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Anderson, James

Professor of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources

Jim Anderson is Davis-Michael Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources and a professor of wildlife ecology and management in the Wildlife and Fisheries Resources program at WVU.  He earned a B.S. in wildlife from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an M.S. in range and wildlife management through the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and a Ph.D. in wildlife science from Texas Tech University.  Jim has been at WVU since 1999.  His research interests include restoration ecology, wetland and riparian ecology and management, and wildlife habitat relations.  In particular he is interested in evaluating wetland functional equivalency and ecology of wetland-dependent wildlife.  He has published over 130 scientific articles and served as major advisor for more than 30 graduate students. He teaches a number of course including Restoration Ecology, Renewable Resource Policy and Governance, Advanced Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Applied Wetlands Ecology and Management, and Waterfowl Ecology among others.  Jim is married to Ann and they have 2 children (Aspen and Kade) and 2 Labrador retrievers that love to hunt.

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  • Anderson, J. T., and C. A. Davis, editors.  2013.  Wetland Techniques.  Volumes 1: Foundations, Volume 2: Organisms, Volume 3: Applications and Management,  Springer, New York, New York. 
  • Gingerich, R. T., G. Merovich, and J. T. Anderson.  2014.  Influence of environmental parameters on litter decomposition in wetlands in West Virginia, USA.  Journal of Freshwater Ecology 29:535-549.
  • McCoard, R. P., N. S. McCoard, P. J. Turk, and J. T. Anderson.  Habitat characteristics that influence the occurrence of wood turtles at the southern limits of their range in the Centra_anl Appalachians.  Journal of Herpetology (In Press).
  • McChesney, H. M. and J. T. Anderson.  2015.  Reproductive success of field sparrows (Spizella pusilla) in response to invasive Morrow’s honeysuckle: does Morrow’s honeysuckle promote population sinks? Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:222-232.
  • Strain, G. F., P. J. Turk, and J. T. Anderson.  2014.  Functional equivalency of created and natural wetlands: diet composition of red-spotted newts (Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens).  Wetlands Ecology and Management 22:659-669.
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