Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI,

M.S. in Wildlife Biology from University of Washington, Seattle, WA,

B.S. in Wildlife Biology from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC,

Awards, Honors, Grants:

Association for Publishing & Media 2012 “EXCEL Award for General Excellence in Journal Publishing” for editing an issue of Rangelands on ecosystem services. Gold award category, 2012

Colorado Book Award for Anthology, 2008

Harry E. Troxell Distinguished Service To Students Faculty Award, 2008

Warner College Students Favorite Professor (5 time recipient), 2015

Board of Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Colorado State University, 2007


The Essential Aldo Leopold
University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin. 362pp. , 1999
Meine, C., & Knight, R.L. Eds.

Wildlife and Recreationists: Coexistence Through Management and Research
Island Press , 1995
Knight, R. L., & K. J. Gutzwiller

A New Century for Natural Resources Management
Island Press , 1995
Knight, R. L., & S. F. Bates

Home Land: Ranching and a West That Works
Johnson Books , 2007
Pritchett, L., R. L. Knight, & J. Les

Conservation for a new generation: Redefining natural resources management
Island Press, Washington, D.C. , 2008
Knight, R.L., & White, C. Eds.

Ecosystem management: adaptive, community-based conservation
Island Press, Washington, D.C. 304pp. , 2002
Meffe, G.K., Nielsen, L.A., Knight, R.L., & Schenborn, D.A.

Aldo Leopold and the ecological conscience
Oxford University Press, New York, NY. 190pp. , 2002
Knight, R.L., & Riedel, S. Eds.

Ranching west of the 100th meridian
Island Press, Washington, D.C. 259pp. , 2002
Knight, R.L., Gilgert, W.C., & Marston, E. Eds.


Aldo Leopold Foundation

American Association of Biological Sciences

Ecological Society of America

Interests & Studies:

Rick’s life’s passions align with his academic interests: to find ways that human land uses can be more restorative than destructive to land health. His interests, for example, include finding ways to recreate, ranch, farm, log, develop energy, and divert water in ways that minimize harm to soil, plants, animals, and water so that these human economies can move sustainably into the future.