Profile of Dr. James McGraw
West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6057
Morgantown, WV 26506-6057
Phone: (304) 293-5201 x 31532
Current position: Professor of Biology, West Virginia University
Education: Ph.D. Dept. Botany, Duke University, 1981
Dr. McGraw’s research focuses on conservation biology, invasive species, and remote sensing of plant populations. His studies investigate the potential ecological impact of invasive species on natural ecosystems and the services they provide. He also studies rare species that are harvested from the wild, such as ginseng and goldenseal. Dr. McGraw is interested in explicitly linking management of these plants with scientific knowledge of the effects of harvesting. His interests in remote sensing and conservation biology have converged with a study of endangered Hawaiian silverswords growing on the Haleakala volcano in Maui, Hawaii. He has served on panels at the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, as an advisor to the US Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service, and as grant reviewer for four national agencies.