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Shawn Crimmins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Phone: (715) 346-2387
Office: TNR 192

Curriculum Vitae



Shawn Crimmins is originally from Missouri but has lived and worked all over the country, from the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia to the Rocky Mountains of western Montana. Prior to coming to Stevens Point he spent two years as a post-doctoral research associate in Madison, where he held a joint position with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin DNR. Outside of work he enjoys spending time outdoors, as do most in this profession, particularly if that time is spent with his son showing him all the cool things the natural world has to offer.


  • B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Missouri
  • M.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, West Virginia University
  • Ph.D. Forestry, University of Montana

Courses Taught

  • Wildlife Population Dynamics
  • Introduction to Fisheries, Forestry and Wildlife Resources (lab)
  • Wildlife Management Techniques (starting 2017)

Current Research Projects

Most of my research focuses on the application of quantitative tools to applied wildlife management issues. These days I primarily work with carnivores, furbearers, and large mammals, although I have previously worked on a much wider range of species. For a complete list of current and completed research projects please visit my website

Recent Publications

Crimmins, S.M., P.C. McKann, J.R. Robb, J.P. Lewis, T. Vanosdal, B.A. Walker, P.J. Williams, and W.E. Thogmartin.  2016.  Factors affecting Henslow's sparrow nest survival in southern Indiana. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 128:108-120.

Crimmins, S.M., L.R. Walleser, D.R. Hertel, P.C. McKann, J.J. Rohweder, R.R. Johnson, and W.E. Thogmartin.  2016.  Modeling relationships between land-cover and mesocarnivore relative abundance using a hierarchical spatial count model.  Ecography 39:524-532.

Strassburg, M.D., G.M. Linz, S.M. Crimmins, P.C. McKann, and W.E. Thogmartin.  2015.  Winter habitat associations of  blackbirds and European starlings in the southeastern United States.  Human-Wildlife Interactions 9:171-179.

Aagaard, K.J., S.M. Crimmins, W.E. Thogmartin, B.E. Tavernia, and J. Lyons.  2015.  Predicting local waterfowl abundance during migration with a national-scale monitoring scheme: what features matter?Wildfowl 65:100-120.

Forcey, G.M., W.E. Thogmartin, G.M. Linz, P.C. McKann, and S.M. Crimmins.  2015.  Spatially explicit modeling of blackbird abundance in the Prairie Pothole Region.  Journal of Wildlife Management 79:1022-1033.

Crimmins, S.M., J.W. Edwards, T.A. Campbell, W.M. Ford, P.D. Keyser, B.F. Miller, and K.V. Miller. 2015.  Responses of white-tailed deer home-ranges to increased resource availability.  Northeastern Naturalist 22:403-412.

Rohweder, J.J., S. Vacek, S.M. Crimmins, and W.E. Thogmartin.  2015.  A case study of assigning conservation value to dispersed habitat units for conservation planning.  Journal of Conservation Planning 11:13-27.

Crimmins, S.M.P. Boma, and W.E. Thogmartin.  2015.  Projected risk of population declines for native fish in the Upper Mississippi River system.  River Research and Applications 31:135-142.  

For a complete list of publications please visit my website at