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Elizabeth F. Pienaar

Associate Professor, Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation
  • Ph.D. Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California - Davis, 2009
  • B.Econ. University of Queensland, Australia, 1999
  • B.A. University of Queensland, Australia, 1998
Awards, Honors and Recognitions:

Fellow, Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria

Research Fellow, African Wildlife Economy Institute, Stellenbosch University

Student Career Success Influencer Award, University of Georgia, 2022


Selected Publications:

Shapiro, H.G., Ruder, M.G., Nimlos, N.M., Pienaar, E.F. (2023) Understanding rabbit owners’ willingness to engage in disease prevention behaviors. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 219, 106018.

Nuñez-Godoy, C.C., Branch, L.C., Pienaar, E.F., Núñez-Regueiro, M. (2023) Determinants and costs of strategic enrollment of landowners in a payments for ecosystem services program in a deforestation hotspot: the Argentine Chaco forest. Ecosystem Services, 62, 101539.

Nuñez-Godoy, C.C., Pienaar, E.F. (2023) Motivations for and barriers to landowner participation in Argentina’s payments for ecosystem services program. Conservation Science and Practice, 5(8), e12991.

Nimlos, N.M., Martin, J.A., Palmer, W.E., Sisson, D.C., Pienaar, E.F. (2023). A cost assessment of wild quail management on private lands in the southeastern United States. Conservation Science and Practice, 5(7), e12950.

Shapiro, H.G., Pienaar, E.F. (2023). Falconer perceptions and support for rabbit hemorrhagic disease biosecurity actions. Human-Wildlife Interactions, in press.

Steele, Z.T., Pienaar, E.F. (2023). Educators’ and visitors’ perceptions of invasive species education in zoos. Visitor Studies, 26(2), 143-159.

Merz, L., Pienaar, E.F., Fik, T., Muyenga, S., Child, B. (2023). Wildlife institutions highly salient to human attitudes toward wildlife. Conservation Science and Practice, 5(2), e12879.

Shapiro, H.G., D’Angelo, G.J., Ruder, M.G., Pienaar, E.F. (2023). Engaging stakeholders in wildlife disease management: Hunters’ willingness to adopt and support biosecurity actions to prevent the spread of rabbit hemorrhagic disease. Conservation Science and Practice, 5(1), e12858.

Shapiro, H.G., Ruder, M.G., Pienaar, E.F. (2022). Down the rabbit hole: Rabbit owners’ perceptions of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2. EcoHealth, 19, 487-501.

Shapiro, H.G., Pienaar, E.F., Kohl, M.T. (2022). Barriers to management of a foreign animal disease at the wildlife-domestic animal interface: the case of rabbit hemorrhagic disease in the United States. Frontiers in Conservation Science, 3, 857678.

Nuñez-Godoy, C.C., Pienaar, E.F., Branch, L.C. (2022). Willingness of private landowners to participate in forest conservation in the Chaco region of Argentina. Forest Policy and Economics, 138, 102708.

Pienaar, E.F., Episcopio-Sturgeon, D.J., Steele, Z.T. (2022). Investigating public support for biosecurity measures to mitigate pathogen transmission through the herpetological trade. PloS ONE, 17, e0262719.

Jones, G.M., Brosi, B., Evans, J.M., Gottlieb, I.G.W., Loy, X., Núñez‐Regueiro, M.M., Ober, H.K., Pienaar, E.F., Pillay, R., Pisarello, K., Smith, L.L., Fletcher, R.J. (2022). Conserving alpha and beta diversity in wood‐production landscapes. Conservation Biology, 36, e13872.

Area of Specialty:
Research Areas:
Research Interests:
  • Conservation of wildlife, habitat and ecosystem services on private lands
  • Risks and benefits associated with the live animal trade
  • Economic valuation
  • FANR 3300 Economics of Renewable Resources
  • FANR/WILD 4820/6820 Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Wildlife Conservation
  • FANR 8950 Write Club


  • Handling Editor, Conservation Biology
  • Research Coordination and Review Committee, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Computers and Information Systems Committee, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

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