James D. Wilson is a new instructor of biology at William Woods University. He had been an adjunct professor at WWU since retiring from the Missouri Department of Conversation, where he was an ornithologist from 1977 to 2001.
An artist, Wilson also exhibited 25 pieces of his original artwork of birds at WWU’s Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts in 2001.
A resident of Jefferson City, he received a B.S. in animal science, a B.S. in zoology and an M.S. in animal ecology from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
His past teaching experience includes instructor and teaching assistant at Iowa State University and instructor at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa.
As a specialist in ornithology (the study of birds) for the Missouri Department of Conversation in Jefferson City, he served as a liaison with citizens groups, presented information to the public via presentations and coordinated the restoration of rare species.
Wilson is the author of “Common Birds of North America: Midwest Edition,” which was published in 2001. Another of his books, “the Atlas of the Breeding Birds in Missouri,” was published in 1992 with the Missouri Department of Conversation. His artwork was also used in the department’s leaflets, brochures and articles.
“I wish to re-embark on a career of sharing my fascination with biology with others and assisting students in planning their education and preparing for their careers,” Wilson said of his new career in teaching.