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J. Andrew DeWoody

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Professor of Genetics
FORS Room 108
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033

Biological Sciences 

  • Professor of Genetics, Courtesy Appointment

Dr. Andrew DeWoody's website

J. Andrew DeWoody did his undergraduate studies in Wildlife and Fisheries at Texas A&M University.  After a brief stint as a field biologist with the now-defunct Soil Conservation Service, he returned to A&M to earn an M.S. in Genetics under the tutelage of Rodney Honeycutt and Loren Skow.  Andrew's Ph.D. in Zoology is from Texas Tech University, where he worked with a preeminent mammalogist (Robert Baker).  DeWoody then did a 3-yr postdoc stint with an obscure geneticist named John Avise at the University of Georgia (Department of Genetics).

At Purdue, DeWoody's graduate students have worked in the fields of molecular evolution (Deb Triant), conservation biology (Dave Glista and Jamie Rudnick), and immunogenetics (Sara Turner).  His research has been funded by a variety of organizations including NSF, USDA-NRI, the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, the National Geographic Society, and the Joint Transportation Research Program.  DeWoody's research has been published in a variety of scientific journals, and electronic reprints are available here.

Research Group - Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Genetics, Wildlife Science

Facilities - Genetics Lab

Awards & Honors

(2011) Ag Research Award. Purdue Agriculture.

(2016) Elected Fellow. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

(2012) Outstanding Graduate Educator. Purdue University Forestry and Natural Resources Department.

(2012) University Faculty Scholar. Purdue University.

(1996) Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Fellow. ARCS.

(1991) Distinguished Student Award for Academic Excellence. Texas A&M University.

Selected Publications

Molecular approaches in natural resource conservation and management. (2010). . Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from

Vertebrate sex determining genes and their potential utility in conservation, with particular emphasis on fishes. (2010). In Molecular approaches in natural resource conservation and management (1, 74-100). Cambridge University Press.

discoveries and paradigm shifts in evolutionary biology. Review of äóìRemarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Speciesäó� by Sean B. Carroll. (in press). BioScience.

Genetic diversity in birds is associated with body mass and habitat type. (in press). Journal of Zoology.

Is sexual monomorphism a predictor of polygynandry? Evidence from a social mammal, the collared peccary (Pecari tajacu). (in press). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

Measuring sex-biased dispersal in social mammals: comparisons of nuclear and mitochondrial genes in collared peccaries. (in press). Journal of Mammalogy.

The quantification of spermatozoa by real-time quantitative PCR, spectrophotometry, and spermatophore cap size. (in press). Molecular Ecology Resources.

Discovery and evaluation of candidate sex-determining genes and xenobiotics in the gonads of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens). (2010). Genetica, 138.

Evolutionary rates of mitochondrial genomes correspond to diversification rates and to contemporary species richness in birds and reptiles. (2010). Proceedings of the Royal Society, 277.

Quantifying male-biased dispersal among social groups in the collared peccary (Pecari tajacu) using analyses based on mtDNA variation. (2010). Heredity, 104.

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