Petra Lackova

Petra Lackova

Nationality: Czech


Mailing address: The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, AB158QH, Scotland

PhD title: Wildlife Conflict Resolution and Adaptive Management in the Revival of White-tailed Eagles in Scotland


  • Steve Redpath
  • Justin Irvine
  • Juliette Young
  • Nils Bunnefeld
  • Ross Lilley- Scottish Natural Heritage


Keywords: Wildlife conflicts, adaptive management, collaboration, video methods

Start and end date of the PhD: April 2016 – April 2019


Today, over 100 pairs of the white-tailed sea eagle soar the Scottish skies, the outcome of reintroductions that brought the species back from extinction. While a conservation success story, the eagle comeback has escalated conflict over eagle predation of lambs and its perceived negative effect on hill sheep farming. Petra’s PhD works with land management, science and policy communities in Scotland’s west coast to build shared understandings of the socio-ecological dimensions and practical solutions of the conflict. Combining conflict resolution and adaptive management principles, the project develops a new approach to improve our ability to respond to wildlife conflicts.

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