Shawn Riley, Ph.D.
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Parrish Storrs Lovejoy Professor of Wildlife ManagementNatural Resources Building
480 Wilson Road, Room 2D
East Lansing, MI 48824
Area of Expertise:
Human dimensions of wildlife management; human-wildlife interactions; program evaluation; structured decision aiding
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
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Faculty Affiliate, MSU Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Fellow, The Wildlife Society
Dr. Riley is a professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and a scientist in the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management (PERM), sponsored by the Wildlife Division of Michigan's Department of Natural Resources. In the Land Grant tradition at MSU, Dr. Riley has a three-way appointment in research, teaching, and outreach.
At MSU, we conceptualize the system of wildlife management being comprised of three overlapping dimensions: habitats, wildlife organisms, and humans. What drives Dr. Riley's day-to-day activities is a desire to create more effective management of wildlife through increased knowledge and synthesis about human dimensions of the conservation enterprise. No matter where you are in the world, the work of conservation is accomplished through management within a framework of governance. That fact necessitates better information about humans and an understanding of their interactions with wildlife and the systems within which those interactions occur.
Dr. Riley's regular classroom teaching is a required upper division course, Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife.
- Changing value orientations of wildlife professionals in the United States. (In cooperation with The Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation)
- Improving partnerships for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Division: creation of public value through collaborative governance and partnerships.
- Assessing fear of large, wild animals in Sweden. (in cooperation with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
- Evaluating the opportunities and willingness of non-hunting outdoor recreationalists to engage in wildlife conservation.
- Accelerating development of leaders in state wildlife agencies. (in cooperation with Cornell University and The Wildlife Management Institute)
- 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
Ericsson, G., C. Sandström, and S. J. Riley. 2018. Rural-urban heterogeneity in stakeholder attitudes towards large carnivores in Sweden, 1976-2014. Chapter 10 (pages 190-205) in Hovardas, T., Editor, Large carnivore conservation and management in Europe: human dimensions and governance. Routledge Press.
Goguen, A. D., S. J. Riley, J. F. Organ, and B. A. Rudolph. 2018. Wild-harvested venison yields and sharing by Michigan deer hunters. Human Dimension of Wildlife: in press. DOI: 10.1080/10871209.2017.1409372
Lauricella, T. K., J. K. Ford, S. J Riley, C. L. Powers, and P. E. Lederle. 2017. Employee Perceptions Regarding an Organizational Change Initiative in a State Wildlife Agency. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 5:1-16.
Mawdsley, J. R., Organ, J. F., Decker, D. J., Forstchen, A. B., Regan, R .J., Riley, S. J., Boyce, M. S., McDonald, J. E., Dwyer, C. and Mahoney, S. P., 2018. Artelle et al. (2018) miss the science underlying North American wildlife management. Science Advances, 4(10), p.eaat8281.
Montgomery, R. A., K. Elliott, M. Hayward, S. Gray, J. J. Millspaugh, S. J. Riley, B. Kissui, D. B. Kramer, R. Moll, T. Mudumba, E. Tans, A. Muneza, L. Abade, J. Beck, C. Hoffmann, C. Booher, and D. Macdonald. 2018. Examining evident interdisciplinarity among prides of lion researchers. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 27.
Organ, J. F., D. J. Decker, S. J. Riley, J. E. McDonald, and S. P. Mahoney. 2019. Adaptive management in conservation. Pages xx-xx in Silvy, N., editor. Wildlife Techniques Manual, 8th Edition. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Riley, S. J., J. K. Ford, H. A. Triezenberg, and P. E. Lederle. 2018. Stakeholder trust in a state wildlife agency. Journal of Wildlife Management. DOI:10.1002/jwmg.21501.
Rudolph, B.A., and S. J. Riley. 2017. Gaining compliance and cooperation with regulated wildlife harvest. Pages 77–96 in Gore, M.L., ed., Conservation Criminology. Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, NJ, USA.
Current Graduate Students
- Megan Cross (PhD)
- Amber Goguen (PhD)
- Chris Henderson (PhD)
- Rachel Menale (MSc)