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Petra Wood

Petra Wood, AUL Wildlife

Education

  • Ph D University of Florida 1992
  • MS University of Florida 1984
  • BS Purdue University 1981

Biography

Petra joined the WV Unit in 1992 as Assistant Unit Leader-Wildlife. She holds an Adjunct Professor appointment with West Virginia University in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Research Interests

Her research focus examines the effects of anthropocentric habitat changes, particularly from timber harvesting and energy development, on wildlife populations, especially songbirds.

Teaching Interests

Petra currently teaches a graduate course in Conservation Biology and coordinates a graduate seminar where students prepare scientific presentations.

Professional Society Service

  • Society for Conservation Biology - Member (January 1994 - December 2018)
  • The Wildlife Society - co-chair of committee that organized a symposium at the annual conference on wildlife and shale gas; moderator of a session (August 2017 - October 2018)
  • Partners in Flight - Member (July 1992 - December 2017)
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Research Publications

  • Kramer, G.R., R.K. Pagel, K. Maley, C. Ziegler, S.M. Peterson, D.E. Andersen, D.A. Buehler, P.B. Wood, and H.M. Streby. 2019. Say what? Bivalent singing in Vermivora warblers. Ecology. DOI:10.1002/ecy.2881.
  • Farwell, L.S., P.B. Wood, D.J. Brown, and J. Sheehan. Proximity to unconventional shale gas infrastructure alters breeding songbird abundance and distribution. Condor Volume XX, 2019, pp. 1–20. DOI: 10.1093/condor/duz020
  • Nareff, G.E., P.B. Wood, D.J. Brown, T. Fearer, J.L. Larkin, and W.M. Ford. Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) response to operational silviculture in the central Appalachian region. Forest Ecology and Management 448:409-423,
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Current Projects

Completed Projects

Courses

  • Wildlife and Fisheries Graduate Seminar (2019)
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Graduate Seminar (2018)
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Graduate Seminar (2017)
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West Virginia Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Petra WoodMember, Organizational Committee, 2nd Cerulean Warbler Summit, Cerulean Warbler Technical Group Meeting (August 2006 - February 2007)
  • Petra WoodMember, NPS New River Gorge natural resource assessment review panel (May 2003 - February 2004)
  • Petra WoodMember, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey (November 2003 - November 2003)
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West Virginia University Committees and Workgroups

  • Petra WoodMember, Faculty Search Committe Avian Ecologist, School of Natural Resources, West Virginia University (July 2015 - November 2015)
  • Petra WoodChair, Research Assistant Professor Search Committe, School of Natural Resources, West Virginia University (January 2015 - July 2015)
  • Petra WoodMember, Faculty Search Committe Ornithologist, School of Natural Resources, West Virginia University (January 2015 - July 2015)
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Technical Publications

  • Rolek, B. W., D. Harrison, C. Loftin, P.B. Wood. 2018. Influence of harvest treatments, vegetation, and edges on abundance of breeding spruce-fir avian species in regenerating forested stands. USGS annual report. Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
  • Rolek, B. W., D. Harrison, C. Loftin, P.B. Wood. 2018. Influence of harvest treatments, vegetation, and edges on abundance of breeding spruce-fir avian species in regenerating forested stands. USGS annual report. West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
  • Loman, Z., D. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, P.B. Wood. 2016. Evaluation of representative bird species’ Landscape Capability models developed by the Designing Sustainable Landscapes project in the 13-state, northeastern region of the United States. Annual report of project activity to the USFWS. 7 pp.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 8

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 18

Scientific Publications: 57

Presentations: 69

 

Contact Information

Tel: (304) 293 - 5090

Current Students

West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
  4. West Virginia University
  5. Wildlife Management Institute