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The Berryman Institute is a national organization based in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University. It is named after Jack H. Berryman to honor his distinguished career in wildlife management. The Berryman Institute is dedicated to improving human-wildlife relationships and resolving human-wildlife conflicts through teaching, research, and extension.

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Human-Wildlife Interactions (HWI) manuscript submission and review portal. We have partnered with Digital Commons and Utah State University libraries to provide our readers and authors the very best in publication support and service.  We encourage all who have conducted research or have unique management cases studies that will enhance the management of human-wildlife interactions, wildlife damage management, and contemporary wildlife management to submit their work for publication consideration.

As of December 1, 2016, I have assumed the duties of HWI Editor-in-Chief.  Ms. Rosanna Vail will continue as Managing Editor, and Ms. Rae Ann Hart is our new Financial, Account, and Advertising Manager. With your continued support, we hope to build on the HWI legacy that Dr. Michael Conover has entrusted us.  Because of Dr. Conover’s work, HWI was assigned an impact factor in 2013 (1.16) that put us in the second-highest quartile for all ecology journals and second-highest quartile for all nature and landscape journals.  To build on this legacy, we have completed our transformation to an open access journal with global distribution.  To address the needs of some of our readers who still desire hardcopies, we will still offer an annual subscription to cover the costs of printing and mailing.  As we move forward, we also are investigating increasing the number of issues published annually to ensure timely publication.  We have expedited the review process; we have also recruited additional Associate Editors and reviewers. 

Again we thank you for your past support and look forward to working with you to create the world's premier journal for the wildlife manager. Please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, or concerns with me at


Terry A. Messmer, Director

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