Dr. Terry A. Messmer

Wildland Resources


Dr. Terry A. Messmer

Contact Information

Office Location: BNR 279
Phone: (435) 797-3975
Email: terry.messmer@usu.edu
Additional Information:


Terry A. Messmer is a Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University (USU), 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 Ph.D. in Animal and Range Sciences, from North Dakota State University, Fargo. He is the Director of the Jack H. Berryman Institute (BI) for Wildlife Damage Management, Utah Community-Based Conservation Program (CBCP).  He holds the Quinney Professorship of Wildlife Conflict Management in the Quinney College of Natural Resources. As the BI director, he works with stakeholders to resolve human-wildlife conflicts through research, education, outreach, and policy implementation.  As the CBCP director, he works with stakeholders to identify implement, and evaluate the effects of management actions on sage-grouse, other sagebrush obligate species, and the conservation of western landscapes. The CBCP was awarded the 2015 Western Extension Directors Association Award of Excellence and The Wildlife Society’s (TWS) 2016 Group Achievement Award. His extension and applied research programs encompass the identification, implementation, and evaluation of conservation strategies, technologies, and partnerships to benefit agriculture, wildlife, and resource stakeholders by reducing human-wildlife conflicts.  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 USU in 2008 as the Outstanding Graduate Mentor.  In 2007 he was awarded the prestigious E.G. Peterson Award, the highest award presented annually to the USU Extension professional who has provided outstanding service to the state of Utah. In 2015, he received the Conservation Champion Award from the Utah Cooperative Wildlife Management Association. In 2016 he received the Caesar Kleberg Award for Excellence in Applied Research from The Wildlife Society, and the Western Regional Excellence in Extension Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  In 2017 he received the Utah Governors Medal for Science and Technology.  He is a longtime TWS member and past President of the North Dakota Chapter, Utah Chapter, and Central, Plains, Mountain Section of TWS. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Human-Wildlife Interactions, past Editor-in-chief of The Wildlife Society Bulletin, and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Wildlife Management and The Wildlife Society Bulletin. He was selected as a TWS Fellow in 2006.  He recently retired as a Colonel in the US Army Reserve where served as the commander of multiple units during 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
Steven Zanoni - MS
Trevon Strange - MS


WILD 5220/7220 - Community-based Conservation Partnerships

Research Links

Utah Community-Based Conservation Program
Jack H. Berryman Institute
Sage-Grouse Restoration Project
Utah Cooperative Wildlife Management Association
Human-Wildlife Interactions