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Petra Wood

Petra Wood, AUL Wildlife


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


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

  • Raptor Research Foundation - Newsletter Editor (January 2006 - December 2014)
  • Raptor Research Foundation - Member, Board of Directors (January 2008 - December 2010)
  • Raptor Research Foundation - Chair, Awards Committee (January 1993 - February 2008)
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Research Publications

  • Rolek, B. W., D.J. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, and P.B.Wood. 2018. Regenerating clearcuts combined with postharvest forestry treatments promote habitat for breeding and post-breeding spruce-fir avian assemblages in the Atlantic Northern Forest. Forest Ecology and Management 427: 392-413. Data DOI: 10.1111/jav.01779;
  • Frantz, M.W., P.B. Wood, and G.T. Merovich, Jr. Demographic characteristics of an avian predator in response to its aquatic prey in watersheds impacted by shale gas development. PLoSONE
  • Kramer, G.R., D.E. Andersen, D.A. Buehler, P.B. Wood, S.M. Peterson, J.A. Lehman, K.R. Aldinger, L.P. Bulluck, S. Harding, J.A. Jones, J.P Loegering, C. Smalling, R. Vallender, and H.M. Streby. 2018. Population trends in Vermivora warblers are linked to strong migratory connectivity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Wildlife and Fisheries Graduate Seminar (2018)
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Graduate Seminar (2017)
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Graduate Seminar (2016)
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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

  • 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.
  • Rolek, B., D. Harrison, C. Loftin, and P. Wood. 2016. Bird communities of coniferous forests in the Acadian region; their habitat associations and responses to forest management. Annual report to the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit. 14pp.
  • Mizel, J. and P.B. Wood. 2011. Songbird response to reforestation of mined land with hardwood trees (abstract). Journal of the American Chestnut Foundation 2(25):11.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 11

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 14

Scientific Publications: 60

Presentations: 116

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