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J. Andrew DeWoody

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Professor of Genetics
FORS Room 108
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033

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J. Andrew DeWoody did his undergraduate studies in Wildlife and Fisheries at Texas A&M University.  After a brief stint as a field biologist with the now-defunct Soil Conservation Service, he returned to A&M to earn an M.S. in Genetics under the tutelage of Rodney Honeycutt and Loren Skow.  Andrew's Ph.D. in Zoology is from Texas Tech University, where he worked with a preeminent mammalogist (Robert Baker).  DeWoody then did a 3-yr postdoc stint with an obscure geneticist named John Avise at the University of Georgia (Department of Genetics).

At Purdue, DeWoody's graduate students have worked in the fields of molecular evolution (Deb Triant), conservation biology (Dave Glista and Jamie Rudnick), and immunogenetics (Sara Turner).  His research has been funded by a variety of organizations including NSF, USDA-NRI, the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, the National Geographic Society, and the Joint Transportation Research Program.  DeWoody's research has been published in a variety of scientific journals, and electronic reprints are available here.

Research Group - Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Genetics, Wildlife Science

Facilities - Genetics Lab

Awards & Honors

(2011) Ag Research Award. Purdue Agriculture.

(2012) Outstanding Graduate Educator. Purdue University Forestry and Natural Resources Department.

(2012) University Faculty Scholar. Purdue University.

(1996) Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Fellow. ARCS.

(1991) Distinguished Student Award for Academic Excellence. Texas A&M University.

Selected Publications

Willoughby, J. R., Sundaram, M., Wijayawardena , B. K., Lamb, M. C., Kimble, S. J., Jiang, Y., . . . DeWoody, J. (2015). The reduction of genetic diversity in threatened vertebrates and new recommendations regarding effective population size and IUCN conservation rankings. Biological Conservation, 191, 495-503.

Wijayawardena, B., Minchella, D. J., & DeWoody, J. (2015). Horizontal gene transfer in schistosomes: a critical assessment. Molecular & Biochemical Parasitology, 201, 57-65.

Fahey, A. L., Ricklefs, R. E., & DeWoody, J. (2015). Historical demography of bird populations from Hispaniola assessed by nuclear and mitochondrial gene sequences. Folia Zoologica, 64, 259-272.

Swihart, R. K., Sundaram, M., Hook, T. O., & DeWoody, J. (2016). Factors affecting scholarly performance by wildlife and fisheries faculty. Journal of Wildlife Management.

Swihart, R. K., Sundaram, M., Hook, T. O., & DeWoody, J. (2016). Factors affecting scholarly performance by wildlife and fisheries faculty. PLoS ONE, 11(5), e0155097.

Willoughby, J. R., Wijayawardena, B. K., Sundaram, M., Swihart, R. K., & DeWoody, J. (2016). The importance of including imperfect detection models in eDNA experimental design. Molecular Ecology Resources, 16, 837-844.

Ji, Y., & DeWoody, J. (2016). Genomic landscape of long terminal repeat retrotransposons (LTR-RTs) and solo LTRs as shaped by ectopic recombination in chicken and zebra finch. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 82, 251-263.

Doyle, J. M., Katzner, T. E., Roemer, G. W., Cain III , J. W., Milsap, B., McIntire, C., . . . DeWoody, J. (2016). Novel single nucleotide polymorphisms reveal genetic structure and viability selection in the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), a vagile raptor with a holarctic distribution. Conservation Genetics.

Katzner, T. E., Nelson, D., Braham, M., Doyle, J. M., Duerr, A. E., Bloom, P., . . . DeWoody, J. (2016). Renewable energy impacts on wildlife and the origins of golden eagles killed at the Altamont Pass wind energy facility. Conservation Biology.

Wijayawardena, B. K., Minchella, D. J., & DeWoody, J. (2016). The influence of trematode parasite burden on gene expression in a mammalian host. BMC Genomics.