Faculty Advisor

Golding, Dominic

Faculty Advisor

Shockey, Ingrid K.

Project Center

New Zealand


The New Zealand Department of Conservation is seeking to better manage coastal wildlife interactions as dogs become more prevalent on beaches with vulnerable wildlife. We used site assessments, surveys, and interviews to assess the public’s perceptions of dog-wildlife encounters. Since many dog owners frequent the beach to exercise their dogs, they have a greater chance of encountering coastal wildlife. We developed resources to educate dog owners about beach regulations and wildlife, and empower them to make better decisions with their dogs on beaches. Well-educated dog owners have the potential to influence other recreationists in creating a safer, more positive beach environment for people, dogs, and wildlife.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2017

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs