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Joe N Caudell

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology

 General Information

Dr. Joe N. Caudell is the Wildlife Disease Biologist for the Indiana USDA APHIS Wildlife Services Program. Dr. Caudell has a diverse background which includes studying the foraging behavior of suburban deer in South Carolina, the ecology of brown tree snakes in Australia, eared grebe management in Utah; working with and managing a variety of wildlife disease across the U.S.; managing wildlife damage; and teaching environmental education with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. He has lived and worked in Georgia, Texas, Australia, Michigan, Maine, and Nevada. Dr. Caudell has been working in Indiana since 2005 as the Wildlife Disease Biologist.

Currently, Dr. Caudell is working closely with the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife to conduct disease surveillance on and manage feral swine in southern Indiana. Other recent projects include conducting surveillance for bovine tuberculosis in peridomestic mammals in southeast Indiana, assisting with chronic wasting disease surveillance in wild white-tailed deer in Minnesota, investigating a pneumonia outbreak in bighorn sheep in Washington state, and assisting with highly pathogenic avian influenza surveillance in wild birds in China. Dr. Caudell also manages the Indiana Wildlife Disease Surveillance Network to conduct disease surveillance (such as tularemia, rabies, and distemper) in nuisance wildlife. Current research includes the applicability of using non-toxic ammunition for wildlife damage management and examining the cost effectiveness of wildlife damage management techniques. He is also the co-editor of the Indiana Wildlife Disease News which is a quarterly publication that USDA APHIS Wildlife Services and Indiana Department of Natural Resources publishes for news including updates on wildlife diseases in the Midwest.

Current Research and Wildlife Management Projects

  • Cost effectiveness of wildlife damage management techniques
  • Surveillance of diseases in feral swine
  • Surveillance of bovine tuberculosis in wildlife around infected farms
  • Effectiveness of lead-free rifle ammunition
  • Contingency planning for wildlife diseases


  • Ph.D., Utah State University, College of Natural Resources, Wildlife Biology. Biology and management of eared grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) on the Great Salt Lake, Utah.
  • M.S., Utah State University, College of Natural Resources, Wildlife Biology. Pathophysiology and predation of brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) in Australia.
  • B.S.F.R., University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forest Resources.

Recent Publications:

  • Caudell, J. N., S. A Shwiff, and M. Slater. 2010. Using a cost effectiveness model to determine the applicability of OvoControl G to manage nuisance Canada geese. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:843-848.
  • Caudell, J. N., B. C. West, B. Griffin, and K. Davis. 2009. Fostering greater professionalism with firearms in the wildlife arena. Pages 95-99 in Boulanger, J. ed. Proceedings of the 13th Wildlife Damage Management Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY. 5pp.
  • Murdock, J. M., M. J. Yabsley, S. E. Little, R. Chandrashekar, T. O’Connor, J. N. Caudell, J. Huffman, J. Langenberg, and S. Hollamby. 2009. Distribution of antibodies reactive to Borrelia lonestari and Borrelia burgdorferi in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) populations in the Eastern United States. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 9:729-736.
  • Conover, M. R., and J. N. Caudell. 2009. Energy budgets for eared grebes on the Great Salt Lake and implication for harvest of brine shrimp. Journal of Wildlife Management 73:1134-1139.
  • Caudell, J. N. and M. R. Conover. 2007. Drive-by netting: a technique for capturing grebes (Podiceps spp.) and other diving waterfowl. Human-Wildlife Conflicts 1:49-52.

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