Terry Messmer

Wildland Resources Dept

Wildlife Specialist


Terry  Messmer

Contact Information

Office Location: BNR 279 / USU Campus
Phone: (453) 797-3975
Email: terry.messmer@usu.edu
Website: http://www.cnr.usu.edu/wild/

Educational Background

PhD, Animal and Range Sciences, North Dakota State University, 1990
Effects of Grazing Systems on Breeding Birds
MS, Community and Regional Planning, North Dakota State University, 1985
MS, Natural Resources Management, (Botany), North Dakota State University, 1984
Effects of Specialized Grazing Systems on Waterfowl
BS, Biology, University of North Dakota, 1979
BS, Fisheries and Wildlife Management, University of North Dakota, 1977

Biography

Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University. Logan. Director of the Jack H. Berryman Institute for Wildlife Damage Management, Quinney Professorship of Wildlife Conflict Management, Director Utah Community-Based Conservation Program.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Messmer developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Utah State University.His research, teaching, and extension activities include identification, implementation, and evaluation of conservation strategies, technologies, and partnerships that can benefit local economies, community dynamics, leadership and social structure, and new and traditional wildlife stakeholders. He is particularly interested in the reevaluation of contemporary natural resources management policies and paradigms regarding the contributions of private lands to natural resources conservation, and the abatement of human-wildlife conflicts.

Research Interests

He is involved in state, regional, and national research, teaching, and extension education programs designed to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts. He has supervised and advised 60 graduate students and 5 post-doctoral fellows who have completed research projects addressing species conservation and mitigation of human-wildlife conflicts. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications and over 200 extension publications.

Awards

Utah Governors Medal for Science and Technology, 2017

Utah Governors Office of Economic Development

Western Region Excellence in Extension Award, 2016

Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

The Wildlife Society Group Achievement Award, 2016

The Wildlife Society

Caesar Kleberg Award for Excellence in Applied Wildlife Research, 2016

The Wildlife Society

Certificate of Appreciation, 2019

The Wildlife Society

.L. MCATEE & G.V. BURGER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE AS AN ASSOCIATE EDITOR. TW.L. McAtee and G.V. Burger Award for Outstanding Service as an Associate Editor , 2019

The Wildlife Society

Award of Excellence, 2019

Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Letter of Appreciation, 2015

Six County Association of Governments

Western Extension Director's Award of Excellence, 2015

Western Extension Directors Association

Meritorious Service Medal , 2014

US ARMY

Letter of Appreciation, 2013

Utah Governor's office

2013 Conservation Champion, 2013

CWMU Assocation

Promotion, 2012

US Army Medical Command

Order of Medical Military Merit, 2012

Army Medical Department/Corps

Meritorious Service Medal, 2011

U.S. Army

Rural Utah Award, 2010

Utah Rural Summit

National Conference Program Chair, 2010

The Wildlife Society

Oxford Roundtable Participant, 2009

Outstanding Graduate Mentor, 2008

Graduate School, Utah State University

Fellow, 2007

The Wildlife Society

E.G. Peterson Award, 2007

Utah State University Extension

Bronze Star, 2004

U.S. Army


    Publications | Book Chapters

  • Messmer, T.A, (2012). Human Dimensions of Wildife Management : Human Dimension of Wildlife Use - Management . John Hopkins University Press
  • Messmer, T.A, Wildlife Uses: Chapter 15 in D. J. Decker, T. L. . John Hopkins Press, NY.
  • Messmer, T.A, Human Dimensions of Wildlife Uses: Managing Users and Uses: Human Dimensions of Wildlife . John Hopkins University Press and The Wildlife Society

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Fact Sheets

  • Dahlgren, D., Messmer, T.A, Thacker, E., (2016). Considerations for Sage-Grouse Management Objectives. USU Extension
  • Dahlgren, D., Messmer, T.A, Thacker, E., (2016). Considerations for Sage-Grouse Management Objectives. Utah State University Extension
  • Dahlgren, D., Thacker, E., Messmer, T.A, (2015). What does a Sage-grouse Eat?. USU Extension Fact Sheet
  • Nelson, R., Messmer, T.A, (2012). Controlling Ground Squirrels in Beaver County, Utah.. Utah State University Extension

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

Professional Journal

  • Messmer, T.A, Wing, B., (2016). Impact of sagebrush nutrients and monoterpenes on greater sage-grouse vital rates. Berryman Institute, 10:2, 157-168.
  • Dahlgren, D., Messmer, T.A, Crabb, B.A, Larsen, R.T, Black, T., Frey, S., Thacker, E., Baxter, R.J, Robinson, J.D, (2016). Seasonal movements of greater sage-grouse populations in Utah: Implications for species conservation. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 40, 288–299.
  • parks, m., Messmer, T.A, (2016). Participant Perceptions of Range Rider Programs Operating to Mitigate Wolf-Livestock Conflicts in the Western United States. The Wildlife Society Bulletin/The Wildlife Society
  • Proett, M., Messmer, T.A, (2016). Double Brooding Observed in a Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse in Idaho . The Wilson Ornithological Society/The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 128:Vol 1, No 3., 672-675.
  • Dahlgren, D., Messmer, T.A, Crabb, B., Larsen, R., Black, T., Frey, S., Thacker, E., Baxter, R., Robinson, J., (2016). Seasonal movements of greater sage-grouse populations in Utah: Implications for species conservation.. Wildlife Society Bulletin , 40, 288 - 300.
  • sandford, c., david, d., Messmer, T.A, (2015). Sage-grouse Nests in an Active Conifer Mastication Site. The Prairie Naturalist/Great Plains Natural Science Society, 47:1, 105-106.
  • Dahlgren, D., Messmer, T.A, Seasonal Movements of Greater Sage-Grouse Populations in Utah: Implications for Species Conservation". The Wildlife Society Bulletin/The Wildlife Society
  • Dahlgren, D., Guttery, M., Messmer, T.A, Evaluating Vital-Rate Contributions to Greater Sage-Grouse Population Dynamics to Inform Conservation. Ecological Society of America/Ecosphere
  • Messmer, T.A, Thacker, E., (2013). Greater Sage-Grouse Sex Ratios: Does the Evidence Support the Assumption? Journal of Wildlife Management. Journal of Wildlife Management, 77, 1593-1597.
  • Guttery, M., Messmer, T.A, Thacker, E., (2013). GREATER SAGE-GROUSE (CENTROCERCUS UROPHASIANUS) SEX RATIOS: . Journal of wildlife management, 8:77, 1593-1597.
  • Breidinger, L., Mock, K.E, Messmer, T.A, (2013). Greater sage-grouse and natural gas development in Utah: using population genetic data for conservation efforts.. Western North American Naturalist, 73, 73:177-183.
  • Nelson, R., Frey, S., Messmer, T.A, (2012). Using IPM techniques to Improve Cooperator Effectiveness to Mitigate Damage Caused by Townsend Ground Squirrels. Journal of National Association of County Agricultural Agents, 5:Issue 1
  • Thacker, E., Gardner, D., Messmer, T.A, Guttrey, M., David, D., (2012). Using Gas Chromatography to Determine Winter Diets of Greater Sage-grouse in Utah. Journal of Wildlife Management, 76:1
  • Boyd, C., Messmer, T.A, (2011). Looking Toward a Brighter Future for Lekking Grouse. Society for Range Management - Rangelands, 33:6, 2-11.
  • Christine, P., Messmer, T.A, (2011). Biological Consequences of Feeding Mule Deer in Developed Landscapes in Northern Utah. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 35:3, 252-260.
  • Thacker, E., Gardner, D., Messmer, T.A, Guttery, M., Use of gas chromatography to determine sagebrush compostion in sage-grouse pellets. Jounral of Wildife Management
  • Dahlgren, D., Messmer, T.A, Koons, D.N, (2010). Achieving better estimates of greater sage-. Journal of Wildlife Management, 74, 1286-1294.
  • Peterson, C., Messmer, T.A, (2010). Can public meeting accurately affect public attitudes toward wildlife?. Journal of Wildlife Management, 74, 1588-1594.
  • Prather, P., Messmer, T.A, (2010). Raptor and corvide responses to power distribution lines perch deterrents in Utah. Journal of Wildlife Management, 74, 796-800.
  • Dahlgren, D., Messmer, T.A, Guttery, M., Thacker, E., (2010). Evaluation of Brood Detection Techniques: Recommendations for Estimating Greater Sage-Grouse Productivity.. Western North American Naturalist, 70, 233-237.

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Technical Reports

Research Reports

Other Reports

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Other

Bulletins

  • Dahlgren, D.K, Thacker, E., Messmer, T.A, (2015). What does a sage-grouse eat?. Utah State University Extension
  • McAvoy, D., Messmer, T.A, Olsen, S.H, (2012). Utah State University Extension--forestry, small acreage, and wildlife: Conservation programs for private lands. USU Extension

Magazine/Trade Publications

    Newsletter

    Other

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Teaching

    WILD 7220 - Community-based Conservation Partnerships, Spring 2019
    WILD 5220, 7220 - Community-based Conservation Partnerships, Spring 2018
    WILD 5220 - Community-based Conservation Partnerships, Spring 2017
    WILD 5220, 7220 - Community-based Conservation Partnerships, Spring 2016
    WILD 5220 - Community-based Conservation Partnerships, Spring 2015
    WILD 6900 - Graduate Special Topics, Spring 2014
    WILD 6900 - Graduate Special Topics, Fall 2013
    6900 - Directed Studies, Fall 2012
    WILD 6900 - Graduate Special Topics, Fall 2011
    WILD 5220/7220 - Natural Resources Management Conservation Partnerships, Spring 2010

    Extension

    Extension Employee Civil Rights, 2012 - Ongoing
    Sustainable Development Partnerships, 2010 - Ongoing
    Community-Based Conservation, 2004 - Ongoing
    Endangered Species Management and Conservation, 2001 - Ongoing
    Evaluation of Conservation Strategies and Technologies, 2001 - Ongoing
    Wildlife Damage Management, 2001 - Ongoing
    Wildlife Management on Private Lands, 1994 - Ongoing
    Community-Based Conservation-- sage-grouse LWGs, 2002 - 2015
    Wildlife Management on Private Lands, 2007 - 2012
    Wildlife Management on Private Lands, 2007 - 2012

    Graduate Students Mentored

    Travon Strange, Wildland Resources, May 2019
    Luke MacDonald, Wildland Resources, January 2019
    Hailey Wayment, Wildland Resources, August 2018
    Steve Zanoni, Wildland Resources, April 2017
    Melissa Chelak, Wildland Resources, January 2016
    Wayne Smith, Wildland Resources, January 2016
    Justin Small, Wildland Resources, August 2014
    Pat Jackson, Wildland Resources, August 2012
    James Taylor, Wildland Resources, January 2010
    Luke MacDonald, Wildland Resources, September 2016 - May 2019
    Seth Dettenmaier, Wildland Resources, September 2011 - October 2018
    Brandon Flack, Wildland Resources, August 2014 - December 2017
    Charles Sanford, Wildland Resources, January 2014 - June 2017
    Matt Proett, Wildland Resources, August 2013 - January 2017
    Avery Cook, Wildland Resources, September 2011 - June 2016
    Casey Cardinal, Wildland Resources, May 2010 - December 2015
    Molly Brown, Wildland Resources, August 2013 - May 2015
    Brian Wing, Wildland Resources, January 2012 - August 2014
    Orrin Duvuvuei, Wildland Resources, September 2011 - August 2013
    Stephanie Graham, Wildland Resources, January 2009 - May 2013
    Todd Black, Wildland Resources, August 2006 - January 2013
    Natasha Gruber, Wildland Resources, September 2008 - December 2012
    Gretchen Hochnedal, Wildland Resources, January 2008 - July 2012
    Danny Caudill, Wildland Resources, August 2007 - October 2011
    Michael Guttery, Wildland Resources, August 2005 - December 2010
    Phoebe Prather, Wildland Resources, January 2005 - June 2010
    Chris Perkins, Wildland Resources, January 2007 - May 2010
    Eric Thacker, Wildland Resources, February 2006 - May 2010
    Ron Greer, Wildland Resources, January 2002 - March 2010