Beth Ross, Ph.D.

Beth's research broadly focuses on understanding the drivers of population demography and community dynamics. She uses statistical models, primarily in a Bayesian framework, to determine how global change impacts species or communities.


Ultimately, her goal is to provide a strong scientific foundation for management and conservation actions that explicitly incorporate key population and community drivers.

Only Beth's most recent publication is shown here. For more information about Beth, including a full publications list, visit her profile page on the South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit web site.
Beth also can be reached at her Clemson University email


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

Research Interests

Broadly, Beth's 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 her career, her 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 her research is grounded in theory related to population and community dynamics with a strong quantitative focus, the outcomes of her research are focused on the application of scientific knowledge to better guide management and conservation decisions.

Beth's 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.