William McShea

Photo of William McShea Research Wildlife Ecologist
Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, 1500 Remount Rd
Front Royal, Virginia 22630
Email: mcsheaw@si.edu
Phone: 540-635-6563

Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

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

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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.


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

Ongoing and Recent CESU Projects

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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