Olin E. Rhodes, Jr.
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
P O Drawer E, Aiken, SC 29802
(803) 725-8191 office
(803) 725-3309 fax
My research interests focus on wildlife ecology and genetics, including studies of the genetic consequences of species reintroduction programs, the application of genetic tools for addressing issues in wildlife management, conservation, and disease ecology, the use of genetic markers to elucidate mating systems, movement behavior, and population structure of wildlife species, and sustainability of wildlife species in human-dominated landscapes with an emphasis on the resolution of human-wildlife conflicts.
- DeWoody, J.A., J.W. Bickham, C.H. Michler, K.M. Nichols, O.E. Rhodes, Jr., and K.E. Woeste. 2010. Molecular Approaches to Natural Resource Conservation. University of Cambridge Press, New York. 374pp.
Kimble, S.J.A., O.E. Rhodes, Jr. and R.N. Williams. 2014.
Relatedness and other finescale population genetics in the threatened eastern
box turtle (Testudines: Terrapene Carolina)across a gradient of habitat
fragmentation. Conservation Genetics (In Press).
Hapeman, P., E.K. Latch, O.E. Rhodes, Jr. and C.W.
Kilpatrick. 2014. When recent and evolutionary histories meet:
Deciphering temporal events from contemporary patterns of mtDNA from fishers (Martes
pennanti) in northeastern North America. Journal of Zoology,
Systematics and Evolutionary Research (In Press).
Beasley, J.C., S.C. Webster, O.E. Rhodes, Jr. and F.L.
Cunningham. 2014. Evaluation of Rhodamine B as a biomarker for
assessing bait acceptance in feral pigs. Wildlife Society Bulletin
- Abernathy, E.F.,
K.L. Turner, J.C. Beasley, T.L. DeVault, W.C. Pitt and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2014.
Impacts of invasive species on ecosystem energy flow on the big island of
Hawai’i: Excuse me but are you going to eat that cane toad? Proceedings
of the 26th Annual Vertebrate Pest Conference. (In Press).
Beatty, W.S., J.C. Beasley and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2014.
Analysis of space and resource use by a generalist mesopredator near its
historical range boundry. Journal of Mammalogy 92:41-48.
Tan, C.G., G. Dharmarajan, J.C. Beasley, O.E. Rhodes,
Jr., G. Moore, C.C. Wu, and T.L. Lin. 2014. Neglected leptospirosis in
raccoons (Procyon lotor) in Indiana, USA. Veterinary Quarterly.
Kimble, S.J.A., O.E. Rhodes, Jr. and R.N. Williams. 2014.
Unexpectedly low rangewide population genetic structure of the imperiled
eastern box turtle Terrapene c. carolina (Linn.). PLoS
ONE 9(3): e92274. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092274
Latch, E.K., D.M. Reding, J.R. Heffelfinger, C.H.
Alcalá-Galván and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2014. Range-wide analysis of
genetic structure in mule deer: The importance of historical biogeography. Molecular
Anderson, A., S. Shwiff, R. Chipman, T. Atwood, T.
Cozzens, F. Fillo, R. Hale, J. Maki., O. Rhodes, Jr., E. Rees, R. Tinline, K.
VerCauteren, and D. Slate. 2014. Forecasting the Spread of Raccoon
Rabies Using a Purpose-Specific Group Decision-Making Process. Human
Wildlife Interactions/i> 8:130-138<.
Dharmarajan, G., J. C. Beasley, J. A. Fike, and O. E.
Rhodes, Jr. 2014. The effects of behavior, demography, and the
landscape on kin-structure: Testing ecological predictions in a mesopredator
with high dispersal capability. Animal Conservation 17:225-234.
Dharmarajan, G., W.S. Beatty and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2013.
Heterozygote deficiencies caused by a Wahlund effect: dispelling unfounded
expectations. Journal of Wildlife Management 77:226-234.
Beasley, J. C., Z. H. Olson, W. S. Beatty, G.
Dharmarajan, and O. E. Rhodes, Jr. 2013.Effects of culling on raccoon
population dynamics. PLos One 8:1-9.
Smyser, T.J., S.A. Johnson, L.K. Page, C.M. Hudson,
and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2013. Experimental translocation of an imperiled
rodent: Response of Allegheny woodrats to Baylisascaris procyonis
mitigation and genetic rescue. Conservation Biology 27:752-762.
Fike, J.A., C.A. Hennessy, M.L. Kennedy, and
O.E.Rhodes, Jr. 2013. Eleven microsatellite markers for the gray
squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) and their utility in fox squirrels (Sciurus
niger) and red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus). Molecular
Ecol. Resources 5:679-681.
Smyser, T.J., L.K. Page, S.A. Johnson, , C.M. Hudson,
K. Kellner, R.K. Swihart and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2013. Management of
raccoon roundworm in free-ranging raccoon populations via anthelmintic
baiting. Journal of Wildlife Mangement 77:1372-1379.
Beasley, J.C., Eagan, T.S., II, K. Page, C.A. Hennessy
and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2013. Baylisascaris procyonis infection in
white-footed mice: Predicting patterns of infection from landscape
attributes. Journal of Parasitology 99:743-747.
Unger, S.D., O. E. Rhodes, Jr., T. Sutton, and R.N.
Williams. 2013. Population genetics of a cryptic, lotic species, the
easter hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis), across
multiple spatial scales. PLos One 8(10): e74180. doi:10.1371.
Olson, Z. H., D. G. Whittaker, and O. E. Rhodes, Jr. 2013.
Translocation history and genetic diversity in reintroduced bighorn sheep. Journal
of Wildlife Management 77:1553-1563.
Kie, J., B.K. Johnson, J.H. Noyes, C.L. Williams, B.L.
Dicks, O.E. Rhodes, Jr., R.J. Stussy, and R.T. Bowyer. 2013.
Reproduction in North American elk Cervus elaphus: Paternity of calves sired
by males of mixed-age classes. Wildlife Biology 19:302:310.
Beatty, W.S., J.C. Beasley, G. Dharmarajan, and O.E.
Rhodes, Jr. 2012. Didelphis virginiana) population inhabiting a
fragmented agricultural ecosystem. Canadian Journal of Zoology
Latch, E.K., E.M. Kierepka, J.R. Heffelfinger, and
O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2012. Hybrid swarm between divergent lineages of mule
deer (Odocoileus hemionus). Molecular Ecology 20:5265-5279.
Olson, Z.H., D.G. Whittaker, and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2012.
Evaluation of experimental genetic management in reintroduced bighorn sheep. Ecology
and Evolution. 2:429-443.
Smyser, T.J., S.A. Johnson, K.L. Page, and O.E. Rhodes,
Jr. 2012. Synergistic Stressors
and the dilemma of conservation in a multivariate world: A case study in
Allegheny woodrats. Animal Conservation.
Smyser, T.J., J.E. Duchamp, S.A. Johnson, J.L. Larkin,
and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2012. Consequences of metapopulation collapse:
Comparison of genetic attributes between two Allegheny woodrat
metapopulations. Conservation Genetics. 13:849-858.
Beasley, J.C., W.S. Beatty, T.C. Atwood, S.R. Johnson,
and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2012. A
Comparison of Methods for Estimating Raccoon Abundance: Implications for
Disease Vaccination Programs. Journal of Wildlife Management. 76:1290-1297.
Beasley, J.C. and O.E. Rhodes. 2012. Are
raccoons limited by the availability of breeding resources? Evidence of
variability in Fecundity at fine spatial scales. Journal of Wildlife
Dharmarajan, G., J. C. Beasley, J. A. Fike, E. A.
Raizman, C. C. Wu, R. M. Pogranichniy and Olin E. Rhodes, Jr. 2012. Effects of kin-structure on disease
dynamics in raccoons (Procyon lotor) inhabiting a fragmented landscape. Basic and Applied Ecology 13:560-567.
Olson, Z.H., J.C. Beasley, T.L. DeVault, and O.E.
Rhodes, Jr. 2012. Scavenging community response to the removal of a
dominant scavenger. Oikos 121:77-84.