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Dr. Beth Ross

Beth Ross


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


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. 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.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Spatial Ecology and Conservation (2019)
  • Analysis of Fish and Wildlife Populations (2019)
  • Spatial Ecology and Conservation (2017)
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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 RossSearch committee for Dept. chair (October 2018 - October 2019)
  • Beth RossFisheries Ecologist Search Committee (January 2017 - April 2017)

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 25

Presentations: 82

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