Petra Wood

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Petra Bohall Wood , Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Resources

Research Wildlife Biologist and Assistant Unit Leader
WV Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, USGS

Contact Information

West Virginia University
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources
PO Box 6125
Morgantown, WV 26506-6125

Telephone: (304) 293-5090
Fax: (304) 293-4826
Email: pbwood@wvu.edu

see also Cooperative Research Units webpage


PhD, University of Florida 1992, Wildlife Ecology
MS, University of Florida 1984, Wildlife Ecology
BS, Purdue University 1981, Wildlife Management

Professional Employment

Research Wildlife Biologist
USGS WV Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, July 1992 – present

Courses Taught

Conservation Biology (WMAN 639)
Wildlife and Fisheries Graduate Seminar (WMAN 770)

Research Interests

My primary research activities focus on how anthropogenic habitat changes (e.g., timber harvesting practices, surface mining, O&G development) affect wildlife populations.

Professional Affiliations

American Ornithologists’ Union
The Wildlife Society
Raptor Research Foundation
Society for Conservation Biology
Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Technical Committee

Selected Publications

Aldinger, K. and P.B. Wood. 2014. Reproductive success and habitat characteristics of Golden-winged Warblers in high-elevation pasturelands. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 126(2):279-287.

Perkins, K.A. and P.B. Wood. 2014. Selection of forest canopy gaps by male cerulean warblers in West Virginia. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 126(2):288-297.

Sheehan, J., P.B. Wood, Buehler, D.A., Keyser, P.D., Larkin, J.L., Rodewald, A.D., Wigley, T.B., Boves, T.J., George, G.A., Bakermans, M.H., Beachy, T.A., Evans, A., McDermott, M.E., Newell, F.L., Perkins, K.A., White, M. 2014. Avian response to timber harvesting applied experimentally to manage Cerulean Warbler breeding populations. Forest Ecology and Management 321:5-18.

Wood, P. J. Larkin, J. Mizel, C. Zipper, and P. Angel. 2013. Reforestation to enhance Appalachian mined lands as habitat for terrestrial wildlife. Forest Reclamation Advisory No. 10. U.S. Office of Surface Mining, ARRI. 8pp.

Wood, P.B. and J.M. Williams. 2013. Terrestrial salamander abundance on reclaimed mountaintop removal mines. Wildlife Society Bulletin 37(4):815-823.

Boves T.J., D.A. Buehler, J. Sheehan, P.B. Wood, A.D. Rodewald, J.L. Larkin, P.D. Keyser, F.L. Newell, G.A. George, M.H. Bakermans, A. Evans, T.A. Beachy, M.E. McDermott, K.A. Perkins, M. White, and T.B. Wigley. 2013. Emulating natural disturbances for declining late-successional species: a case study of the consequences for Cerulean Warblers (Setophaga cerulea). PLoS ONE e52107.

Boves T.J., D.A. Buehler, J. Sheehan, P.B. Wood, A.D. Rodewald, J.L. Larkin, P.D. Keyser, F. L. Newell, A. Evans, G.A. George and T. B. Wigley. 2013. Spatial variation in breeding habitat selection by Cerulean Warblers (Setophaga cerulea) throughout the Appalachian Mountains. Auk 130(1): 46-59.

Newell, F., J. Sheehan, P.B. Wood, A.D. Rodewald, et al. 2013. Comparison of point counts and territory mapping for detecting effects of forest management on songbirds. Journal of Field Ornithology 84:270-286.

Wickham, J., P.B. Wood, M.C. Nicholson, W. Jenkins, D. Druckenbrod, G.W. Suter, M.P. Strager, C. Mazzarella, W. Galloway, and J. Amos. 2013. The overlooked terrestrial impacts of mountaintop mining. BioScience 63:335-349. Wood, P.B. and K.A. Perkins. 2012. Behavioral activities of male cerulean warblers in relation to habitat characteristics. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124(3):497-505.

Wood, P.B., J. Sheehan, P. Keyser, D. Buehler, J. Larkin, A. Rodewald, S. Stoleson, T.B., Wigley, J. Mizel, T. Boves, G. George, M. Bakermans, T. Beachy, A. Evans, M. McDermott, F. Newell, K. Perkins, and M. White. 2013. Management guidelines for enhancing Cerulean Warbler breeding habitat in Appalachian hardwood forests. American Bird Conservancy. The Plains, Virginia. 28 pp.

Wood, P.B. and J.M. Williams. 2013. Impact of Valley Fills on Streamside Salamanders in Southern West Virginia. Journal of Herpetology 47:119-125.

Becker, D.A., P.B. Wood, and P.D. Keyser. 2012. Canada Warbler use of harvested stands following timber management in the southern portion of their range. Forest Ecology and Management 276:1-9. 2/28/2012

McElhone, P.M., P.B. Wood, and D.K. Dawson. 2011. Effects of stop-level habitat change on cerulean warbler detections along breeding bird survey routes in the central Appalachians. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123(4):699-708. 10/10/2011

Becker, D.A., P.B. Wood, P.D. Keyser, T.B. Wigley, R. Dellinger, and C.A. Weakland. 2011. Threshold responses of songbirds to long-term timber management on an active industrial forest. Journal of Forest Ecology and Management 262:449-460.

McDermott, M.E., P.B. Wood, G.W. Miller, and B.T.Simpson. 2010. Predicting breeding bird occurrence by stand- and microhabitat-scale features in even-aged stands in the Central Appalachians. Forest Ecology and Management 261:373-380.

McDermott, M.E. and P.B. Wood. 2010. Influence of cover and food resource variation on post-breeding bird habitat use, molt, and body condition in even-aged stands. Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 122:545-555.

Manjerovic, M.B., P.B. Wood., and J.W. Edwards. 2009. Mast and weather influences on population trends of a species of concern: the Allegheny woodrat. American Midland Naturalist 162:52-61.

McDermott, M.E. and P.B. Wood. 2009. Short- and long-term implications of clearcut and two-age silviculture for conservation of breeding forest birds in the central Applachians, USA. Biological Conservation 142:212-220.

Morrison, J.L. and P.B. Wood. 2009. Broadening our approaches to studying dispersal in raptors. Journal of Raptor Research 43:81-89.

Wood, P. B. 2009. Recovery distances of nestling bald eagles banded in Florida and implications for natal dispersal and philopatry. Journal of Raptor Research 43:127-133.

Wood, P.B. 2008. Woodrat population dynamics and movement patterns. Chapter 3, Pages 45-62 in The Allegheny Woodrat: Ecology, Conservation, and Management of a Declining Species, J. Peles and J. Wright, eds. Springer.

Dellinger, R.L., P.B. Wood, and P.D. Keyser. 2007. Occurrence and nest survival of four thrush species on a managed central Appalachian forest. Forest Ecology and Management 243(2007):248-258.

Wood, P.B., S. Bosworth, and R. Dettmers. 2006. Cerulean warbler abundance and occurrence relative to large-scale edge and habitat characteristics. Condor 108:154-165.

Weakland, C.A.. and P.B. Wood. 2005. Cerulean warbler (Dendroica cerulea) microhabitat and landscape-level habitat characteristics in southern West Virginia. Auk 122:497-508.