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Andrew DeWoody

Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Courtesy Appointment, Department of Biological Sciences

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Andrew  DeWoody


Evolutionary genetics; molecular ecology and evolution; natural history; conservation biology; wildlife and fisheries management.


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).


Our work has been funded by a variety of state, regional, and federal agencies. These include ExxonMobil, the Indiana Department of Transportation/Joint Transportation Research Program, the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, the National Birds of Prey Trust, the USDA, the USFWS, the USGS, the BLM, the National Geographic Society, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, the California Division of Fish and Game, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. However, most of our long-term funding (2005-present) has come from the National Science Foundation.

Honors and Awards (JAD):

  • Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2016, for substantive contributions to molecular ecology and conservation genetics”.
  • Recipient of Purdue University’s 2011 Agricultural Research Award. This Award is the highest honor given by the College of Agriculture’s Research Office and reflects exceptional contributions to the field of ecological and evolutionary genetics”. The award provides an honorarium funded by earnings of the Charles Guthrie Patterson Memorial Endowment and Matthew Morgan Hamilton Funds.
  • Recipient of 2011-2012 Outstanding Graduate Educator Award in Forestry & Natural Resources
  • Named a Purdue University Faculty Scholar, 2009. The University Faculty Scholars Program recognizes outstanding faculty members who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction” and includes annual funding for research and/or an honorarium.
  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholar 1995-1996 and in 1996-1997


  • Invited Member of the IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (2017-2020)
  • Editorial Board, Molecular Ecology and Molecular Ecology Resources (2011-present)
  • Scientific Advisory Group for the Association of Zoo and Aquariums (2017-present)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Ring 14 International ( ) (2014-present)

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