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Brown, Donald

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 and reptiles. 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.


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  1. Cochrane, M. M., D. J. Brown, M. D. Nelson, R. R. Buech, M. Schrage, D. Ryan, and R. A. Moen. 2018. Status of a Glyptemys insculpta (wood turtle) population in northeastern Minnesota. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 13:273−282.
  2. Brown, D. J., M. M. Cochrane, and R. A. Moen. 2017. Survey and analysis design for wood turtle population monitoring. Journal of Wildlife Management 81:868−877.
  3. Brown, D. J., C. A. Ribic, D. M. Donner, M. D. Nelson, C. I. Bocetti, and C. M. Deloria-Sheffeld. 2017. 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 54:439−449.
  4. Duarte, A., D. J. Brown, and M. R. J. Forstner. 2017. Response of lizards to high-severity wildfires in a southern United States mixed pine/hardwood forest. Copeia 105:609−617
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