Associate 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 Project Status

  • Population Dynamics and Resource Selection of Reintroduced Elk in Kentucky (data collection/publication)
  • Chronic Wasting Disease Susceptibility of Wild Cervids in Kentucky (data collection)
  • Population Status of Mountain Lions in the White Mountains of Arizona (data collection)
  • Ecology of the Martial Eagle in the Mara Region of Kenya (analysis/publication phase)
  • Avifaunal response to urban reforestation and wetland construction (fieldwork/analyses)
  • Impact of Timber Harvest Breeding Birds in a Mixed-mesophytic Forest (early publication phase, long-term fieldwork/analyses)
  • Impacts of Fire, Herbivory, and Competition on select hardwood trees in the Inner Bluegrass Region of Kentucky (early publication phase, long-term data collection)
  • Impacts of Herbivores on Select Tree Seedlings Replanted on Coal Surface Mines (long-term fieldwork)

Courses Taught

  • FOR 101 Introduction to Wildlife Conservation (3 credit hrs, Spring)
  • FOR 365 Wildlife Assessment (2 credit hrs, Spring)
  • FOR 435 Conservation Biology (3 credit hrs, Spring; UK Global Dynamics Core)
  • FOR 520 Mammals of the Eastern U.S. (4 credit hrs, Fall)
  • FOR 550 U.S. Biodiversity Hotspots (3 credit hrs, Spring; field trip required; trip photos)
  • FOR 599 Environmentalism: Survey of a Sociopolitical Movement (3 credit hrs)
  • FOR 770 Ecology, Management, and Conservation seminar series: offerings have included Wild Canids, Wild Felids, Wild Ungulates of North America, and Neotropical Migrant Songbirds (1 credit hr)
  • FOR 770 Where in the World is Aldo (Leopold)? (1 credit hr seminar)


Photo of John Cox