Research Scientist / Conservation Ecology Center
His research involves forest ecology issues on public lands in the eastern U.S. and conservation issues in developing countries. McShea’s international work includes large mammal surveys in protected areas and movements of deer and carnivores relative to resources and human impacts. Locally, he works with private and public landowners to restore native habitats and control invasive plant species, and conducts detailed studies of oak forest ecosystems.
Campana, Michael G., Hawkins, Melissa T. R., Henson, Lauren H., Stewardson, Kristin, Young, Hillary S., Card, Leah R., Lock, Justin, Agwanda, Bernard, Brinkerhoff, Jory, Gaff, Holly D., Helgen, Kristofer M., Maldonado, Jesús E., McShea, William J. and Fleischer, Robert C. Simultaneous identification of host, ectoparasite and pathogen DNA via in-solution capture, Molecular Ecology Resources, . 2016.
Shen, Xiaoli, Bourg, Norman A., McShea, William J. and Turner, Benjamin L. Long-Term Effects of White-Tailed Deer Exclusion on the Invasion of Exotic Plants: A Case Study in a Mid-Atlantic Temperate Forest, PLOS ONE, 11 (3) 1-16. 2016.
Martinsen, Ellen S., McInerney, Nancy, Brightman, Heidi, Ferebee, Ken, Walsh, Tim, McShea, William J., Forrester, Tavis D., Ware, Lisa, Joyner, Priscilla H., Perkins, Susan L., Latch, Emily K., Yabsley, Michael J., Schall, Joseph J. and Fleischer, Robert C. Hidden in plain sight: Cryptic and endemic malaria parasites in North American white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), Science Advances, 2 (2) e1501486. 2016.
Pei, Nancai, Erickson, David L., Chen, Bufeng, Ge, Xuejun, Mi, Xiangcheng, Swenson, Nathan G., Zhang, Jin-Long, Jones, Frank A., Huang, Chun-Lin, Ye, Wanhui, Hao, Zhanqing, Hsieh, Chang-Fu, Lum, Shawn, Bourg, Norman A., Parker, John D., Zimmerman, Jess K., McShea, William J., Lopez, Ida C., Sun, I. F., Davies, Stuart J., Ma, Keping and Kress, W. John. Closely-related taxa influence woody species discrimination via DNA barcoding: evidence from global forest dynamics plots, Scientific Reports, 5 . 2015.
Kays, Roland, Costello, Robert, Forrester, Tavis, Baker, Megan C., Parsons, Arielle W., Kalies, Elizabeth L., Hess, George, Millspaugh, Joshua J. and McShea, William. Cats are rare where coyotes roam, Journal of mammalogy, 96 (5) 981-987. 2015.