Scott Nielsen

University of Alberta, Canada


Scott Nielsen was born and raised in Wisconsin, USA, where he spent his summer youth at his grandparent’s farm exploring nature and becoming interested in ecology. He received his B.S. degree in biology in 1995 and his M.S. degree in natural resources in 1997, both from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wis, USA. Following his M.S. research on the plant and restoration ecology of threatened pine and oak barrens ecosystems in the Midwestern USA, he worked for a nonprofit conservation organization called the Sand County Foundation where he helped further the ideas and ethics of North America’s first wildlife and conservation professor Aldo Leopold. In 2005, he earned a Ph.D. degree at the University of Alberta, AB, Canada, researching the habitat and population ecology of grizzly bears in Alberta. Moreover, he is presently an Assistant Professor of conservation biology at the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta, where he teaches courses in conservation biology and conservation planning, and he is the Director of the Applied Conservation Ecology Laboratory ( His research interests include species distribution and habitat modeling, landscape ecology, conservation planning, the autoecology of grizzly bears, and the synecology of temperate fire-prone (xeric) ecosystems.

Biography Updated on 2 January 2011

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