Educational Methods for Controlling Exotic Species: Comparing Sonora, Mexico and Oregon, U.S.A.

TitleEducational Methods for Controlling Exotic Species: Comparing Sonora, Mexico and Oregon, U.S.A.
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsGoings, Carrie A.
Academic DepartmentBiology, College of Science
Thesis AdvisorHouck, Lynne
DegreeBachelor of Arts in International Studies in Biology
Number of Pages25
Date Published06/2003
UniversityOregon State University
Thesis TypeUndergraduate
Keywordsbiology, education, Exotic species, Mexico, oregon

Exotic species are plants or animals that evolved in one area, and are then transported to another area. Introducing exotic species can cause large scale ecological change within a habitat. The objective of this thesis is to inform the public about educational methods currently in use to educate the public about exotic species.
The methods I used to collect information included observation, communication, “hands-on” fieldwork, enrollment in Ecology courses, and research via the Oregon State University Valley Library and the Internet.
Educational methods used in Sonora include elementary education, cartoon books for fishers, and pamphlets for tourists. Educational methods in Oregon include volunteer opportunities, visiting arboretums, interactive computer models, and videos. The Internet also was a source of information.
Elementary education is a good way of educating for the future and accessing the present generation of parents. Cartoon books and pamphlets appeal to this audience and offer relevant information. Volunteer opportunities increase knowledge and offer a personal sense of accomplishment. Interactive computer models and videos appeal to people in our technological society and offer quick and easy dissemination of information. Arboretums offer enjoyment and learning in one place.
In conclusion, educating the public is critical in preventing the introduction of exotic species. However, a broader emphasis on the harms of exotic species needs to include the general public.