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EDUCATION
          

Ph.D. Wildlife Biology, Utah State University (USU). 2014.  Dissertation Title: Assessing Changes in the Continental Lesser Scaup Population.  Advisor: David Koons. 

M.S. Statistics, USU.  2012.  Thesis Title: Assessing Changes in the Abundance of the Continental Population of Scaup Using a Hierarchical Spatio-Temporal Model.  Advisor: Mevin Hooten.

M.S. Zoology, Colorado State University (CSU) 2007.  Thesis title: The effect of habitat shape on movement of Ord’s kangaroo rat.  Advisor: Bruce Wunder.

B.S., Wildlife Biology, Kansas State University (KSU) 2004.  Thesis title:  Effects of prairie vole runways on tallgrass prairie.  Advisors: Donald Kaufman, Aaron Reed.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


2013–        Postdoctoral Research Associate, KSU Wildlife and Fisheries Coop Unit

2008–13    Graduate Research Assistant, USU Department of Wildland Resources

2009, 10    Graduate Teaching Assistant, USU Department of Wildland Resources

2007          Graduate Teaching Assistant, CSU Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
2006          Graduate Research Assistant, Shortgrass Steppe LTER, Fort Collins, CO
2004–06    Graduate Teaching Assistant, CSU Department of Biology
2003          Summer research student, National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates, Konza Prairie Biological Station, Manhattan, KS

Publications
Ross, B.E., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. Accepted pending major revision. The relative contribution of climate to changes in lesser prairie-chicken abundance. Ecosphere.

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. (link; supplement)

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). (link)

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. (pdf)

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.

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.

In Preparation

Ross, B.E., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. Using integrated population models to quantify the effects of climate variation on life stages of lesser prairie-chickens.

Ross, B.E. and D.N. Koons.  Using occupancy models to examine changes in pairing propensities and population dynamics across space and time: illustration with an imperiled scaup population. 

Ross, B.E., M. Hooten, and D.N. Koons. A novel technique for accounting for species relatedness in community studies.

Grants     Total of $93,811
2013          Travel grant from Wildlife Society Biometrics Working Group, USU. $670
2013          Travel grant from Center for Women and Gender studies, USU. $500
2009, 10    Travel grant from Graduate Student Senate, USU.  $300
2008          Delta Waterfowl Foundation, 2008-2011.  D.N. Koons and B.E. Ross.  Continental        
                    population dynamics of lesser scaup.  $20,000/year

2006          Travel grant from Department of Biology, CSU.  $400
2005          Colorado Wildlife Conservation Grant, CO Division of Wildlife.  B.E. Ross.  Habitat use,                           survivorship, and mortality causes of Ord’s kangaroo rats (Dipodomys ordii) in disturbed and                     fragmented habitats.  $11,821
2005          Travel grant from Department of Biology, CSU. $500

Awards & Honors


2009          Dr. John A. Kadlec Memorial Scholarship, USU

2004          Undergraduate Student Research Award, American Society of Mammalogists

2000-04     Youth Foundation Scholarship Recipient

2000          Kansas State University Foundation Scholar

Teaching

KSU, Division of Biology

·         Lead Instructor, Foundations of Bayesian Statistics for Ecologists (graduate course) Fall 2014


USU, Department of Wildland Resources

·         Teaching Assistant, Animal Population Ecology (graduate course) Fall 2009, 2010

 

CSU, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

·         Teaching Assistant, Wildlife Data Collection and Analysis (capstone undergraduate course) Spring 2007

 

CSU, Department of Biology

·         Lab Instructor, Mammalogy (undergraduate) Fall 2004, 2005, 2006

·         Lab Instructor, Biology of Organisms (undergraduate) Spring 2005, 2006

 

KSU, Division of Biology

·         Undergraduate teaching practicum, Mammalogy (undergraduate) Fall 2002, 2003

 Invited Seminars

2012          Understanding the Decline of Lesser Scaup.  Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference.


2011          Occupancy Modeling for Presence-Absence Data.  USU Graduate Course: WILD 6400, Ecology of Animal Populations.

2011          Techniques to Sample Vertebrates.  USU Undergraduate Course: WILD 4750, Monitoring and Assessment in Natural Resource and Environmental Management.

2011          Becoming a Graduate Student.  USU Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

2010          Techniques to Sample Vertebrates.  USU Undergraduate Course: WILD 4750, Monitoring and Assessment in Natural Resource and Environmental Management.

2010          Becoming a Graduate Student.  USU Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

Presentations

Ross, B.E., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. July 2014. The relative influence of drought and habitat loss on lesser prairie-chickens. North America Congress for Conservation Biology. Missoula, Montana.

Ross, B.E., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. January 2014. Changes in lesser prairie-chicken abundance in Kansas. Kansas Natural Resources Conference. Wichita, Kansas.

Ross, B.E., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. January 2014. Changes in lesser prairie-chicken abundance in Kansas. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Kansas City, Missouri.

Ross, B.E., M.B. Hooten, J.M. DeVink, and D.N. Koons.  January 2013.  How biotic and abiotic factors affect spatio-temporal population dynamics of scaup.  Ecology and Conservation of North American Waterfowl.  Memphis, Tennessee.

Ross, B.E., M.B. Hooten, and D.N. Koons.  October 2010.  Analysis of spatio-temporal dynamics in scaup.  The Wildlife Society.  Snowbird, Utah.

Ross, B.E., M.B. Hooten, and D.N. Koons.  August 2009.  Analysis of spatio-temporal dynamics in abundance of Lesser Scaup.  5th North American Duck Symposium.  Toronto, Canada.

Koons, D.N., and B.E. Ross. August 2009. Changes in habitat occupancy and pairing probabilities of the declining continental population of scaup. 5th North American Duck Symposium.  Toronto, Canada.

Ross, B.E., M.B. Hooten, C.K. Wikle, and D.N. Koons. April 2009. Analysis of spatio-temporal dynamics in abundance of scaup. U.S. Chapter, International Association of Landscape Ecologists. Snowbird, UT.

Ross, B.E. and D.N. Koons.  March 2009.  Changes in habitat occupancy and breeding probabilities of a declining continental population of scaup in relation to spatial and environmental factors.  Pan-European Duck Symposium, Arles, France.

Ross, B.E.  June 2004.  The effects of prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster) runways on tallgrass prairie. American Society of Mammalogists, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California.

Ross, B.E., A.W. Reed, R.L. Rehmeier, G.A. Kaufman, and D.W. Kaufman.  Sept. 2003.  The effects of prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster) runways on tallgrass prairie.  Central Plains Society of Mammalogists, Bull Shoals Field Station, Missouri.

Ross, B.E.  July 2003.  The effects of prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster) runways on tallgrass prairie. REU symposium, Division of Biology, Kansas State.

Mentoring
     

            Heather Franklin, Undergraduate research project.  CSU, 2006.

Professional Membership

Ecological Society of America

The Wildlife Society