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Scott Hygnstrom

Experience and Interests

Teaching Experience

  • Professor (Associate and Full), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2014-Present)
  • Professor, (Assistant, Associate, and Full) University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1988-2014)
  • Staff Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-River Falls (1987)

Research Interests

  • Ecology of white-tailed deer and other wildlife
  • Wildlife damage management
  • Wildlife diseases

Professional Experience

  • Visiting Lecturer, International Cheetah Foundation, Otjejuarango, Namibia (2011)
  • Visiting Scientist, USDA-APHIS-WS-National Wildlife Research Center, Ft Collins, Colorado (1999)
  • Wildlife Damage Program Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Department of Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin Extension (1983-1986)
  • The Wildlife Society, Fellow (2021)



  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Member (2018-present)


  • Wisconsin Elk Advisory Committee, Member (2020-present)
  • Portage County Deer Committee, Member (2017-present)

Professional Memberships

  • The Wildlife Society
  • President (elect, standing, past; 2017-20), Board Representative (2016-17), Wisconsin Chapter
  • President (elect, standing, past; 1995-98), Board Representative (1991-93, 1999-2003, 2008-09), Nebraska Chapter
  • Chair (elect, standing, past; 1994-2000), Wildlife Damage Management Working Group
  • Chair (elect, standing, past;  2007-13), Wildlife Disease Working Group
  • Chair (elect, standing, past; 2013-18), Hunting, Trapping, and Conservation Working Group


Last book you read?

The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac by John Hildebrand

Best advice you ever received?

Write, read, revise, repeat

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

A dentist or a game warden

Favorite quote?

“I have purposely presented the land ethic as a product of social evolution because nothing so important as an ethic is ever “written”…it evolves in the minds of a thinking community.”  Aldo Leopold, 1949

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Connecting with students, assisting them in their career paths, and seeing them become natural resource professionals in the future.

The Wildlife program at UW-Stevens Point is one of the biggest and best in the world.  The faculty, courses, and level of instruction are Truly remarkable.  Come here if you are serious about becoming a wildlife professional.

Scott Hygnstrom


Scott Hygnstrom
Professor of Wildlife
Director of the Wisconsin Center for Wildlife
Extension Wildlife Specialist
Douglas R. Stephens Chair in Wildlife

167 Trainer Natural Resources


Ph.D. Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S. Natural Resources-Wildlife
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

B.S. Biology, Conservation
University of Wisconsin-River Falls