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Dr. Mark Ford

Mark Ford, Unit Leader, Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit


  • Ph D University of Georgia 1994
  • MS Mississippi State University 1989
  • BS University of Tennessee 1987


I have been unit leader since August 2010. Prior to coming to USGS and Virginia Tech, I held R&D positions with the U.S. Army Engineer Research Development Center, the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station and Westvaco Forest Resources.

Research Interests

Wildlife habitat interactions (forest management and prescribed fire), white-tailed deer management, ecology and management of bats, non-volant small mammals and woodland salamanders, and high-elevation/relict forest management and restoration in the Appalachians.

Research Publications

  • Crimmins, S.M., J.W. Edwards, T.A. Campbell, W.M. Ford, P.D. Keyser, J.D. Crum, B.A. Miller and K.V. Miller. 2015. Effects of population reduction on white-tailed deer home-range dynamics. Northeastern Naturalist. 22:403-412
  • Karen E. Powers , Richard J. Reynolds , Wil Orndorff, W. Mark Ford. 2015. Post-White-nose Syndrome Trends in Virginia’s Cave Bats, 2008-2013 Journal of Ecology and Natural Environment 6:56-64 Abstract | 
  • Coleman, L.C., W.M. Ford, C.A. Dobony, and E.R. Britzke. 2014 A comparison of passive and active acoustic sampling for monitoring a bat community impacted by white-nose syndrome. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 5:217-226
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Current Projects

Completed Projects

Virginia University Committees and Workgroups

  • Mark FordSearch committee Mammalogy Instructor, 2012 (April 2012 - May 2012)
  • Mark FordSearch committee member, interim mammalogy position, Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech (June 2011 - August 2011)

Technical Publications

  • Adams, M.B., P.J. Edwards, W.M. Ford, T.M. Schuler, M. Thomas-Van Gundy and F. Wood. 2012. Fernow Experimental Forest: Research History and Opportunities. USDA Forest Service EFR-2. 26 p.
  • Krause, J.F. and W.M. Ford. 2010. Guidelines for assessing the condition of lands and waters managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. ERDC EMRRP Technical Note. 6 p

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 9

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 6

Scientific Publications: 40

Presentations: 117

Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  4. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  5. Wildlife Management Institute