Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology
102 Thomas Poe Cooper Building
Lexington, KY 40546-0073
(859) 257-9507


Ph.D. Animal Sciences 2003, University of Kentucky

M.S. Biology 1997, Morehead State University

B.S. Biology 1995, Morehead State University

Current Major Research Projects

  • Ecology and Management of Black Bear in Eastern Kentucky
  • Ecology and Conservation of Black Bears in Southcentral Florida
  • Ecology and Management of Reintroduced Elk in Kentucky
  • Mesocarnivore Monitoring in Kentucky
  • The Common Raven in Cliff Habitat: Detectability and Occupancy
  • Impact of Timber Harvest on Herpetofauna and Breeding Birds in a Mixed-mesophytic Forest
  • Brucellosis and Bison in Yellowstone National Park
  • Impacts of Fire and Herbivory on select hardwood trees in the Inner Bluegrass Region of Kentucky

Courses Taught

  • FOR 101 Introduction to Wildlife Conservation
  • FOR 230 Conservation Biology
  • FOR 356 Landscape Assessment
  • FOR 599 Environmentalism: Survey of a Sociopolitical Movement 
  • FOR 599 The Chihuahuan Desert: Ecology, Conservation Policy and Practice
  • FOR 599 Florida’s Ecosystems: Ecology, Conservation Policy and Practice 
  • FOR 770 The Wild Canids: Ecology, Management, and Conservation
  • FOR 770 The Wild Felids: Ecology, Management, and Conservation
  • FOR 770 Ecology and Management of Wild Ungulates in North America


Photo of John Cox