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NR 501 - Leadership and Public Communications

  • 3 credits

Students communicate with people for biodiversity's sake. Students will identify and analyze relevant audiences and will use principles of psychology and communication to effectively listen to and communicate with their audience with the goals of increasing awareness, improving attitudes, and promoting positive behaviors. Students will prepare several written, visual, and oral communication pieces.

This course can be applied toward:

Conservation Actions with Lands, Animals, and People Graduate Certificate


One natural resource management course (NR 100 to 481 - at least 1 course), one communication course and (CO 100 to 481 - at least 1 course or JTC 100 to 481 - at least 1 course or SPCM 100 to 481 - at least 1 course), or consent of instructor.

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • Communication Skills for Conservation Professionals (Island Press, Washington, DC, USA), 2nd Ed. (2009)
    Susan Jacobson
    ISBN: 1597263907
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore
    Available as an ebook for free through CSU’s library. Print editions available through Amazon and elsewhere.


Heather B. Jackson
Heather B. Jackson

Heather Jackson is a conservation and landscape ecologist with a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University. She is interested in research that will help conservation organizations maximize biodiversity protection given limited funds. In addition, her research aims to help researchers and conservation planners to conduct their work at the spatial scales that are most relevant to the species with which they are concerned. Dr. Jackson administers the Conservation Actions with Lands, Animals, and People graduate certificate provided through the Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology department.