Director of Environment Program & Professor
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1986; M.A., CSU Fullerton, 1981; B.A., CSU Fullerton, 1977
Dr. Hood joined the Department of Biological Sciences in 1986 and was a founding faculty member of the Environment Program in 1990. His research focuses on ecology and evolutionary biology using video-based image analysis and multivariate statistics. Dr. Hood's recent work examines geographic variation and evolution in vertebrates; spatial ecology of wetland plants; and conservation biology of mammals. Dr. Hood's expertise is in concepts of evolution, ecology, and the relationship between form and function in plants and animals. In 2004, he conducted the first mammal biodiversity survey of the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, documenting nearly 30 species of resident mammals (bats, rodents, rabbits, carnivores, and deer). Those studies established a baseline of species diversity, population abundance and use of major forest, swamp and marsh habitats of the park. Post-Katrina, a second study updated the status of the park's species and started a longterm monitoring program.