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Dr. David Fulton

David C. Fulton


  • Ph D Colorado State University 1997
  • MS Washington State University 1992
  • BS Texas A&M University 1987


Dr. Fulton completed a PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. He joined the Minnesota Coop Unit in October 1998 and has worked closely with state and federal wildlife management agencies in conducting applied social science research to address management concerns.

Research Interests

Applying social psychological concepts and theory to better understand issues in natural resources management. Understanding how values and attitudes influence behavior.

Teaching Interests

Social science theory and methods applied to natural resource management issues; land use planning.

Professional Society Service

  • American Fisheries Society - President, Minnesota Chapter (March 2008 - March 2009)
  • American Fisheries Society - Federal Agency Representative (January 2003 - January 2004)

Research Publications

  • Schroeder, S.A., D.C. Fulton, L. Cornicelli. How Minnesota wolf hunter and trapper attitudes and risk-benefit perceptions about wolves predict their management preferences.
  • Cross, M., L.J. Cornicelli, D.C. Fulton, A. Heeren. Bovine Tuberculosis Management in Northwest Minnesota and Implications of the Risk Information Seeking and Processing (RISP) Model for Wildlife Disease Management Front. Vet. Sci. | doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00190
  • Schroeder, S.A., D.C. Fulton, E. Alten, H. Baird, D. Dieterman, and M. Jennings. Factors influencing anglers’ support for fisheries management strategies: Habitat protection and restoration. Environmental Management (2018).
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Human Dimensions of Widlife (2015)
  • Human Dimensions of Wildlife (2012)
  • Human Dimensions of Fisheries (2009)
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Minnesota Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • David FultonMember, Western Wildlife Research Objectives Workshop (September 2000 - December 2004)
  • David FultonMember, Interview Panel for Farmland Research Group, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (September 2000 - September 2000)

Technical Publications

  • Fulton, D.C. and L. Cornicelli. 2006. Results of 2005 survey of deer hunter satisfaction and preferences for regulation changes in Minnesota. Final Report to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Schroeder, S. and D.C. Fulton. 2006. Fishing in the neighborhood: a study of recreation and fishing participation in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. University of Minnesota, Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. Final Report to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Bruskotter, J.T. and Fulton, D.C. 2006. Results of 2005 survey evaluating Minnesota electronic licensing system database. Final Report to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 16

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 98


Contact Information

Tel: (612) 625 - 5256

Current Students

Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Minnesota
  5. Wildlife Management Institute