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James (Jim) Anderson

James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center, Director
James C. Kennedy Endowed Chair of Waterfowl and Wetland Ecology
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science

Office: Room 124 Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecol
Phone: 304-276-8956

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Educational Background

PhD Wildlife Science
Texas Tech University 1997

MS Range and Wildlife Management
Texas A&M University-Kingsville 1994

BS Wildlife
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 1991

Courses Taught

Waterfowl Ecology
Wetlands Ecology and Management
North American Model of Wildlife Management
Wildlife and Fisheries Policy and Administration
Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries
Advanced Wildlife and Fisheries Management


Wetlands provide valuable ecosystem services and important habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. Despite their importance, wetlands continue to be lost and degraded. Research enhancing wetland management practices, wetland conservation strategies in light of sea level rise and other perturbations, and strategies to conserve waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife is necessary to conserve wetlands and their wild inhabitants. I am interested in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students interested in wetlands, waterfowl, and other wetland wildlife and preparing them for their future vocations.

Research Interests

My research interests are broadly based on wetland and wildlife ecology. Currently, I primarily focus on wetland-dependent wildlife with an emphasis on waterfowl ecology and management and the management of wetland impoundments. Within the wetlands and wetland-dependent wildlife arena, areas of specific interest include carrying capacity, climate change, habitat relations, sea-level rise, species ecology, STEM education, and restoration.


Masto, N. M., A. C. Hsiung, R. M. Kaminski, B. E. Ross, M. R. Kneece, G. L. Wilkerson, R. F. Baldwin, R. D. Hanks, E. P. Wiggers, T. H. Folk, R. D. Perry, R. H. Coen, R. C. Leland, and J. T. Anderson. Waterbird-habitat relationships in South Carolina: Implications for protection, restoration, and management of coastal and inland wetlands. Restoration Ecology 31(7): e13956.

Skelly, B. P., H. L. Clipp, S. M. Landry, R. Rogers, Q. Phelps, J. T. Anderson, and C. T. Rota. 2023. A flexible Bayesian approach for estimating survival probabilities from age-at-harvest data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 14:1061-1073.

Millikin, A. R., S. Coster, A. Welsh, and J. T. Anderson. 2023. Pool age and local habitat are associated with effective number of breeders in spotted salamander populations colonizing created vernal pools. Diversity 15(124):1-17.

Millikin, A. R., D. R. Davis, D. J. Brown, S. K. Woodley, S. Coster, A. Welsh, J. L. Kerby, and J. T. Anderson. 2023. Prevalence of ranavirus in spotted salamander larvae from created vernal pools in West Virginia, USA. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 59:24-36.

Naunyal, M., B. Khadka, and J. T. Anderson. 2023. Effect of land use and land cover change on plant diversity in the Ghodaghodi Lake Complex, Nepal. Forests 14:(3) 529.

Becker D. N., J. A. Hubbart, and J. T. Anderson. 2022. Biodiversity monitoring of a riparian wetland in a mixed-use watershed in the Central Appalachians, USA, before restoration. Diversity 14(4):304.

Brown, D. J., A. L. Gulette, K. J. Oxenrider, D. N. Becker, J. T. Anderson, L. Schumacher, J. L. Mota, M. B. Watson, and T. K. Pauley. 2022. Distribution records for Trachemys scripta elegans (red-eared slider) in West Virginia, USA. Herpetological Review 53:93-94.

Bryzek, J. A., K. L. Noe, S. De Silva, A. MacKenzie, C. L. Von Haugg , D. Hartman, J. E. McCall, W. Veselka IV, and J. T. Anderson. 2022. Obligations of researchers and managers to respect wetlands: practical solutions to minimizing field monitoring impacts. Land 11(4):481.

Landry, S. M., J. E. Roof, R. E. Rogers, A. B. Welsh, C. W. Ryan, and J. T. Anderson. 2022. Dietary patterns suggest West Virginia bobcats are generalist carnivores. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 13(2):447-459; e1944-687X.

Noe, K. L., C. T. Rota, M. W. Frantz, and J. T. Anderson. 2022. Restored and natural wetland small mammal communities in West Virginia, USA. Land 11(9):1482.

Olaniyi, O., D. Hlengwa, and J. T. Anderson. 2022. Assessing the driving forces of Guinea savanna transition using geospatial technology and machine learning in Old Oyo National Park, Nigeria. Geocarto International 37(27):17242–17259.

Rounsville Jr., T. F., R. E. Rogers, A. B. Welsh, C. W. Ryan, and J. T. Anderson. 2022. Novel hair snare and genetic methods for non-invasive bobcat detection. Ecology and Evolution 12(1):1-12.

Slabe, V.A., J. T. Anderson, B. A. Millsap, J. L. Cooper, A. R. Harmata, Marco Restani, R. H. Crandall, B. Bodenstein, P. H. Bloom, T. Booms, J. Buchweitz, R. Culver, K. Dickerson, R. Domenech, E. Dominguez-Villegas, D. Driscoll, B. W. Smith, M. J. Lockhart, D. McRuer, T. A. Miller, P. A. Ortiz, K. Rogers, M. Schwarz, N. Turley, B., M. E. Finkelstein, C. A. Triana, C. R. DeSorbo, and T. E. Katzner. 2022. Demographic implications of lead poisoning for eagles across North America. Science 375:779-782.

Xia, W., B. Zhu, Z. Shuanghu, H. Liu, X. Qu, Y. Liu, L. G. Rudstam, J. T. Anderson, L. Ni, and Y. Chen. 2022. Climate, hydrology, and human disturbance drive long-term (1988-2018) macrophyte patterns in water diversion lakes. Journal of Environmental Management 319:115726.

Boucher, M., M. Tellez, and J. T. Anderson. 2021. Activity budget and behavioral patterns of American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) in Belize. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 16:86-94.

Mota, J. L., D. J. Brown, D. M. Canning, S. M. Crayton, D. N. Lozon, A. L. Gulette, J. T. Anderson, I. Mali, B. E. Dickerson, M. R.J. Forstner, M. B. Watson, and T. K. Pauley. 2021. Influence of landscape condition on relative abundance and body condition of two generalist freshwater turtle species. Ecology and Evolution 11:5511-5521.

Veselka, W. IV, W. S. Kordek, and J. T. Anderson. 2021. Using multiple taxa and wetland classification schemes for enhanced detection of biological response signatures to human impairment. Ecological Indicators 133:1-6.

Zhai, J., J. T. Anderson, G. Yan, L. Cong, Y. Wu, L. Dai, J. Liu, and Z. Zhang. 2021. Decomposition and nutrient dynamics responses of plant litter to interactive effects of flooding and salinity in Yellow River Delta wetland in northeastern China. Ecological Indicators 120:1-8.

Anderson, J. T. 2020. My journey as a wetland scientist: from under the Sphagnum moss to the top of the mountain. Pages 6 – 10 (Chapter 2) in History of Wetland Science: A perspectives from Wetland Leaders, D. A. Wilcox, editor. Amazon Press.

Boucher, M., M. Tellez, and J. T. Anderson. 2020. Differences in distress: variance and production of American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) distress calls in Belize. Ecology and Evolution. 10:9624-9634.

Keten, A., E. Eroglu, S. Kaya, and J. T. Anderson. 2020. Bird diversity along a riparian corridor in a moderate urban landscape. Ecological Indicators 118: 106751.

Lewis, K. A., C. T. Rota, and J. T. Anderson. 2020. A comparison of wetland characteristics between Agricultural Conservation Easement Program and public lands wetlands in West Virginia. Ecology and Evolution 10:3017-3031.

Love, J. P., and J. T. Anderson. 2020. Invertebrate abundance, biomass, and richness associated with an exotic invasive shrub (Lonicera morrowii A. Gray). Natural Resources 11:257-282.

McPherson, L. A., I. Holásková, and J. T. Anderson. 2020. Functional equivalence of created wetland water quality: a comparison of amphibian metamorphic success. Open Journal of Ecology 10:418-439.

Mota, J. L., D. N. Lozon, M. N. Tenney, J. T. Anderson, and D. J. Brown. 2020.
Chrysemys picta marginata (Midland Painted Turtle). Head abnormality. Herpetological Review 51:828.

Petrauski, L., S. Owen, G. Constantz, and J. T. Anderson. 2020. Developing a historical phenology dataset through community involvement for climate change research. American Journal of Climate Change 9:11-22.

Slabe, V. A., J. T. Anderson, J. Cooper, T. A. Miller, B. Brown, A. Wrona, P. Ortiz, J. Buchweitz, D. McRuer, E. Dominguez-Villegas, S. Behmke, and T. Katzner. 2020. Feeding ecology drives lead exposure of facultative and obligate avian scavengers in the eastern United States. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 39:882-892.

Coster, S. S., A. B. Welsh, G. Costanzo, S. Harding, J. T. Anderson, and T. E. Katzner. 2019. Gene flow connects coastal populations of a habitat specialist, the clapper rail (Rallus crepitans). Ibis 161:66-78.

Duerr, A. E., M. Braham, T. A. Miller, J. Cooper, J. T. Anderson, and T. E. Katzner. 2019. Roost- and perch-site selection by golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in eastern North America. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 131(2):310-328.

Flaherty, K. L., P. J. Turk, and J. T. Anderson. 2019. Comparing stakeholder attitudes toward white-tailed deer and rare plant management in Canaan Valley, West Virginia. Global Ecology and Conservation 16(2019) e00519.

Goodman, N. S., J. C. Eitniear, and J. T. Anderson. 2019. Time-activity budgets of stiff-tailed ducks in Puerto Rico. Global Ecology and Conservation 19 e00676.

Anderson, J. T., and C. A. Davis, editors. 2013. Wetland Techniques. Volume 1: Foundations. Springer, New York, New York. 459pp. ISBN 978-94-007-6859-8

Anderson, J. T., and C. A. Davis, editors. 2013. Wetland Techniques. Volume 2: Organisms. Springer, New York, New York. 332pp. ISBN 978-94-007-6903-4

Anderson, J. T., and C. A. Davis, editors. 2013. Wetland Techniques. Volume 3: Applications and Management. Springer, New York, New York. 270pp. ISBN 978-94-007-6906-9

Cokendolpher, J. C., S. M. Torrence, J. T. Anderson, W. D. Sissom, N. Duperre, J. D. Ray, and L. M. Smith. 2008. Arachnids associated with wet playas in the Southern High Plains (Llano Estacado), U.S.A. Special Publications, Museum of Texas Tech University Number 53. 77 pages. ISBN: 1-929330-16-2.


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