Jonathan C. Hall: Director, Assistant Professor of Geography


Dr. Hall is a wildlife ecologist by training with a broad interest in wildlife conservation, human/wildlife interaction, environmental justice, and species movement ecology. He founded the Wilderness Geography Lab (previously the Conservation Geography Lab) in 2014 in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University. The lab currently conducts research in West Virginia, California, Yellowstone National Park, and Rajasthan India. Dr. Hall holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the Ohio State University and a B.S. in Biology from Morehouse College.

CV: Jonathan C. Hall

Megan Davenport: PhD Student, WVU Graduate Provost Fellow


Megan’s research involves the restoration of buffalo on tribal lands through the ongoing work of the Intertribal Buffalo Council. Meg is interested in the intersection of settler colonialism, indigenous geographies, and food soverignty as it relates to Native/Indigenous resistance to ongoing settler colonial genocide. She is currently based in South Dakota where she the Technical Services Department Head and Wildlife Biologist for the Intertribal Buffalo Council.

Darren Gross: MA Student, Graduate Research Assistant


Darren’s work involves the relationship between wildfires in California and condor movement ecology in southern and central California. He has several years experience working with raptors, including condors, and is currently working as a field biologist for the Ventana Wildlife Society while finishing his degree.

Grace Townsend, MA

Grace is interested in land use, environmental policy, wild foods, and wilderness ecologies. She is currently developing her thesis project.

Lab Alumni

Evan McWreath, MA

Evan recently completed his Master’s degree where he focused on the relationship between lead exposure in condors and landscape characteristics. Evan’s work demonstrated the relationship between high blood lead concentrations in condors and their ground foraging activity on lands that are not regulated for the use of non-lead ammunition. His work suggests that land management practices that limit the exposure of condors to spent lead ammunition likely has a positive impact on reducing the levels of lead exposure in condors.