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Benjamin Sedinger


Ben Sedinger grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he developed a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. He honed this passion into a career during his university studies in Reno, Nevada, and while working on ecological research projects around North America. Ben is especially interested in waterfowl ecology and using quantitative tools to advance the conservation of wildlife and the habitats they rely on. When Ben is not on campus, he enjoys hunting, riding his bike, playing hockey, and spending time in the outdoors with his wife, young daughter, and dogs.

Experiences and Interests

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (July 2019-Present)

Research Interests

  • Wildlife population ecology
  • Harvest dynamics
  • Life-history evolution
  • Quantitative ecology 

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Researcher (2018-2019)



  • Advisor to the Ducks Unlimited Student Chapter
  • Advisor to the Wildlife Society Student Chapter Waterfowl Project
  • CNR graduate student committee
  • CNR student research symposium committee


  • Steering Committee member for Waterfowl Hunters Expo (2020-present).
  • Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Waterfowl Committee Member (2019-present).
  • Professional Memberships:
  • American Ornithological Society
  • The Wildlife Society
  • Wisconsin Chapter of the Wildlife Society


Last book you read?

The Ecological Detective

What did you want to be when you were growing up?


Favorite quote?

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” Mark Twain

One thing about your college that you are most proud of?

We have many amazing opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research (see the Wildlife Society or Ducks Unlimited Student Chapter websites).

A piece of advice for students?

Get involved with student organizations like TWS or DU during your first semester (and work hard at least Monday-Thursday every week).

“I enjoy working with future wildlife professionals and seeing them ‘fledge’ after graduation to careers around the country.”

Ben sedinger
Ben Sedinger
Kennedy-Grohne Chair in Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation
Assistant Professor of Wildlife
College of Natural Resources

342 Trainer Natural Resources


Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology
University of Nevada Reno, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources

B.S. Wildlife Ecology and Management
University of Nevada Reno, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources