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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

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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

Areas of Excellence - Applied Ecological Genetics

Awards & Honors

(2014) University Faculty Scholar. Purdue.

(2013) University Faculty Scholar. Purdue.

(2012) Outstanding Graduate Educator. Purdue FNR.

(2012) University Faculty Scholar. Purdue.

(2011) Ag Research Award. Purdue Ag.

(2011) University Faculty Scholar. Purdue.

(2010) University Faculty Scholar. Purdue.

(2009) University Faculty Scholar. Purdue University.

(2008) University Faculty Scholar. Purdue University.

(2005) Associate Editor. Genetica.

Selected Publications

DeWoody, J. (2014). DNA-based approaches for evaluating historical demography in terrestrial vertebrates. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 112.

DeWoody, J. (2014). Transcriptomic characterization of the immunogenetic repertoires of heteromyid rodents. BMC Genomics, 15.

DeWoody, J. (2014). Polymorphic microsatellite loci for a neotropical leaf-litter frog (Craugastor bransfordii) characterized through Illumina sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources, 10.

DeWoody, J. (2014). Variation in offspring sex ratio of a sexually dimorphic, long-lived raptor, the Eastern Imperial Eagle. Ibis, 156.

DeWoody, J. (in press). Mammalian genetic diversity as a function of habitat, body size, trophic class, and conservation status. Journal of Mammalogy.

DeWoody, J. (2014). Natural selection and the genetic basis of osmoregulation in Heteromyid rodents as revealed by RNA-seq. Molecular Ecology, 23.

DeWoody, J. (in press). The impacts of inbreeding, drift, and selection on genetic diversity in captive breeding populations. Molecular Ecology.

DeWoody, J. (in press). Mechanistic insights into landscape genetic structure of two tropical amphibians using field-derived resistance surfaces. Molecular Ecology.

DeWoody, J. (2014). The genome sequence of a widespread apex predator, the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). PLoS ONE, 9.

DeWoody, J. (2014). Heirloom genomes and bison conservation. Science, 345.