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Ben Sedinger, Ph.D.

Kennedy-Grohne Chair in Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation

Contact Information
(715) 346-2529
Office: TNR 342 

Curriculum Vitae


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.


  • B.S. Wildlife Ecology and Management, University of Nevada Reno, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources
  • Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, University of Nevada Reno, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources

Courses Taught

  • Waterfowl Ecology and Management - Starting fall 2019 (WLDL 361/561)

Research Interests

Studying population ecology, harvest dynamics and life history evolution of waterfowl.  I use quantitative tools to address questions in these areas, with a primary goal of advancing waterfowl management and conservation globally. 

Selected Publications

  • B. Sedinger, Riecke, T., Nicolai, C., Stewart, K. 2019. Experimental harvest regulations reveal that climate, not harvest, drives population change in Nevada wood ducks.  Ecology and Evolution.  In review
  • T. Riecke, Behnke, T., Gibson, D., Leach, A., Sedinger, B., Street, P., Sedinger, J. 2019. Integrated population models: bias and inference.  Methods in Ecology and Evolution.  In press
  • B. Sedinger, Nicolai, C., Stewart, K. 2018. On the importance of having a good mother: maternal investment affects duckling mortality risk in wood ducks. Journal of Avian Biology. 
  • B. Sedinger, Sedinger, J., Espinosa, S., Atamian, M. and Blomberg, E. 2011. Spatial-Temporal Variation in Survival of Harvested Sage-Grouse. Studies in Avian Biology No. 39: Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Grouse.                                       


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