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Robert Holsman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Contact Information
Phone: (715) 346-4546
Fax: (715) 346-3624
Office: CNR 346


Bob Holsman is a broadly trained social scientist whose primary interest and expertise involves understanding and integrating public sentiment into wildlife policy decision making. He earned both his bachelor and masters’ degrees from UW-Stevens Point. Bob completed a Ph.D. in the Human Dimensions of Wildlife from Michigan State University in 1999. Initially, Bob began his career as a radio news broadcaster and an occasional stand-up comedian, but a life-long interest in the outdoors drew him into the classroom to teach about natural resources issues. In 2009, he was named one of the top 15 faculty members at UWSP in a student survey by the Pointer newspaper. In addition to his teaching and research activities, Bob now provides primary oversight for the environmental law enforcement program in the College of Natural Resources. These duties include coordinating Conservation Warden Internships and serving as the faculty advisor for the Student Law Enforcement Association. Bob is a member of the Wildlife Society, the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officer Association and Wisconsin Conservation Warden Association.

Courses Taught

  • Natural Resources 392/592: Environmental Enforcement Theory and Principles
  • Natural Resources 473/673: Resource Policy & Law
  • Wildlife 372/572: Wildlife of North America
  • Wildlife 450/650: Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management


Dr. Holsman recently completed a study of the Wisconsin DNR’s credibility with deer hunters. Click here to view his report “Deer managers and deer hunters in Wisconsin: Irreconcilable differences?

Some his other research includes a study of hunter opinion about deer population estimates and hunter attitudes and behavior regarding Chronic Wasting Disease. In the fall of 2009, he plans to begin a project investigating efforts to improve hunter recruitment and retention.


Bob lives in Stevens Point with his wife, Angie, and two children, Jonathan and Jacob. He enjoys fishing, running and hunting.