Reviews of Working with People

“Conserving essential natural resources requires more than specialized knowledge and advanced technologies —it calls for finely honed 'people skills.' Brimming with insights from hands-on experience, this book offers reassuring, wise, and entertaining guidance from a seasoned professional.”

Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University, author of One with Nineveh and The Population Bomb

“This book is a guidepost and should be a part of college curricula in every natural resources program. Scott Bonar's varied experiences working with people come through in a rich text filled with rhetoric and history, sociology and psychology, politics and planning. His is an applied and pragmatic approach proffered to guide biologists toward fulfilling careers in conservation.”

Mamie Parker, assistant director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fisheries and Habitat Conservation

“This book will be an invaluable resource, particularly for students (undergraduate or graduate), but also for professionals inside and outside of academics whose interpersonal skills could use some polish....The content and the large amount of practical advice Bonar offers on a variety of matters are simply too potentially helpful in heading off unnecessary difficulties. I have made The Conservation Professional's Guide to Working with People a required textbook for my undergraduate and graduate students. I am just sorry that I did not have access to it sooner.”

Jeffrey V. Yule, Quarterly Review of Biology

“Thanks to Scott A. Bonar's book, The Conservation Professional's Guide to Working with People, you can now arm yourself with the most important people skills a conservation professional must have in his/her tool kit.... Like any book with a lot of valuable advice, this books needs to be read and reread...Keep this book handy so you can flip through it before being interviewed for a job, interviewing someone else, applying for a grant, starting an important project, or meeting with a landowners' association, or when you simply want to entertain yourself with good examples of how to and how not to work with people... Working with people is a “must read” for the conservation professional and you will recognize many of the issues and situations described. If you cannot relate to at least half the advice in Bonar's entertaining text in some way, than you are either clueless in dealing with people or are a theoretician who never leaves his/her office—and definitely need to reread this book!”

Cagan H. Sekercioglu, Ecology

“This practical, how-to book is written for resource professionals, ranging from students just embarking on their careers to seasoned managers and supervisors... I enjoyed reading this book and expect to consult it often in the future. I also look forward to bringing this book into my classrooms: Bonar's conversational style and the book's short, effective chapters will encourage reading by students and will provide material for engaging discussions. Furthermore, the high-quality binding and reasonable price of the paperback edition make for a valuable, durable book that is economically accessible to students and professionals alike.”

Dana M. Sanchez, Journal of Mammology

“I recommend the book to anyone who is short on time and looking for some new skills to bring to the table: it will make you more aware of your relationships with others and raise your skills—personal and professional— to a higher level.”

Heather K. Catuzo, Ecological Restoration

“This book means you don't have to read a book on conflict resolution, another on managing personnel, and a third on time management. Bonar has nicely summarized these in a single, easy-to-read book that is relevant to the conservation field.”

Helena Mills, Ecological Management and Restoration

“Scott Bonar does an exceptional job reframing mainstream theories of communication, negotiation, and time management especially relevant to natural resource professionals. Clear and concise, this work can help readers avoid the communication missteps that often handcuff efforts to protect our resources.”

Michael P. Dombeck, Professor of Global Conservation, University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point, chief emeritus, U.S. Forest Service

“Bonar's book should be required reading for academics and agency ecologists who believe their job is done when the results of their studies are published in journals or presented at scientific meetings. If improved communication allows science to be better represented in public decisions, then Scott Bonar has done his job.”

David Schindler, Killam Memorial Chair and professor of ecology, University of Alberta, Edmonton

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