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Dr. Joe Caudell

Dr. Joe catching snakes in the Badlands. 

Dr. Joe Caudell is an Assistant Professor for the Wildlife Biology Program in the Biology Department here at Murray State University since 2013.  Dr. Joe earned his B.S.F.R. in Wildlife Management from the University of Georgia in 1998 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Utah State University in 2001.  Dr. Joe has a diverse background in wildlife management and research that includes studying the foraging behavior of suburban deer in South Carolina, the ecology of brown tree snakes in Australia, eared grebe management in Utah; working with and managing a variety of wildlife disease across the U.S.; managing wildlife damage; and teaching environmental education with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. He has lived and worked in Indiana, Georgia, Texas, Australia, Michigan, Maine, Utah, Nevada and now Kentucky.    

From 2005 - 2013, Dr. Caudell was the Wildlife Disease Biologist for the Indiana USDA APHIS Wildlife Services Program. Dr. Caudell worked closely with the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife to conduct disease surveillance on and manage feral swine in southern Indiana. Other projects included conducting surveillance for bovine tuberculosis in peridomestic mammals in southeast Indiana, assisting with chronic wasting disease surveillance in wild white-tailed deer in Minnesota, investigating a pneumonia outbreak in bighorn sheep in Washington State, and assisting with highly pathogenic avian influenza surveillance in wild birds in China. Dr. Caudell was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Purdue University where he taught their Wildlife Disease Management course for the Department of Forest Resources.

After almost 20 years of experience in the wildlife management and environmental education field, Dr. Joe is now here at Murray State University to teach various classes and conduct research for the Wildlife Biology Program.  Some of the course Dr. Joe teaches include Wildlife Management, Wildlife Techniques, Wildlife Policy, and Ornithology, with more coming soon.  Some of Dr. Joe’s research interests include examining the cost effectiveness of wildlife management techniques, environmental education methodology, wound ballistics of ammunition and remote darting equipment, and wildlife disease surveillance.

If you are interested in Dr. Joe’s research; the Wildlife Biology Program here at Murray State University; or what it is like working as a Wildlife Biologist and Environmental Educator, you can contact him at his office at 270-809-6355 or via email at

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