Faculty Advisor

Elmes, Michael B.

Faculty Advisor

Ruiz, Carolina

Project Center

New Zealand


This project aimed to help the New Zealand Department of Conservation address the effects that domestic dogs have on coastal birds. Survey, interview, and focus group methods helped us to understand current dog owner behavior, knowledge, and motivations when they exercise their dogs on beaches, and to differentiate types of dog owners. Based on our findings, we recommended a wide variety of intervention methods designed to reach dog owners effectively to encourage safe dog-wildlife interactions and responsible dog management. Our intervention methods include supplemental signage, community events, pledge campaigns, and web-based approaches.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department


Advisor Department

Computer Science

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