J. Andrew DeWoody

J. Andrew DeWoody

Welcome to Andrew DeWoody’s homepage at Purdue University!  Andrew is a Professor and University Faculty Scholar with appointments in Forestry & Natural Resources (FNR) as well as in Biological Sciences.  He served a three-year stint as Associate Head of FNR from 2011-2014.

Research Interests:

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

My lab group uses genomic and other approaches to study otherwise cryptic aspects of biology.  My graduate students work on a variety of questions in ecology and evolution, including conservation issues (e.g., eagle demography and whale population structure).

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Our work has been funded by a variety of state, regional, and federal agencies. These include 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 Bureau of Land Management, and the National Geographic Society. Most of our long-term funding has come from the National Science Foundation.

Honors and Awards:

  • 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
  • Distinguished Student Award for Academic Excellence, Texas A&M University 1991


  • Invited Member of the IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (2017-2020)
  • Editorial Board, Molecular Ecology and Molecular Ecology Resources (2011-present)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Ring 14 International (www.ring14.org) (2014-present)

Prospective graduate students:

The lab is actively recruiting new graduate students for the fall of 2018 to work on research near the interface of population genetics, molecular ecology, and conservation biology.  Click here for more information on some of the unusual circumstances around our lab, click here for more info on the admissions process into FNR (the academic home of most students and Andrew’s primary departmental affiliation), or here for admissions into BIOL (where Andrew also holds an appointment).  Contact Andrew directly if you are interested in grad school at Purdue!