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Environment & Society
Dr. Robert H. Schmidt

Dr. Robert H. Schmidt

Associate Professor (Research Interests: wildlife policy and human dimensions, wildlife damage management)
Department: Ecology Center, Environment & Society
Departmental Role: Environment & Society Faculty
Status: Faculty, Faculty Advisor
Location:  NR 348
Office Phone:  435.797.2536
Fax:  435.797.4048
Utah State University
Department of Environment & Society
5215 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5215

ENVS 3600- Living With Wildlife
ENVS 4950 - ST: Service Learning Practicum

Graduate Students:
Gary Bezzant - M.S. - Human Dimensions


Robert received his Ph.D. in Biological Ecology from the University of California, Davis, in 1986.  Prior to coming to USU in 1991, he was a Natural Resources Specialist in the Department of Forestry and Resource Management at the University of California, Berkeley.  From 1991-2002, he was a faculty member in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at USU.  In 2002, he moved to the newly created Department of Environment and Society.  

Robert's research focus is on relationships between humans and wildlife.  These relationships are often complicated, and at the heart of many disputes involving wildlife management.  His projects have focused on coyotes and livestock, gray wolves and humans, green sea turtles, urban predators, hunting and trapping ethics, and wildlife euthanasia.  Robert teaches a large course ("Living with Wildlife") designed to get students thinking about the impacts on biodiversity of habitat loss and fragmentation, over-exploitation, and invasive species.