Chris Chizinski

Chris Chizinski

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Contact Information

TitleHuman Dimensions of Wildlife Management
Faculty RankAssociate Professor
Address511 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE

East Campus
  • office: 402-417-0760
  • fax: 402-472-4915
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Selected Publications

Gruntorad, M. P., M. P. Vrtisksa, C. J. Chizinski, J. N. Duberstein, D. C. Fulton, H. W. Harshaw, A. H. Raedeke, and J. Spaeth. 2024. Duck hunters and difficulty complying with harvest regulations. Wildlife Society Bulletin e1505.
Gruntorad, Matthew P, M. P. Vrtiska, R. J. Murano, M. J. Garrick, and C. J. Chizinksi. 2023. Duck identification and regulation preferences among waterfowl hunters: a pre-assessment of the Tier II bag limit. Human Dimensions of Wildlife.
Gruntorad, Matthew Philip, M. Vrtiska, M. Garrick, and C. J. Chizinski. 2023. Taking matters into their own hands: effects of effort and success on duck hunter satisfaction. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 1–12.
Hinrichs, Matthew P, M. P. Vrtiska, M. P. Gruntorad, and C. J. Chizinski. 2023. Strangers in the blind: Identifying appropriate mentees and mentors for waterfowl hunter recruitment. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management.
Hinrichs, Matthew P., J. Nawrocki, M. P. Gruntorad, M. P. Vrtiska, M. A. Pegg, and C. J. Chizinski. 2023. An examination of scenarios to increase waterfowl hunting participation. Wildlife Society Bulletin 47:e1490.Online
Kane, D. S., Pope, K. L., Koupal, K. D., Pegg, M. A., Chizinski, C. J., & Kaemingk, M. A. (2023). Waterbody size predicts bank‑and boat‑angler efforts. Fisheries Research, 267.Online
Kane, D., K. Pope, K. Koupal, M. Pegg, C. Chizinski, and M. Kaemingk. 2023. Waterbody size predicts bank and boater angler efforts. Fisheries Research 267: Online
Chizinski, C. J., M. P. Gruntorad, J. J. Lusk, L. R. Meduna, W. M. Inselman, J. J. Fontaine. (2022) The influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on spring turkey hunting. Jour. Wildlife Mang. (86:3)
DaRugna, O. A., Chizinski, C., Pope, K. L., Powell, L. A., Kaemingk, M. (2022). Visualizing social-ecological intensities for management of recreation visitors in a multiuse system. Journal of environmental management, 304, 114224
DaRugna, O. A., Kaemingk, M., Chizinski, C., Pope, K. L. (2022). Heterogeneity of recreationists in a park and protected area. Plos one, 17(5), e0268303. Online
Gruntorad, M. P., Chizinski, C. (2022). Perceived and experienced constraint negotiation: do first-time elk hunters know what they are in for? Wildlife Society Bulletin, 46(4), e1345Online
Kaemingk, M., Arlinghaus, R., Birdsong, M. H., Chizinski, C., Lyach, R., Wilson, K. L., Pope, K. L. (2022). Matching of resource use and investment according to waterbody size in recreational fisheries. Fisheries Research, 254, 106388.
Kane, D. S., Pope, K. L., Koupal, K. D., Pegg, M. A., Chizinski, C., Kaemingk, M. (2022). Natural resource system size can be used for managing recreational use. Ecological Indicators, 145, 109711Online
Melstrom, R. T., Kaemingk, M., Cole, N. W., Whitehead, J. C., Chizinski, C., Pope, K. L. (2022). Valuing Angling on Reservoirs Using Benefit Transfer. North American Journal of Fisheries Management.Online
Wszola, L. S., Feiner, Z. S., Chizinski, C., Poletto, J., DeLong, J. (2022). Fishing regulations, sexual dimorphism, and the life history of harvest. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 79(9), 1435--1446.
Graham, K. A., Price, N., Jones, V., Fontaine, T. J., Chizinski, C. (2021). Marketing and Ecological Models to Predict Permit Purchasing Behavior of Sportspersons. Harvest of Fish and Wildlife (pp. 87--97). CRC Press.
Gruntorad, M. P., Chizinski, C. (2021). Hunter and Angler Behavior in Harvest Management (pp. 55). CRC Press.
Gruntorad, M.P., Graham, K.A., Arcilla, N., Chizinski, C.J. 2021. Is Hay for the Birds? Investigating Landowner Willingness to Time Hay Harvests for Grassland Bird Conservation. Animals. 11:1-16.Online
Hinrichs, M. P., Gruntorad, M. P., Nawrocki, J. A., Vrtiska, M., Pegg, M. A., Chizinski, C. (2021). Constraints to Waterfowl Hunting by Hunters and Anglers in the Central United States. WILDLIFE SOCIETY BULLETINOnline
Kaemingk, M.A., Bender, C.N., Chizinski, C., Bunch, A.J., Pope, K.L. 2021. Temporal Invariance of Social-Ecological Catchments. Ecological Applications. 31(2):1-7.Online
Larson, L. R., Peterson, M. N., Furstenberg, R. V., Vayer, V. R., Lee, K. J., Choi, D. Y., Stevenson, K., Ahlers, A. A., Anhalt Depies, C., Bethke, T., T. Bruskotter, J., Chizinski, C. J., Clark, B., Dayer, A. A., Dunning, K. H., Ghasemi, B., Gigliotti, L., Graefe, A., Irwin, K., … Woosnam, K. M. (2021). The future of wildlife conservation funding: What options do U.S. college students support? Conservation Science and Practice, e505.
Gruntorad, M. P., and C. J. Chizinksi. 2020. Constraints to hunting elk in a hunting landscape dominated by private land. Wildlife Biology 2020.
Gruntorad, M. P., J. J. Lusk, M. P. Vrtiska, and C. J. Chizinksi. 2020. Identifying factors influencing hunter satisfaction across hunting activities in Nebraska. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 25:215–231.
Hinrichs, M.P., Price, N.B., Gruntorad, M.P., Pope, K.L., Fontaine, J.J., Chizinski, C.J. 2020. Understanding Sportsperson Retention and Reactivation Through License Purchasing Behavior. Wildlife Society Bulletin 44(2):383-390. Online
Kane, D.S., M.A. Kaemingk, C.J. Chizinski, and K.L. Pope. (2020) Spatial and temporal behavioral differences between angler-access types. Fisheries Research. Vol 224.
Price, N., Chizinski, C., Fontaine, T. J., Pope, K. L., Rahe, M., Rawlinson, J. (2020). An open-sourced, web-based application to improve our ability to understand hunter and angler purchasing behavior from license data. PLoS ONE, 15(10), e0226397. Online
Wszola, Madsen, Stuber, Chizinski, Lusk, Taylor, Pope, K. L., Fontaine (2020). Public access for pheasant hunters: understanding an emerging need. Journal of Wildlife Management, 84, 45-55.Online
Fontaine, T. J., Fedele, A. D., Wszola, L. S., Messinger, L. N., Chizinski, C., Lusk, J., Decker, K. L., Taylor, J. S., Stuber, E. 2019. Hunters and their perceptions of public access: a view from afield. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 10(2): 589Online
Kaemingk, M., Hurley, K. L., Chizinski, C., Pope, K. L. 2019. Harvest-release decisions in recreational fisheries. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences: 1-8.Online
Kaemingk, M.A., C.J. Chizinski, C.R. Allen, and K.L. Pope. 2019. Ecosystem size predicts social-ecological dynamics. Ecology and Society. 24(2):17.Online
Messinger, L. N., Stuber, E., Chizinski, C., Fontaine, T. J. 2019. Mortality, perception, and scale: Understanding how predation shapes space use in a wild prey population. PLOS ONE, 14(9), e0222272.
Stuber, E., Chizinski, C., Lusk, J., Fontaine, T.J. 2019. "Multivariate Models and Analyses" in Quantitative Analyses in Wildlife Science, ed. Brennan, L.A., Tri, A.N., Marcot, B.G. (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press).
Wszola, L. S., Stuber, E., Chizinski, C., Lusk, J., Fontaine, T. J. 2019. Prey availability and accessibility drive hunter movement. Wildlife Biology, 2019(1).Online
Bergan-Roller, H., Galt, N., Chizinski, C., Helikar, T., Dauer, J. (2018). Simulated computational model lesson improves systems thinking in biology students. Simulated computational model lesson improves systems thinking in biology students.
Harmon, B. S., Martin, D. R., Chizinski, C., Pope, K. L. (2018). Variation in angler distribution and catch rates of stocked rainbow trout in a small reservoir. PLOS One.
Kaemingk, M., Chizinski, C., Hurley, K. L., Pope, K. L. 2018. Synchrony - An emergent property of recreational fisheries. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55(6), 2986-2996.Online
Snyman, A., Raynor IV, E., Chizinski, C., Powell, L. A., Carroll, J. (2018). African lion (Panthera leo) space use in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area. African Journal of Wildlife Research, 48(2), 1--12.
Chizinski, C., Martin, D. R., Shizuka, D., Pope, K. L. (2017). Bipartite networks improve understanding of effects of waterbody size and angling method on angler-fish interactions. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 75(28), 72-81.Online
Jedd, T., Hayes, M. J., Carillo, C. M., Haigh, T., Chizinski, C., Swigart, J. (2017). Measuring park visitation vulnerability to climate extremes in U.S. Rockies National Parks tourism. Tourism Geographies, 1-26.Online
Martin, D.R., D. Shizuka, C. Chizinski, K. Pope. 2017.Network analysis of a regional fishery: Implications for management of natural resources, and recruitment and retention of anglers. Fisheries Research 194(2017):31-41.Online
Pope, K.L., L.A. Powell, B.S. Harmon, M.A. Pegg, and. C.J. Chizinski. 2017. Estimating the number of recreational anglers for a given waterbody. Fisheries Research 191 (2017) 69–75Online
Chizinski, C., Bajer, P. G., Headrick, M. E., Sorensen, P. W. 2016. Different Migratory Strategies of Invasive Common Carp and Native Northern Pike in the American Midwest Suggest an Opportunity for Selective Management Strategies. North American Journal Online
Hamel, M., Spurgeon, J., Chizinski, C., Steffensen, K., Pegg, M. A. 2016. Variability in Age Estimation Results in Ambiguity and False Understanding of Population Persistence. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 36(3):514–522.Online
Huser, B. J., Bajer, P. G., Chizinski, C., Sorensen, P. W. 2016. Effects of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) on sediment mixing depth and mobile phosphorus mass in the active sediment layer of a shallow lake. Hydrobiologia. 763(1):23–33.Online
Pope, K. L., Chizinski, C., Wiley, C. L., Martin, D. 2016. Influence of anglers' specializations on catch, harvest, and bycatch of targeted taxa. Fisheries Research. 183:128–137.Online
Bajer, P. G., Cross, T. K., Chizinski, C., Webber, M. J., Sorensen, P. W. (2015). Lake productivity and predation modulating the recruitment of a highly invasive fish. Diversity and Distributions, 21, 500-510.
Kowalewski, L. K., C. Chizinski, L. A. Powell, K. L. Pope, and M. A. Pegg. 2015. Accuracy or Precision: Implications of Sample Design and Methodology on Abundance Estimation. Ecological Modelling 316:185-190Online
Loomis, J. H., Schramm, H. L., Vondracek, B., Gerard, P. D., Chizinski, C. (2013). Effects of Simulated Angler Capture and Live-Release Tournaments on Walleye Survival. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 142, 868-875.
Martin, D., Chizinski, C., Pope, K. L. (2015). Reservoir area of influence and implications for fisheries management. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 35(2), 185-190.Online
Chizinski, C., Martin, D. R., Pope, K. L., Barada, T. J., Schuckman, J. J. (2014). Angler effort and catch within a spatially complex system of small lakes. Fisheries Research, 154, 172-178.Online
Chizinski, C., Martin, D., Huber, C. G., Pope, K. L. (2014). The Influence of a Rapid Drawdown and Prolonged Dewatering on Fishing Effort, Catch, and Harvest in a Nebraska Reservoir. Great Plains Research, 24(2), 145-152.Online
Chizinski, C., Martin, D., Hurley, K. L., Pope, K. L. (2014). Self-imposed length limits in recreational fisheries. Fisheries Research.Online
Chizinski, C., Martin, D., Pope, K. L. (2014). Self‐confidence of anglers in identification of freshwater sport fish. Fisheries Management and Ecology, 21(6), 448-453.Online
Martin, D., Chizinski, C., Eskridge, K., Pope, K. L. (2014). Using angler-posted information to an online social network to assess fishing effort. Fisheries Research, 157, 24-27Online
Bajer, P. G., Chizinski, C., Sorensen, P. W., Silbernage, J. (2012). Variation in micro-predator abundance explains recruitment of a mobile invasive fish, the common carp, in a naturally unstable environment. Biological Invasions. 14, 1919-1929.Online
Chizinski, C. J., K. L. Pope, G. R. Wilde and R. L. Strauss. 2010. Implications of stunting on morphology of freshwater fish. Journal of Fish Biology 76:564-579.Online
Hinrichs, M. P., Vrtiska, M., Pegg, M. A., Chizinski, C. (2021). Motivations to participate in hunting and angling: a comparison among preferred activities and state of residence. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 26(6), 576--595.Online
Stuber, E., Chizinski, C., Lusk, J., Fontaine, T. J. (in press). Multivariate Models and Analyses. Quantitative Analyses in Wildlife Science. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Vayer, V. R., Larson, L. R., Peterson, M. N., Lee, K. J., Von Furstenberg, R., Choi, D. Y., Stevenson, K., Ahlers, A. A., Anhalt-Depies, C., Bethke, T., others, Chizinski, C. (2021). Diverse University Students Across the United States Reveal Promising Pathways to Hunter Recruitment and Retention. The Journal of Wildlife Management. 85(5):1017-1030.Online
Wszola, L. N., Simonsen, V. L., Corral, L., Chizinski, C., Fontaine, T. J. (in press). Simulating detection-censored movement records for home range analysis planning. Ecological Modelling 392:Online



DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyFisheries ScienceTexas Tech University2007
Master of ScienceFisheries ScienceTexas Tech University2002
Bachelor of ScienceEcology and Evolutionary Biology; Environmental ScienceUniversity of Connecticut1999





TitleAwarded byYear Awarded
Holling Family Sustained Excellence in Teaching and Learning Faculty Award.College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources2022


SNR Program Areas

  • Applied Ecology

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
  • Wildlife
  • Fisheries
  • Social-ecological systems


Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/ 2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/ 2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant TitleHuman Dimensions of Wildlife Survey Analysis (Additional Funding)
Starting Date03/08/2023


Ending Date12/31/2025
Funding Level$264,084.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission


Grant TitleAnalysis of Human Dimensions Aspect of Bird Hunting in Saskatchewan
Starting Date02/24/2023


Ending Date03/31/2023
Funding Level$21,739.00
Funding AgencySaskatchewan Water Security Agency


Grant TitleMotivations, Preferences, Attitudes, and Expenditures of Kansas Anglers
Starting Date04/01/2021


Ending Date03/31/2026
Funding Level$375,504.00
Funding AgencyKansas Department of Wildlife and Parks


Grant TitleStreamnet: Building Capacity to Improve Water Quality
Starting Date06/30/2020


Ending Date06/30/2021
Funding Level$307,730.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Evironmental Trust


Grant TitleNebraska Farmers and Farmland Owners Attitudes of Targeted Conservation
Starting Date06/29/2020


Ending Date06/30/2021
Funding Level$104,971.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Environmental Trust


Grant TitleHuman Dimensions of Wildlife Survey Analysis (Additional Funding)
Starting Date04/10/2020


Ending Date05/31/2020
Funding Level$35,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Games and Park Commission


Grant TitleExploring Links between Hunting and Conservation Organization Participation to Increase Effectiveness of R3 Programs
Starting Date04/01/2020


Ending Date05/31/2021
Funding Level$315,809.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Games and Park Commission


Grant TitleAssessment of Angler Use and Catch during 2020 at Sutherland Reservoir
Starting Date03/09/2020


Ending Date02/26/2021
Funding Level$56,230.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Public Power District


Grant TitleR3 Efforts Targeting College Students
Starting Date07/01/2019


Ending Date06/30/2020
Funding Level$4,900.00
Funding AgencyNorth Carolina State University


Grant TitleHuman Dimensions of Nebraska's Fisheries
Starting Date01/01/2019


Ending Date12/31/2019
Funding Level$1,747,226.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Games and Parks Commision


Grant TitleWildlife Survey Analysis
Starting Date03/01/2017


Ending Date01/01/2020
Funding Level$217,208.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Park Commission


Grant TitleSutherland Rsvr 2016 Assessment
Starting Date02/25/2016


Ending Date01/31/2017
Funding Level$50,274.00
Funding AgencyNPPD


Grant TitleComprehensive Evaluation of the Nebraska Outdoor Enthusiast
Starting Date01/01/2016


Ending Date01/31/2019
Funding Level$293,372.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission


Grant TitleBarriers to Waterfowl Hunter Participation
Starting Date01/01/2016


Ending Date06/30/2020
Funding Level$233,628.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission


Grant TitleHuman Dimensions of Nebraska's Fisheries
Starting Date01/01/2014


Ending Date12/31/2018
Funding Level$2,165,236.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission


Grant TitleBasses in Nebraska Reservoirs
Starting Date07/01/2012


Ending Date06/30/2015
Funding Level$212,683.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission



Graduate Programs

Master of Applied Science

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Adaptive Management
  • Applied Ecology
  • Human Dimensions

Doctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Adaptive Management
  • Applied Ecology
  • Human Dimensions

Courses Taught

Course NumberCourse TitleFall Even YearsFall Odd YearsSpring Even YearsSpring Odd YearsSummer SessionCross Listing
NRES 315Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife ManagementXX
NRES 323Natural Resources PolicyXX
NRES 800Sampling, Data Mgt & VisualizationXX
NRES 898Special Topics: Grad Seminar in R and Data Analysis