Dr. Robert H. Schmidt portrait Robert H. Schmidt
Associate Professor and Extension Wildlife Damage Specialist
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife,
Utah State University
Logan UT 84322-5210


Robert H. Schmidt graduated with honors in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University in 1976. In 1981, he completed his M.S. degree on the foraging ecology of red foxes and was employed as a Research Technologist with the University of Nebraska on a project evaluating the use of bird distress and alarm sounds as repellents for birds around military and commercial airports.
In 1986, Dr. Schmidt completed a Ph.D. program at the University of California at Davis in Biological Ecology, specializing in the management of biological systems in disturbed environments. From 1986 to 1991, he was employed as a Wildlife and Natural Resource Specialist in the Department of Forestry and Resource Management, University of California, Berkeley, with primary
responsibility for developing and teaching techniques for reestablishing native oaks in woodlands while maintaining and enhancing oak-associated wildlife habitat.
Dr. Robert Schmidt with a Western Coyote
In 1991, Dr. Schmidt joined the faculty in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Utah State University and, in 2002, became a founding member of the new Department of Environment and Society. His extension and outreach focus is
on professionalism and professional development, technique use, and decision-making within the wildlife damage management profession. Dr. Schmidt teaches or has taught courses in wildlife management techniques, wildlife and natural resource policy, environmental ethics, diversity and gender issues in natural resources, urban wildlife management, wildlife for non-majors (“Living with Wildlife”), collaborative problem-solving in natural resources, and predator ecology and management. His current research interests include exotic species ecology and management, taboo areas within wildlife management, livestock predation management systems, the sociology of wildlife biologists,
public attitudes toward wildlife management practices, the emerging nuisance wildlife control industry, human impacts on sea turtles, teaching pedagogies for natural resources, and predicting the biological, social, and economic impacts of gray wolves in Utah. Dr. Schmidt is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Forest, Range, and Wildlife Sciences, and currently serves
as the Service-Learning Coordinator for the university.

Dr. Schmidt is past-president of the National Animal Damage Control Association and the Western Section of The Wildlife Society, and past Chair of the Vertebrate Pest Council. He has authored or co-authored over 200 popular and technical publications.
Robert H. Schmidt in front of the Delicate Arch

Sample publications

Wagner, K. K., R. H. Schmidt, and M. R. Conover. 1997. Compensation programs
for wildlife damage in North America. Wildlife Society Bulletin 25:312-319.

Ludders, J. W., R. H. Schmidt, F. J. Dein, and P. N. Klein. 1999. Drowning is
not euthanasia. Wildlife Society Bulletin 27:666-670.

Andelt, W. F., R. L. Phillips, R. H. Schmidt, and R. Bruce Gill. 1999.
Trapping furbearers: an overview of the biological and social issues
surrounding a public policy controversy. Wildlife Society Bulletin 27:53-64.

Reiter, D. K., M. W. Brunson, and R. H. Schmidt. 1999. Public attitudes toward
wildlife damage management and policy. Wildlife Society Bulletin 27:746-758

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