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William McShea

Research Scientist / Conservation Ecology Center

Research Focus

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.

Most Recent Publications

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.

McShea, William J., Forrester, Tavis, Costello, Robert, He, Zhihai and Kays, Roland. Volunteer-run cameras as distributed sensors for macrosystem mammal research, Landscape Ecology, 1-12. 2015.

Rota, Christopher T., Wikle, Christopher K., Kays, Roland W., Forrester, Tavis D., McShea, William J., Parsons, Arielle Waldstein and Millspaugh, Joshua J. A two-species occupancy model accommodating simultaneous spatial and interspecific dependence, Ecology, 97 (1) 48-53. 2016.

Gray, Thomas N. E., McShea, William J., Koehncke, Arnulf, Sovanna, Prum and Wright, Mark. Artificial deepening of seasonal waterholes in eastern Cambodia: impact on water retention and use by large ungulates and waterbirds, Journal of Threatened Taxa, 7 (6) 7189-7195. 2015.

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