Environment and Society
Wildlife human interactions and relationships
Dr. Schmidt'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. Dr. Schmidt 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.