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Terry Messmer

Terry Messmer

Ecology/Wildland Resources


Contact Information

Office Location: BNR 279
IconPhone: 435-797-3975


Terry A. Messmer is a Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University, Logan. He received BS degrees in Fisheries and Wildlife Management and Biology from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; and MS degrees in Botany, and Community and Regional Planning, and a PhD in Animal and Range Sciences, from North Dakota State University, Fargo. He is the Director of the Jack H. Berryman Institute for Wildlife Damage Management, the Quinney Professorship of Wildlife Conflict Management in the Quinney College of Natural Resources, and the Director of the Utah Community-Based Conservation Program (CBCP). The CBCP was awarded the 2015 Western Extension Directors Association Award of Excellence. His extension activities encompass the identification, implementation, and evaluation of conservation strategies, technologies, and partnerships to benefit agriculture, wildlife, and resource stakeholders by reducing human-wildlife conflicts. As CBCP director he works with diverse stakeholders to identify implement, and evaluate the effects of management actions on sage-grouse, other sagebrush obligate species, and the conservation of western landscapes. He is a member of and the scientific advisor to the Utah Governor’s Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Task Force and Strategy Team. He has served as the major professor for 55 graduate students and 5 Post-Doc Fellows. He was recognized by Utah State University in 2007 at commencement as the Outstanding Graduate Mentor. In 2006 he was awarded the prestigious E.G. Peterson Award, the highest award presented annually to the Utah State University Extension professional who has provided outstanding service to the state of Utah. In 2015, he was presented the Conservation Champion Award by the Utah Cooperative Wildlife Management Association. He is a member of the Society for Range Management and The Wildlife Society (TWS), past President of the North Dakota Chapter, Utah Chapter, and Central, Plains, Mountain Section of The Wildlife Society. He is the past Editor-in-chief of The Wildlife Society Bulletin, and a currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Wildlife Management and the Wildlife Society Bulletin. He was selected a TWS Fellow in 2006. Lastly, he recently retired as a Colonel in the US Army Reserve where served as the commander of multiple units during recent combat deployments. His military awards include the Military Order of Medical Merit and the Bronze Star.

Melissa Chelak - PhD
Seth Dettenmaier - PhD
Brandon Flack - MS
Pat Jackson - PhD
Lucian McDonald - MS
Matthew Proett - MS
Justin Small - MS
Wayne Smith - MS

WILD 5220/7220 - Community-based Conservation Partnerships

Curriculum Vitae

Research Links:
Utah Community-Based Conservation Program
Jack H. Berryman Institute
Sage-Grouse Restoration Project
Utah Cooperative Wildlife Management Association