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Dr. Beth Ross

Beth Ross

Education

  • Ph D Utah State University 2014
  • MS Utah State University 2012
  • MS Colorado State University 2007
  • BS Kansas State University 2004

Biography

My research broadly focuses on understanding the drivers of population demography and community dynamics. I use statistical models, primarily in a Bayesian framework, to determine how global change impacts species or communities. Ultimately, my goal is to provide a strong scientific foundation for management and conservation actions that explicitly incorporate key population and community drivers.

Research Interests

Broadly, my research focuses on quantifying population and community dynamics in relation to ecological stressors (e.g., climate change, predation) to understand ecological questions that will aid in management actions. Throughout my career, my main research focus has been applying Bayesian statistical techniques to generate knowledge about important population metrics, and subsequently how these metrics influence management decisions given forecasted landscape and climate change scenarios. While my research is grounded in theory related to population and community dynamics with a strong quantitative focus, the outcomes of my research are focused on the application of scientific knowledge to better guide management and conservation decisions.

My lab currently has research projects studying songbird diversity across a range of habitat management regimes, the effects of global change on Lesser Prairie-Chickens, and population drivers of Lesser and Greater Scaup.

Research Publications

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2016.03.003
  • 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
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Current Projects

Courses

  • Spatial Ecology and Conservation (2017)
  • Analysis of Fish and Wildlife Populations (2017)

South Carolina Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Beth RossPanel Member, Climate Change and Cross-Seasonal Research Priorities for Migratory Birds, TWS Conference (October 2016 - October 2016)

South Carolina University Committees and Workgroups

  • Beth RossFisheries Ecologist Search Committee (January 2017 - April 2017)
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 11

Scientific Publications: 37

Presentations: 141

 

Contact Information

Tel: (864) 656 - 4141 Personal Web Site: http://brosslab.weebly.com/

Current Students

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