W. Mark Ford, Ph.D.

I have been unit leader since August 2010. Prior to coming to USGS and Virginia Tech, I held R&D positions with the U.S. Army Engineer Research Development Center, the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station and Westvaco Forest Resources.


Only Mark's five most recent publications are shown here. For more information about Mark, including a full publications list, visit his profile page on the Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit web site.
Mark also can be reached at his Virginia Tech email address: wmford@vt.edu


  • Ph D University of Georgia 1994
  • MS Mississippi State University 1989
  • BS University of Tennessee 1987

Research Interests

Wildlife habitat interactions (forest management and prescribed fire), white-tailed deer management, ecology and management of bats, non-volant small mammals and woodland salamanders, and high-elevation/relict forest management and restoration in the Appalachians.