Dr. John R. Wood

Dean of Faculty of Natural Sciences, Professor, Biology & Environmental Studies P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8044 F: 780-465-3534
  • PhD Entomology and Aquatic Ecology, University of California - Berkeley, 1988
  • M.Sc. Biology, Central Washington State University, 1977
  • BA Biology, North Park College, 1974

Research Interests

  • Population ecology at urban-rural boundaries
  • Urban natural areas conservation
  • Attitudes toward food insects


  • Looy, Heather and John R. Wood (2015). Imagination, Hospitality, and Affection: The unique legacy of food insects? Invited paper, Animal Frontiers 5 (2): 8 - 13).
  • Looy, H., F.V. Dunkel, J. R. Wood. 2013.  How Then Shall We Eat?  Insect-Eating Attitudes and Sustainable Foodways. Agriculture and Human Values Published on line 02 June 2013, Springer.
  • Steensma, K., D.R. Clements, J. R. Wood, R. Van Dragt and B. Lowe, 2013. Stewarding the gift of land: Christian campuses as land management models. Perspectives in Science and Christian Faith 65(2) (June): 104 – 115.
  • Cook, H. and J.R. Wood 2010. Looking at Nature through Other Eyes: God's Governance of Nature in the Religion-Science Debate. Christian Scholars Review XXXIX (3, Spring): 275 – 290.
  • Wood, J.R. 2009. Environmentalism. Pages 93 - 95, In: A Science and Religion Primer. Heidi A. Campbell and Heather Looy (eds), Baker Academic.
  • Wood, J.R. and G. Strong 2008. A Primer on Climate Change. Faith Today, January/February pages 18 – 22.
  • P. K. Mendez, J. R. Wood, & V. H. Resh 2007. Emergence, fluctuating sex ratios, and protandry in Neophylax rickeri (Trichoptera: Uenoidae), pages 197-202 in Bueno-Soria, J., R. Barba-Álvarez, and B. Armitage (Editors). Proceedings of the XIIth International Symposium on Trichoptera (2006). The Caddis Press. Columbus, Ohio. U.S.A. viii + 372 p.
  • Looy, H. and J.R. Wood. 2006. Attitudes Toward Invertebrates: Are Educational "Bug Banquets" Effective? Journal of Environmental Education 37 (2) (Winter): 37 - 48.
  • Wood, J.R. and S. Bouma-Prediger. 2006. Seeking Shalom, Chpt. 10, In: Living the Good Life on God's Good Earth: A Guide for Small Group Study and Reflection, edited by David Koetje, forthcoming with Faith Alive Christian Resources.
  • Wood, J. R., J. Krenz and T. Boyd-Zhang. 2006. Urban White-tailed Jackrabbits of the Edmonton Region (1992 - 2001). Pages: 103 - 114, In: R. Wein (ed) Coyotes Still Sing in My Valley: Conserving Biodiversity in a Northern City. Spotted Cow Press, Edmonton.
  • Wood, J.R. and K. Tomiyama. 2006. Horsehills Creek: An Urban Stream at the Rural-Urban Fringe. Pages 187 - 198, In: R. Wein (ed) Coyotes Still Sing in My Valley: Conserving Biodiversity in a Northern City. Spotted Cow Press, Edmonton
  • Wood, J.R., M. Bjelland, S. Bouma-Prediger, S. Bratton and J. Curry 2005. Christian Environmentalism: Cosmos, Community, and Place. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith. Vol. 57, Number 1 (March): 1-5.
  • Westworth Environmental Associates 2001. Conserving Edmonton's Natural Areas: A Framework for Conservation Planning in an Urban Landscape. Steering Committee, City of Edmonton
  • Wood, JR. 2001. Biophilia and the Gospel: Loving Nature or Worshipping God? Chapter 8 in Living in the Lamblight: Christianity and Contemporary Challenges to the Gospel. H. Boersma, ed., Regent Press, Vancouver
  • Looy, H. & Wood, J.R. 2000. "My Ant Is Coming to Dinner." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp. 52-56.
  • Spaling, H. and J.R. Wood 1998. Greed, need or creed? Farmland ethics in the rural-urban fringe. Land Use Policy 15 (2): 165-178.
  • Resh, V.H., J.R. Wood, E.A. Bergey, J.W. Feminella, J.K. Jackson, and E.P. McElravy 1997. Biology of Gumaga nigricula (McL.) in a Northern California Stream. Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Trichoptera. R. Hozenthal editor, pages 401-410. Ohio Biological Survey Press.
  • Wood, J.R., E.P. McElravy, and V.H. Resh 1996. Thermal-shock tolerance of three species of aquatic insects in a northern California geothermally influenced stream. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 72 (4): 227-234.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Dean of Faculty of Natural Sciences (current)
  • Director Environmental Studies Program (2001 - 2008)
  • CUESN (Canadian University Environmental Science Network) Executive (2006-2012)
  • Academic Dean, The AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies (2006-2011)