Environmental Science and Studies
255 Wallace Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3T 2N2
Please note: Dr. Baydack is not accepting graduate students due to his upcoming retirement.


Academic Background

Ph.D., Wildlife and Fishery Biology, Colorado State University (1986)
Master of Natural Resources Management, University of Manitoba (1977)
Bachelor of Science (Honours), Zoology, University of Manitoba (1975)


ENVR 4020 - Environmental Field Investigations II
ENVR 4000 - Sustainable Water Management
ENVR 3020 - Environmental Field Investigations I

Research Interests

Dr. Rick Baydack is Professor of Environmental Science and Studies at the University of Manitoba, where he has been on faculty since 1979.  He has also held a number of academic administrative positions at the University of Manitoba, including Associate Dean (Academic) of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources; Acting Head of the Department of Environment and Geography; Associate Director of the Natural Resources Institute; Chair of the University Senate Committee on Awards; and Graduate Chair of the Department of Environment and Geography and Natural Resources Institute.  

His research interests include applied ecosystem management, conservation of biological diversity, wildlife conservation, and human dimensions of wildlife management.  He has conducted research throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in Japan, Paraguay, Sweden, Germany, and Ukraine.  Rick is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, was recognized as a Fellow of The Wildlife Society for outstanding contributions to the profession, and was the 2020 Recipient of The Excellence in Wildlife Education Award from The Wildlife Society.   

Recent and Significant Publications

Dowie, W.A., R.K. Baydack, and E.C. McCance. 2021.  From NIMBY to BIMBY – Strategies for enhancing biodiversity in my back yard.  Biodiversity Online Journal 1(3). BOJ.000512.2021.

Goodman, L.G., E.N. McCance, and R.K. Baydack.  2019.  Examples of experiential learning in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources at the University of Manitoba.  Annual Conference of the Canadian Colleges and Universities Environmental Network, Sustainability in Higher Education.  Edmonton, Alberta.  May 14-16.    

McCance, E.C., and R.K. Baydack.  2019.  Ecological and social carrying capacity considerations for optimal management of urban white-tailed deer.  Academia Journal of Scientific Research 7:403-412.

Baydack, R.K. 2017.  Wildlife undergraduate education and the University curriculum.  Pages 6 - 14 in Becoming a Wildlife Professional.  S.E. Henke and P.R. Krausman (editors). Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.

McCance, E.C., D.J. Decker, A.J. Colturi, R.K. Baydack, W.F. Siemer, P.D. Curtis, and T. Eason.  2017.  Importance of urban wildlife management in the United States and Canada.  Mammal Study: 42:1-16.