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Edwards, John

Professor of Wildlife & Fisheries Resources

I grew up outside of Frederick, MD and received my B.S. Degree in Wildlife Management from West Virginia University. I received both my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Clemson University. Prior to coming to WVU in 1997, I worked as a wildlife biologist for the US Forest Service and in a Research Faculty position at Clemson University. I have conducted research on a variety of species throughout my career with an overarching theme of habitat relations and selection. I also have a passion for promoting our hunting heritage and its positive benefits to society and resource conservation.


  1. Albers, G., J.W. Edwards, R.R. Rogers, and L.L. Mastro. 2016. Natality of yearling coyotes in West Virginia. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 7: 192-197.
  2. Berl, J.L., J.W. Edwards, and J.S. Bolsinger. 2015. Scale-dependent and multi-metric nest habitat thresholds for red-headed woodpeckers at the northern periphery of their range. The Condor 117: 203-216.
  3. Ford, W.M., A. Silvis, J.B. Johnson, J.W. Edwards, and M. Karp. 2016. Northern long-eared bat day-roosting and prescribed fire in the central Appalachians, USA. Fire Ecology 12:13--27. doi: 10.4996/fireecology.1202013
  4. Smith, B.W., A.N. Tri, C.A. Dobony, J.W. Edwards, and P.B. Wood. 2015. Behaviour and nesting ecology of Appalachian ruffed grouse ( Bonasa umbellus). The Canadian Field-Naturalist 129: 246-253.
  5. Tri A.N., J.W. Edwards, M.P. Strager, J.T. Petty, C.W. Ryan, C.P. Carpenter, M.A. Ternent, and P.C. Carr. 2016. Habitat use by American black bears in the urban-wildlife interface of the mid-Atlantic, USA. Ursus 27: 45-56.
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