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Rick Odom

Rick Odom


  • MS Yale University 1983
  • BA Warren Wilson College 1981


I have been involved in the application of geospatial technologies in natural resource management, ecological research, teaching and consulting for almost 30 years. Prior to my work with the Coop Unit, I developed GIS-based forest site and habitat classification models for a large forest products company, consulted with federal land management agencies on the development of enterprise resource databases and helped create two business start-ups utilizing web-based resource analysis tools as key components of their service offerings. I have also manage animal health information systems for the VA Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the past 11 years.

Research Interests

Doctoral project: Assessing potential impacts of climate change to forest ecosystems on military installations in the United States.

Other: Geospatial modeling of forest landscapes at multiple scales; potential impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems; integration of resource management practices with biological conservation objectives.

Research Publications

  • W. Mark Ford , Andrew M. Evans, Richard H. Odom, Jane L. Rodrigue, Christine A. Kelly, Nicole Abaid, Corinne A. Diggins and Douglas Newcomb. 2015. Predictive Habitat Models Derived from Nest-box Occupancy for the Endangered Carolina Northern Flying Squirrel in the Southern Appalachians. Endangered Species Research 27:131-140
  • Ford WM, Kelly CA, Rodrigue JL, Odom RH, Newcomb D, Gilley LM, Diggins CA (2014) Late winter and early spring home range and habitat use of the endangered Carolina northern flying squirrel in western North Carolina. Endang Species Res 23:73-82 Abstract |  Publisher Website | 
  • Campbell, T.A., Laseter, B.R., Ford, W.M., Odom, R.H. and Miller, K.V. 2006. Abiotic Factors Influencing Deer Browsing in West Virginia. North. J. Appl. For. 23(1):20 –26.
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Technical Publications

  • Odom, Richard H., Jr.; McNab, W. Henry. 2000. Using Digital Terrain Modeling to Predict Ecological Types in the Balsam Mountains of Western North Carolina. Res. Note SE-8. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station. 12 p.
  • Odom, Richard H. 1998. Developing a forest land classification system from digital elevation models: methodology, evaluation and application. SoFor GIS ’98: Proceedings of the Southern Forestry Geographic Information Systems Conference, Athens, GA, October 27-29, 1998.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 10

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 72

Presentations: 118


Contact Information

Tel: (434) 960 - 7895


Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  4. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  5. Wildlife Management Institute