Research Assistant Professor of Wildlife Resources
Donald Brown received a B.Sc. in Fisheries & Wildlife from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2007, a M.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology from Texas State University in 2008, and a Ph.D. in Aquatic Resources from Texas State University in 2013. From 2013-2015, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in a joint position with University of Wisconsin-Madison and the US Forest Service Northern Research Station. Dr. Brown joined the faculty at West Virginia University in August 2015 as Research Assistant Professor of Wildlife Resources in the School of Natural Resources, a joint position with West Virginia University and the US Forest Service Northern Research Station. Dr. Brown and his lab conduct studies that contribute to conservation of wildlife populations and communities under changing environmental and management conditions. They primarily study species of conservation concern, particularly amphibians, reptiles, and songbirds. The lab employs traditional field-based methods, mesocosm experiments, statistical and spatial analyses, and simulation modeling to better understand, predict, and ultimately assist with management of wildlife.
- Brown, D. J., M. D. Nelson, D. J. Rugg, R. R. Buech, and D. M. Donner. 2016. Spatial
and temporal habitat-use patterns of wood turtles at the western edge of their
distribution. Journal of Herpetology DOI: 10.1670/15-139.
- Brown, D. J., C. A. Ribic, D. M. Donner, M. D. Nelson, C. I. Bocetti, and C. M.
Deloria-Sheffeld. 2016. Using a full annual cycle model to evaluate long-term
population viability of the conservation-reliant Kirtland's warbler after successful
recovery. Journal of Applied Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12776.
- Brown, D. J., J. R. Ferrato, C. J. White, I. Mali, M. R. J. Forstner, and T. R.
Simpson. 2015. Short-term changes in summer and winter resident bird communities
following a high severity wildfire in a southern USA mixed pine/hardwood forest.
Forest Ecology and Management 350(2015):13−21.
- Brown, D. J., A. Duarte, I. Mali, M. C. Jones, and M. R. J. Forstner. 2014. Potential
impacts of a high severity wildfire on abundance, movement, and diversity of
herpetofauna in the Lost Pines ecoregion of Texas. Herpetological Conservation
and Biology 9(1):192−205.
- Brown, D. J., V. R. Farallo, J. R. Dixon, J. T. Baccus, T. R. Simpson, and M. R.
J. Forstner. 2011. Freshwater turtle conservation in Texas: harvest effects and
efficacy of the current management regime. Journal of Wildlife Management 75(3):486−494.