James (Jim) Anderson

Director, James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center
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
Email: jta6@clemson.edu
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Personal Website: https://www.clemson.edu/cafls/departments/kennedycenter/


 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


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


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.

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.