Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: South Carolina
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

South Carolina Staff Member


Dr. Beth Ross

Beth Ross

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (864) 656 - 4141
Email: bross5@clemson.edu
Personal website

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 Interest

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 Publication Date
Schindler, A.R., D.A. Haukos, C.A. Hagen, B.E. Ross. 2020. A decision-support tool to prioritize candidate landscapes for lesser prairie-chicken conservation. Landscape Ecology 35:1417-1434. 2020-12-31
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 2012-12-31
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 2015-07-31
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. 2018-02-28
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 2016-03-31
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. 2018-04-30
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. 2019-05-31
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. 2007-12-31
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 2016-06-30
Plumpton, H.M., S.G. Gilliland, and B.E. Ross. 2020. Geographic differences in the winter movements of the Atlantic population of Black Scoters. Submitted to Avian Conservation and Ecology. https://doi.org/10.5751/ACE-01654-150206 2020-08-31
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. 2006-12-31
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. 2012-12-31
Dertien, J., S. Self, R. Baldwin, B. Ross, and K. Barrett. 2020. Spatial variability of biodiversity and wetland density in the conterminous United States. PLoS ONE 15:e0232052. 2020-05-31
Bodinof Jachowski, C.M., B.E. Ross, and W.A. Hopkins. Evaluating artificial shelter arrays as a minimally invasive monitoring tool for the hellbender, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis. Endangered Species Research. 2020-12-31
Name Degree Program Status Completion Date
Adams, Mike Master's Active
Ostroski, Janelle Master's Active
Thistle, Mikayla Master's Active
Schindler, Alexander Master's Completed Program 2019-05-01
Wood, Jesse Master's Completed Program 2018-12-31
Plumpton, Hannah Master's Completed Program 2018-05-15
Presentations Presentation Date
Wood, J.M., A.K. Tegeler, and B.E. Ross. July 2018. The effects of US Farm Bill cost-share conservation practices and private lands management on avian communities in South Carolina, USA. North American Congress for Conservation Biology. Toronto, Ontario, CA. 2018-07-22
Wood, J.M., A.K. Tegeler, B.E. Ross. September 2017. Quantifying the effects of Farm Bill cost-share conservation practices on avian species on private lands in South Carolina. 24th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society. Albuquerque, New Mexico. 2017-09-24
Thistle, M.R., Dozier, J., McAlister, M.A., and B.E. Ross. 2020. Habitat selection and breeding ecology of Bachman’s Sparrow in a wiregrass-free ecosystem. The Wildlife Society Conference, Louisville, Kentucky. <i>Poster</i> 2020-09-29
Thistle, M.R., Dozier, J., McAlister, M.A., and B.E. Ross. 2020. Habitat selection and breeding ecology of Bachman’s Sparrow in a wiregrass-free ecosystem. North American Ornithological Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2020-08-12
Sullins, D.S., B.E. Ross, and D.A. Haukos. 2018. Influence of individual heterogeneity on lesser prairie-chicken population persistence. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Cleveland, Ohio. 2018-10-08
Shurba, JA, EM Miller, J Merendino, BA Bauer, RM Kaminski, BE Ross, and EP Wiggers. Southeastern regional examination of box-nesting wood ducks: a 2019 pilot study at Lake Moultrie, South Carolina. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Hilton Head, SC. 2019-10-29
Schindler, A., B.E. Ross, and D.A. Haukos. 2018. A multi-species approach to managing the effects of weather and land cover on upland game birds. 2018-02-09
Schindler, A and B.E. Ross. 2019. The use of decision-support software to select candidate areas for lesser prairie-chicken conservation. US-IALE. Fort Collins, Colorado. 2019-04-08
Ross, B.E., N. Masto, R. Kaminski, J. Dozier, M. McAlister, and J. Woods. 2019. Integrating counts from aerial and ground surveys to estimate densities of waterfowl. SEAFWA, Hilton Head, SC. 2019-10-28
Ross, B.E., N. Masto, R. Kaminski, J. Dozier, M. McAlister, and J. Woods. 2019. Integrating counts from aerial and ground surveys to estimate densities of waterfowl. North American Duck Symposium. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 2019-08-27
Ross, B.E., N. Masto, C. Roy, R. Kaminski, J. Dozier, M. McAlister, and J. Woods. 2019. Integrating counts from aerial and ground surveys to estimate densities of waterfowl. The Wildlife Society, Louisville, KY 2020-09-28
Ross, B.E., M.B. Hooten, and D.N. Koons. 2017. Evaluating the inference from dynamic occupancy models relative to population abundance. American Ornithology 2017, Michigan. 2017-07-31
Ross, B.E., M. Schaub, T.W. Arnold, M.D. Weegman, J.M. Warren, C.A. Nicolai, R.G. Clark, D.N. Koons. 2016. Using integrated population models to examine drivers of avian population dynamics in changing environments. 6th North American Ornithological Conference, Washington, D.C., 16-20 August 2016. 2016-08-17
Ross, B.E., D.S. Sullins, and D.A. Haukos. 2018. Using an individual-based model to assess monitoring for lesser prairie-chicken population growth rates. International Grouse Symposium, Logan, Utah. 2018-09-25
Ross, B.E., D.S. Sullins, and D.A. Haukos. 2018. Using an individual-based model to assess monitoring for lesser prairie-chicken population growth rates. 2018-02-09
Ross, B.E., D.A. Haukos, and P. Walther. 2017. Quantifying changes and drivers of mottled duck density in Texas. 24th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society 2017-09-24
Ross, B.E., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. 2016. Combining multiple data sources to determine drought and land-use impacts on Lesser Prairie-Chickens. 6th North American Ornithological Conference, Washington, D.C. 16-20 August 2016. 2016-08-17
Ross, B.E., C. Brady, S. Felege, and A. Mini. 2019. Effective networking strategies for hunter and non-hunters. North American Duck Symposium, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 2019-08-27
Ross, B.E. and M. Weegman. 2018. Quantifying the power to detect trends in vital rates using integrated population models. International Statistical Ecology Conference, St. Andrews, Scotland. 2018-07-03
Ross, B.E. and J.M. Wood. 2020. Data integration for autonomous recording units and traditional point-count sampling. NAOC, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2020-08-12
Ross, B.E. and J.M. Wood. 2018. Optimal sampling designs for autonomous recording units and traditional point-count sampling. The Wildlife Society, Cleveland, Ohio. 2018-10-09
Plumpton, H.M., E. Silverman, B.E. Ross. 2017. Annual factors affecting the distribution for wintering Black Scoters. 6th International Sea Duck Conference 2017-02-07
Plumpton, H., S.G. Gililand, and B.E. Ross. 2019. Geographic differences in the wintering sites of the Atlantic population of black scoters. The North American Duck Symposium. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 2019-08-27
Plumpton, H. M., E. D. Silverman, B. E. Ross. August 26-30, 2019. Black Scoter Habitat Use along the Southeastern Coast of the United States. The North American Duck Symposium. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 2019-08-27
Plumpton, H. M., E. D. Silverman, B. E. Ross. 2017. Annual Factors Influencing the Wintering Distribution of Black Scoters in the South Atlantic. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting. Albuquerque, New Mexico. 2017-09-24
Ostroski, J., J. Cantrell, C. Ruth, and B.E. Ross. 2020. Assessing wild turkey occupancy using autonomous recording units and package monitoR. The Wildlife Society, Louisville, Kentucky. 2020-09-29
Ostroski, J., Cantrell, J., Charles, R., & B.E. Ross. (2020, August). Assessing wild turkey occupancy using autonomous recording units and the package monitoR. North American Ornithological Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2020-08-12
Masto, NM, RM Kaminski, MR Kneece, P Gerard, K Barrett, and BE Ross. 2019. Evaluation of aerial surveys to monitor waterbird population in South Carolina. SEAFWA. 2019-10-28
Masto, N.M., R.M. Kaminski, B.E. Ross, M.R. Kneece, P. Gerard, and K. Barrett. 2019. Modeling double-observer aerial count data to estimate detection, abundance, and habitat relationships of waterfowl wintering in South Carolina. North American Duck Symposium, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA 2019-08-27
Masto, N.M., R.M. Kaminski, B.E. Ross, M.R. Kneece, P. Gerard, and K. Barrett. 2019. Aerial strip-transect surveys for monitoring fall-winter waterfowl abundance and distribution in South Carolina. North American Duck Symposium. Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA. 2019-08-27
Masto, N.M., M.R. Kneece, R.M. Kaminski, B.E. Ross, A.T. Pearse, P. Gerard, K. Barrett. 2017. Aerial strip-transect surveys of waterfowl and waterbirds in South Carolina: summary and revisions of the 2016-2017 surveys 2017-10-28
Malanchuk, J.B., and D. Haukos. 2020. Survival, recovery, and translocation of temperate-breeding Kansas-banded Canada geese. Kansas Natural Resource Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. 2020-01-31
Malanchuk, J., T. Bidrowski, and D. Haukos. 2020. Survival, recovery, and translocation of Kansas-banded Canada geese. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Louisville, Kentucky. 2020-09-30
Malanchuk, J., D. Haukos, and T. Bidrowski. 2019. Population status and vital rates of temperate-breeding Canada geese in Kansas. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Reno, Nevada. 2019-09-30
M. Kneece, R. M. Kaminski, B. E. Ross, A. T. Pearse, and N. M. Masto. 2017. Aerial Line-Transect Surveys for South Carolina Waterbirds Take Flight. Annual Report for James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center. 2017-05-12
Lawson, A. J., C. T. Moore, B. E. Ross, and P. G. R. Jodice. 2018. Synthesizing multiple data streams to estimate abundance and detection probability in a highly wary, long-lived apex predator: an integrated modeling approach. The Wildlife Society 25th Annual Conference, 7-11 October 2018, Cleveland, OH. 2018-10-08
Kemink, K., L. Webb and B. Ross. Why we need more women in STEM leadership roles: innovations to overcome obstacles and identify solutions. North American Duck Symposium, Winnipeg, MB, August 26-30, 2019. 2019-08-28
J. A. Shurba, E. M. Miller, R. M. Kaminski, B. A. Bauer, E. P. Wiggers, P. Schmidt, G. R. Hepp, B. E. Ross, and K. J. Whitehead. 2020. Regional examination of the contribution of nest boxes to wood duck recruitment in the Southeastern United States. South Carolina TWS. 2020-10-20
Godar, A.J., C.P. Griffin, B.A. Grisham, D.A. Haukos, S.R. Fritts, B.E. Ross, C.W. Boal, C.A. Hagen, M.A. Patten, and J.C. Pitman. 2017. Combining weather data and climate projections: a case study with Lesser Prairie-Chickens. Annual meeting of the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Lincoln, NE. 2017-02-07
Godar, A.J., B.A. Grisham, B.E. Ross, C.W. Boal, S.R. Fritts, C.P. Griffin, C.A. Hagen, D.A. Haukos, M.A. Patten, and J.C. Pitman. 2016. Rangewide assessment of the influence of climate change on lesser prairie-chicken population persistence. North American Ornithological Congress, Washington, D.C. 2016-08-17
Froehly, J.L., A. Tegeler, B. Ross, C. Jachowski, P. Jodice, and D.S. Jachowski. 2017. Loggerhead shrike occupancy in South Carolina. American Ornithology Society, Lansing, Michigan. 2017-08-01
Dolan, S., R. Reid, B. E. Ross, and A. Woodward. 2020. Establishing a photographic monitoring protocol for the endangered Rock Gnome Lichen to assess population stability. Botany 2020: Annual Meeting of the Botanical Society of America in Anchorage, AK, USA. <i>Poster</i>. 2020-07-28
Adams, M., Tegeler, A., Hook, M., Small, M., & Ross, B.E. (2020). <i>Effects of forest management on early-successional avian species in South Carolina</i>. The Wildlife Society. 2020-09-29
A.J. Godar, B.A. Grisham, B.E. Ross, C.W. Boal, D. Greene, C.P. Griffin, C.A. Hagen, D.A. Haukos, M.A. Patten, and J.C. Pitman. 2018. Rangewide lesser prairie-chicken population persistence with climate change. International Grouse Symposium, Logan, Utah. 2018-09-24