Beth Ross

Assistant Professor
Assistant Unit Leader, SC Cooperative Research Unit
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department

Office: Lehotsky 234
Phone: 864-656-4141
Personal Website:


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Wildlife Biology
Utah State University 2014

M.S. Zoology
Colorado State University 2007

M.S. Statistics
Utah State University 2012

B.S. Wildlife Biology
Kansas State University 2004

 Courses Taught

Analysis of Fish and Wildlife Populations, WFB 8610


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.


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:e01323.

Ross, B.E., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. 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, and D.N. Koons. 2015. Combined effects of climate, predation, and density dependence on Greater and Lesser scaup population dynamics. Ecological Applications 25(6):1606-1617.

Ross, B.E., M. Hooten, and D.N. Koons. 2012. An accessible method for implementing hierarchical models with spatio-temporal abundance data. PLoS ONE 7(11). Featured on F1000 Prime

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 Analysis of Long-Term Ecological Monitoring Studies. pp. 443-459.