William McShea

William McShea

Research Wildlife Ecologist
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

1500 Remount Rd

Front Royal, VA 22630

Phone: 540-635-6563
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Research Interests

Deer ecology, wildlife surveys, citizen science, small mammal ecology, bird ecology, oak forests, invasive plants

Educational Background

  • B.S., Bucknell University, 1977
  • M.S., University of New Hampshire, 1980
  • Ph.D., SUNY Binghamton,  1985

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Bill McShea is a wildlife ecologist for the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute at Front Royal, Virginia, USA. He received his education at Bucknell University (B.S.), University of New Hampshire (M.S.), and State University of New York at Binghamton (PhD). He has worked at the Front Royal facility since 1986. He is past co-chair and current member of the IUCN Deer Specialist Group, and a member of both the Bear Specialist and Bovid Specialist Groups. He has edited five volumes on wildlife management (deer, oak forests, Asian wildlife, and giant pandas), co-authored a book on deer ecology, and coauthored over 150 scientific publications. He runs several forest-related projects in Virginia and a grassland ecology project in Montana. When not in the USA, Bill currently works in Southeast Asia, Borneo, and China. Bill’s research focuses on the management and diversity of wildlife populations and much of this work involves mammal surveys using camera traps. He is a founding member of eMammal (www.emammal.org), which facilitates citizen science projects using camera traps and displays wildlife data and images through the website.

Ongoing and Recent CESU Research

  • Deer impacts on forest resources
  • Acorn production in mature deciduous forest
  • Deer response to development
  • Monitoring invasive plants in mature deciduous forest
  • Forest demographics
  • Mammal distribution relative to urbanization
  • Feral cat population estimate in DC

Other Research

  • Ecology of giant pandas and potential corridor use
  • Distribution of Borneo mammals around a critical protected area
  • Conservation Eld's deer in SE Asia
  • Restoration of plains bison to Montana grasslands
  • reintroduction of swift fox to northern Montana

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