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Dr. Beth Ross

Research Publications

  • Ross, B.E., D. Sullins, and D. Haukos. Using an individual-based model to assess common biases in lek-based count data to estimate population trajectories of lesser prairie-chickens.
  • Ross, B.E., D.A. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. 2018. Combining multiple sources of data to inform conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chicken populations. Auk 135:228-239.
  • Ross, B.E., D.A. Haukos, and P.T. Walther. 2018. Quantifying changes and drivers of mottled duck density in Texas. Journal of Wildlife Management 82:374–382.
  • Ross, B. E., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. 2016. The relative contribution of climate to changes in lesser prairie- chicken abundance. Ecosphere 7(6):e01323. doi: 10.1002/ecs2.1323
  • Ross, B.E., D.A. Haukos, C.A. Hagen, and J.C. Pitman. 2016. Landscape composition creates a threshold influencing lesser prairie-chicken population resilience to extreme drought. Global Ecology and Conservation 6:179-188.
  • Ross, B.E., M. Hooten, J.M. DeVink, D.N. Koons. 2015. Combined effects of climate, predation, and density dependence on Greater and Lesser scaup population dynamics. Ecological Applications 25:1606-1617. DOI: 10.1890/14-0582.1
  • Hooten, M.B., B.E. Ross, and C.K. Wikle. 2012. Optimal spatio-temporal monitoring designs for characterizing population trends. Gitzen, R.A., J.J. Millspaugh, A.B. Cooper, and D.S. Licht (eds.). In: Design and Analaysis of Long-term Ecological Monitoring Studies. pp. 443-459.
  • Ross, B.E., M. Hooten, and D.N. Koons. 2012. An accessible method for implementing hierarchcial models with spatio-temporal abundance data. PLoS ONE 7
  • Ross, B.E., A.W. Reed, R.L. Rehmeier, G.A. Kaufman, and D.W. Kaufman. 2007. Effects of prairie vole runways on tallgrass prairie. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 110:100-106.
  • Lauenroth, W.K., A.A. Wade, M.A. Williamson, B.E. Ross, S. Kumar, and D.P. Cariveau. 2006. Uncertainty in calculations of net primary production in grasslands. Ecosystems 9:842-851.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 14

Scientific Publications: 22

Presentations: 74


Contact Us

South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Clemson, SC 29634 Phone: (864) 656 - 0168 Fax: (864) 656 - 3304

Unit Leader

Patrick Jodice
Patrick Jodice at Exumas Land and Sea Park, Bahamas

My research is focused on three primary areas: (1) breeding and foraging ecology of seabirds and shorebirds, (2) wildlife conservation physiology, and (3) wildlife ecology in urban and natural systems. I have conducted research and monitoring programs in a variety of marine and terrestrial ecosystems and have studied both avian and mammalian populations. All of my research has been driven by management and conservation issues, although the results are often of both an applied and basic nature.

My current and prior work has emphasized wildlife conservation with emphases in marine ornithology, avian ecology, reproductive energetics, foraging ecology, survey design and methodology, and urban ecology.


  1. Clemson University

South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Clemson University
  2. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute