R. Adams, DVM, PhD, DACVPM, DACVM

From Dr. Adams: “I have over 20 years of experience in wildlife veterinary medicine, conservation, and issues related to One Health in Africa, and have had the pleasure of working with a variety of domestic and wild animals over the years. I created a charitable organization, Silent Heroes Foundation, in 2010 as a way of contributing to conservation & One Health efforts in Africa. I am a veterinarian, and have a PhD in wildlife epidemiology and virology. I am a board certified Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Microbiology. I currently teach conservation medicine and related courses at the University of Florida. I am a Certified Meditation Instructor & Compassion Fatigue Therapist in order to better assist those in my profession who may be suffering in silence. I am an author with my first book, Conscious Conservation: Less Doing, More Being, available now.”


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Registration Fee: $95

Credits: 11 CE Hours – 1.1 CEUs

Getting Started

Outline and Schedule

  • This CE is entirely self-paced and consists of a series of video lectures along with suggested readings and podcasts.


  • This course is taught entirely online as a self-paced independent study. The course will be delivered using the UF centrally supported learning management system, eLearning. Students can access eLearning by visiting, clicking the blue “Log In to Continuing Education Button”, and logging in with the information used to enroll in the course. 


  • This course provides you with approximately 11 hours of CE content and is the equivalent of 1.1 CEUs. Your CE will be awarded by a certificate of completion that you will receive once you submit a satisfactory final assignment. Multiple attempts are allowed.


  • In order to receive CE credit and your Certificate of Completion you will submit a short essay (1-2 paragraphs, single spaced, 12 point font)  describing which case study or aspect of human-wildlife conflict you found to be most interesting, and why. If you have any questions about this assignment please email me at


If you have issues with the course content, please reach out to your instructor – Dr. Hayley Adams. Please allow 48 hours for a response.

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For any additional questions, please contact the Maples Center Administrative Team.