Dr. Andrew DeWoody is the department’s first recipient of the Agricultural Research Award, which is in its 28th year and is the highest honor given by the COA Agricultural Research Programs Office.
Dr. DeWoody is an incredibly productive scientist who uses modern molecular techniques to address important problems ranging from the ecology and evolution of mating systems to genetic diversity and genome dynamics. He has published 70 refereed articles and 4 book chapters. He also was the lead editor with several other faculty in FNR for a book published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press entitled Molecular approaches in natural resource conservation. Andrew is highly regarded in the scientific community. He has published 4 invited papers including reviews in BioScience and Journal of Heredity. His 2009 paper in BMC Genomics has been accessed >3,500 times since its online publication.
Further testament to the regard with which peers hold his work was evident in letters supporting his nomination. One distinguished faculty member at Purdue for over 30 years commented that “Andrew is a superb scientist” and that he “has an unparalleled knack for recognizing where an interesting scientific question can be addressed and where its application may be.” An endowed faculty chair at Purdue noted that Andrew “has, in a relatively short period of time, established himself as a well-known leader in the world of evolutionary and ecological genetics.” And a member of the National Academy of Sciences observed that “Andrew is clearly one of the most creative and productive of researchers working on the population genetics of vertebrates at this time.”
The Ag Research Award comes with a cash gift and programmatic support. For more information view Purdue Ag Newsroom, "Agricultural Research Award goes to molecular ecologist."