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Dr. John McDonald, Chair

John McDonald

Office: Wilson 214a,  413.572.8393,  Email

Education

  • B.S. Forest Resource Management, Virginia Tech (1989)
  • M.S. Wildlife Science, Pennsylvania State University (1993)
  • Ph.D. Wildlife Conservation, University of Massachusetts (1998)
  • Joined Westfield State in 2012

I have been involved with research on and management of black bears, white-tailed deer, moose, Canada lynx, ruffed grouse, and beavers, among other things. I also have interests in the management of Northeastern forests for wildlife and alternative energy development and its effects on wildlife habitat. Current research includes the wildlife community response to the Long Island Solar Farm.

Teaching

  • ENVS 0106 Introduction to Environmental Analysis
  • ENVS 0225 Natural Resource Conservation and Management
  • ENVS 0309 Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • ENVS 0390 Senior Seminar

I also lead a 2-week field course each May in conjunction with the Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Castleton State College. This course is all about hands-on learning and covers the basic skills needed to get an entry-level job or succeed in a graduate research project.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information about the Environmental Science Program at Westfield State University.