Darren M. Wood

Assistant Professor of Biology
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Contact Information
Phone: 724-458‐2113
Email: WoodDM@gcc.edu

Darren M. Wood


  • B.S. Fisheries Biology, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
  • M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Science, West Virginia University
  • Ph.D. Forest Resources Science, West Virginia University
  • Certificate in University Teaching, West Virginia University
  • Certificate in Geographic Information Science, West Virginia University

What are the main focuses of your research, if applicable?
My research focuses on movement of animals across the environment using a variety of genetic tools. My research on undergraduate professional development and how formal classes can increase student efficacy and career confidence.

What specific courses or specialties do you teach, and/or what has drawn you to those specialties?

  • Fisheries and Aquatic Biology
  • Basis of Animal Behavior
  • Wildlife and Conservation Biology
  • Ecology

I am currently developing courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Limnology, and Ichthyology.

These courses are all related to my love for natural resources!

In your opinion, what is the most important piece of advice you give your students to help them succeed? How do you weave this advice into your classroom?

I remind my students to never give up, don’t ever give up. There are always tough days in classroom or life may throw some bumps in the road. Keep going; keep working hard; success will be right around the corner.

Please list a selection of your publications.

  • Wood, D.M., Welsh, A.B., and Petty, J.T. Genetic assignment of brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis reveals rapid success of culvert restoration in headwater streams. North American Journal of Fisheries Management
  • Flaherty, E.A., R.E. Urbanek, D.M. Wood, L.E. D’Acunto, V.S. Quinn, and P.A. Zollner. A Framework for Mentoring Students Attending their First Professional Conference. Natural Science Education
  • In Press- Flaherty, E.A., C.C. Day, R.E. Urbanek, D.M. Wood, Laura E. D’ Acunto, V.S. Quinn, and P.A. Zollner. Mentored Conference Experiences Support Students’ Career Exploration and Professional Development. Wildlife Society Bulletin