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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

  • Sweeten, S.E. and W.M. Ford. 2016. Validation of a stream and riparian habitat assessment protocol using stream salamanders in the southwest Virginia coalfields. Journal of The American Society of Mining and Reclamation 5:45-46 Abstract |  Publisher Website | 
  • Silvis, A., N. Abaid, W.M. Ford and E.R. Britzke. 2016. Responses of bat social groups to roost loss: More questions than answers. pages 261-280 in: Sociality in Bats. Jorge Ortega (ed). Springer International. 301 p. Download  | 
  • Reynolds, R., K.E. Powers, W. Orndorff, W.M. Ford and C. Hobson. 2016, Changes in Myotis septentrionalis (Northern Long-eared Bat) Capture Rates and Demographics in Western Virginia; Pre and Post White-nose Syndrome. Southeastern Naturalist 15(1):127-137
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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: 8

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 10

Scientific Publications: 50

Presentations: 115

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