Professor and Director of the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
University of Georgia
P.O. Drawer E, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
Aiken, SC 29802
Office: (803) 725-8191
Fax: (803) 725-3309
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.
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.
Beatty, W.S., J.C. Beasley, G. Dharmarajan, and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2012. Genetic structure of a Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) population inhabiting a fragmented agricultural ecosystem. Canadian Journal of Zoology 90:101–109.
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. 15:205-213.
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 Management 76:1718-1724.
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.
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 (In Press).
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 (In Press).
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 (In Press).
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 (In Press).
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 (In Press).
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 (In Press).
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 (In Press).