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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

Awards & Honors

(1996) Texas Society of Mammalogists Award (Best Presentation). Texas Society of Mammalogists.

(2004) Purdue University Agricultural Research Program Assistantship. Purdue University.

(2004) Purdue Research Foundation Research Grant. Purdue University.

(2004) Rhode Island Zoological Society “Wallaby Genetics”. Rhode Island Zoological Society.

(2005) Purdue University Instructional Innovation Grant 2005. Purdue University.

(2007) Purdue University International Travel Gran. Purdue University.

(2008) Grants-in-Aid. American Society of Mammalogists.

(2008) Graduate Student Award. Society of Systematic Biologists.

(2008) Indiana Academy of Sciences Research Grant. Indiana Academy of Sciences.

(2010) Purdue University International Travel Grant. Purdue University.

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). Heirloom genomes and bison conservation. Science, 345.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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