Shawn Riley, Ph.D.

Shawn Riley

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Professor - Emeritus
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife


PhD (1998) Cornell University: Wildlife Science (minors: Resource Policy Analysis and Management, and Environmental Economics)
MSc (1982) Montana State University: Fish and Wildlife Management (minor: Range Management)
BSc (1980) Montana State University: Biological Sciences, Fisheries & Wildlife Concentration


Dr. Riley is an emeritus professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and a scientist in the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management sponsored by Michigan's Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He is also a faculty affiliate with the MSU Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, and an Adjunct Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech University’s Center for Environmental Security. Dr. Riley currently is working a reduced schedule and most of his efforts are aimed at research and outreach with the DNR. During 2009-2010, Dr. Riley served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow to Sweden. During 2022, he was a Fulbright Specialist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå. 

Dr. Riley is no longer accepting graduate students.

Research Endeavors:

  • Assessing beliefs and attitudes towards wolves and wolf management in Michigan (in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources).
  • Assessing fear of large, wild animals in Sweden (in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences).
  • Assessing the dynamics of sharing and receiving wild-harvested venison in Michigan and Sweden: a comparison of different regulatory and normative frameworks (in cooperation with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences).

Publication Profiles:

MSU Scholar Profile

Recent Publications:


Burton, S., D. Kramer, K. Frank, and S. J. Riley. 2023. The role of social networks in developing of partnerships with state wildlife agencies. Human Dimensions of Wildlife

Menale, R. T., S. J. Riley, and J. F. Organ. 2023.  Change in attitudes and beliefs about uses of wildlife among wildlife conservation professionals.  The Wildlife Society Bulletin

O’Brien, D., R. Kao, R. Little, G. Enticott, and S. J. Riley,. 2023. The road not travelled: Bovine tuberculosis in England and Wales, and Michigan, USA. One Health Cases.

Riley, S. J., and A. K. Fuller.  2023.  Human dimensions, decision science, and the Endangered Species Act.  Chapter 14 in L. E. Baier and J. F. Organ, Editors.  The Codex of the Endangered Species Act: The Next Fifty Years (Volume II). Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, MD, USA.


Decker, D.J., S. J. Riley, and W. F. Siemer. 2022. Human dimensions of wildlife management. Chapter 4 in P. R. Krausman and J. W. Cain, III, editors. Wildlife Management & Conservation: Contemporary Principles, & Practices, 2nd Edition. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Decker, D. J., E. F. Pomeranz , A. B. Forstchen, S. J. Riley, P. E. Lederle, M. V. Schiavone, M. S. Baumer, C. A. Smith, R. K. Frohlich, R. J. Benedict and R. King. 2022. Taking time to think: The tyranny of being "Too Busy" and the practice of wildlife management.  Frontiers in Conservation Science

Ford, J. K., S. J. Riley, J. Van Fossen, and E. F. Pomeranz. 2022.  Exploring transformative change in a state wildlife agency. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 28(3):

Mudumba, T., R. J. Moll, S. Jingo, S. J. Riley, D. W. MacDonald, C. Astaras, and R. A. Montgomery. 2022.  Influence of social status and industrial development on attitude toward use of illegal hunting tools.  Global Ecology and Conservation 38: e02271.

Siemer, W. F., D. J. Decker, and S. J. Riley. 2021Key concepts in human dimensions of wildlife conservation.  Chapter 7 in Bishop, C. Editor. Concepts in wildlife conservation. Great River Learning, Dubuque, IA, USA. 


Gillotti, L., T. Teel, and S. J. Riley.  2021.  Human dimensions of cougar management: public attitudes and values. in Jenks, J. A., editor. Managing cougars in North America. Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Berryman Institute Press, 2nd edition. 

Henderson, C. D., S. J. Riley, E. F. Pomeranz, and D. B. Kramer. 2021Stakeholder support for wildlife conservation funding policies.  Frontiers in Conservation Science

Siemer, W. F., M. S. Baumer, E. F. Pomeranz, D. J. Decker, A. B. Forstchen, S. J. Riley, M. V. Schiavone, C. A. Smith, and P. E. Lederle. 2021. Accelerating development of fish and wildlife professionals will take more than training.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 46(1): e1258.

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