Dr. Joe N. Caudell is the Wildlife Disease Biologist for the Indiana USDA APHIS Wildlife Services Program. Dr. Caudell has a diverse background which includes studying the foraging behavior of suburban deer in South Carolina, the ecology of brown tree snakes in Australia, eared grebe management in Utah; working with and managing a variety of wildlife disease across the U.S.; managing wildlife damage; and teaching environmental education with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. He has lived and worked in Georgia, Texas, Australia, Michigan, Maine, and Nevada. Dr. Caudell has been working in Indiana since 2005 as the Wildlife Disease Biologist.
Currently, Dr. Caudell is working closely with the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife to conduct disease surveillance on and manage feral swine in southern Indiana. Other recent projects include conducting surveillance for bovine tuberculosis in peridomestic mammals in southeast Indiana, assisting with chronic wasting disease surveillance in wild white-tailed deer in Minnesota, investigating a pneumonia outbreak in bighorn sheep in Washington state, and assisting with highly pathogenic avian influenza surveillance in wild birds in China. Dr. Caudell also manages the Indiana Wildlife Disease Surveillance Network to conduct disease surveillance (such as tularemia, rabies, and distemper) in nuisance wildlife. Current research includes the applicability of using non-toxic ammunition for wildlife damage management and examining the cost effectiveness of wildlife damage management techniques. He is also the co-editor of the Indiana Wildlife Disease News which is a quarterly publication that USDA APHIS Wildlife Services and Indiana Department of Natural Resources publishes for news including updates on wildlife diseases in the Midwest.