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Grushecky, Shawn

Associate Professor of Energy Land Management

Shawn Grushecky is currently an associate professor for Energy Land Management in the School of Natural Resources at West Virginia University. He received a PhD in Forest Resource Science from the WVU School of Natural Resources. Shawn led the development of the curriculum and degree program in Energy Land Management, which is one of only ten programs accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen. Shawn maintains an active research program in the area of natural resource and related energy development and has been the investigator or co-investigator on research grants totaling over $10 million while with WVU. Currently, Shawn’s research and outreach is mainly in the areas of energy development and land restoration as well as natural resource enterprises.


  1. Grushecky, S.T., K. Harris, M. Strager, J. Wang, and A. Mesa. 2022.  Land Cover Change Associated with Unconventional Oil and Gas Development in the Appalachian Region.  Environ Manage (In press)
  2. Grushecky, S.T., Zinkhan, C., Strager, M., and T. Carr.  2022. Energy production and well site disturbance from conventional and unconventional natural gas development in West Virginia. Energy, Ecology and Environment
  3. Mesa, A., S. Grushecky, M. Strager, and P. Kinder. 2022. Evaluation of vegetation success on reclaimed natural gas pipelines. In Merry, K., P. Bettinger, C. Cieszewski, M. Crosby, A.R.G. Garzon, J. Siry, B. Song, Z. Ucar, and J. Uzu (eds.), Proceedings of the 13th Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. (Refereed)
  4. Strager, M. P. Kinder, and S. Grushecky. 2021. Utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles to predict surface runoff. Reclamation Matters, Spring 2021: 14-20.
  5. González, J. J., Quesada, H., Adhikari, S., Bond, B., & Grushecky, S. 2020. Design of a Total Revenue Forecasting Tool to Estimate the Economic Output of Hardwood Logs. Forest Products Journal, 70(4), 439-447 (JAN 2021).
  6. Wang, Y., Wang, J., Zhang, X., & Grushecky, S. 2020. Environmental and Economic Assessments and Uncertainties of Multiple Lignocellulosic Biomass Utilization for Bioenergy Products: Case Studies. Energies, 13(23), 6277.
  7. Strager, M. P., A. Hentz, S. Grushecky, P. Kinder. 2020. An Analysis of Surface Runoff from Gas Well Pad Development Using UAV Imagery. Journal of American Society of Mining and Reclamation 9(1):51-69.
  8. Caterino, B.C., J.L. Schuler, S.T. Grushecky, and J.G. Skousen. 2020. Early Growth and Survival of Shrub Willow on Newly Reclaimed Mine Soil. New Forests 51(6):1087-1099.
  9. Quesada, H., Adhikari, S., Bond, B., & Grushecky, S. T.  2019. Analysis of Hardwood Lumber Grade Yields Using Monte Carlo Simulation. BioResources, 14(1), 2029-2050.
  10. Hassler, C. C., Grushecky, S. T., Osborn, L. E., & McNeel, J. F. 2019. Hardwood Log Grading in the United States—Part 1: A Historical Perspective. Forest Products Journal, 69(2), 110-12 3.
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