O. E. (Gene) Rhodes


UGA Athletic Association Professor in Applied Ecology
Director of the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
Graduate Program Faculty

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Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

Hill, J., T.L. DeVault, J.C. Beasley, O.E. Rhodes, Jr., and J. Belant. 2018. Effects of vulture exclusion on carrion consumption by facultative scavengers. Ecology and Evolution 8:2518-2526.

Hennesy, C., C.C. Tsai, S.J. Anderson, P.A. Zollner and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2018. What’s stopping you? Interstate highways as barriers for a suite of terrestrial rodents. Ecosphere 9:e02333. 10.1002/ecs2.2233

Hill, J.E., T.L. DeVault, J.C. Beasley, O.E. Rhodes, Jr., and J.L Belant. 2018. Roads do not increase carrion use by a vertebrate scavenging community. Scientific Reports 8:16331

Kierepka, E., R. Juarez, K. Turner, J. Smith, M. Hamilton, P. Lyons, M.A. Hall, J.C. Beasley, and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2019. Population genetics of invasive Brown Tree Snakes (Boiga irregularis) on Guam, USA. Herpetologica 75:208-217.

Sebastian-Gonzalez et al. 2019. Scavenging in the anthropcene: Human inpact drives macroecological patterns of vertebrate scavenger richness. Global Change Biology 25:3005-3017.

Perez-Gelvez, Y., S. Unger, G. Gutierrez-Sanchez, R. Bridger, O.E. Rhodes, Jr., and C. Bergman. 2019. An effective protocol for proteome analysis of Medaka after acute Ionizing Radiation exposure. Methods and Protocols (3), 66; https://doi.org/10.3390/mps2030066

Holland, A.E., M.E. Byrne, J. Hypinstall-Cymerman, A.L. Bryan, T.L. DeVault, O.E. Rhodes, Jr., and J.C. Beasley. 2019. Evidence of niche differentiation for two sympatric vulture species in the Southeastern United States. Movement Ecology 7, 31 (2019) doi:10.1186/s40462-019-0179-z

Silva, A.E., B.F. Barnes, D.R. Coyle, E.F. Abernethy, K.L. Turner, O.E. Rhodes, Jr., J.C. Beasley, and L.J.K. Gandhi. 2020. Effects of industrial disturbances on biodiversity of carrion-associated Beetles. Science of the Total Environment 709: 135158, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135158.

Kierepka, E., S.J. Anderson, R.K. Swihart, and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2020. Influence of habitat amount, configuration, and intervening matrix on genetic variation in eastern chipmunks.  Heredity (2020) doi:10.1038/s41437-020-0293-0

Kimble, S.J.A., B.S. Dorr, K.C. Hanson, O.E. Rhodes, Jr., and T.L. DeVault. 2020.  Migratory flyways may affect population structure in Double-crested Cormorants. Journal of Wildlife Management 84:948-956; 2020; DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21848

Sebastian-Gonzalez et al. 2020. Network structure of vertebrate scavenger assemblages at the global scale: drivers and ecosystem functioning implications. Ecography 43:1-13. 2020; DOI:10.1111/ecog.05083

Thomas, J.C., A. Oladeinde, T.J. Kieran, J.W. Finger, N. Bayona, J.C. Cartee, J.C. Beasley, J.C. Seaman, J.V. McArthur, O.E. Rhodes, Jr. and T.C. Glenn. 2020. Co-occurrence of antibiotic, biocide, and heavy metal resistance genes among bacteria from metal and radionuclide contaminated soils at the Savannah River Site. Microbial Biotechnology 13:1179-1200; DOI:10.1111/1751-7915.13578

Bertucci, E.M., M.W. Mason, A.C. Camus, O.E. Rhodes, Jr., and B.B. Parrott. 2020. Chronic low dose irradiation alters hepatic transcriptional profiles, but not global DNA methylation in medaka (Oryzias latipes). Science of the Total Environment 729; DOI: 10.1016 /j.scitotenv.2020.138680

Rhodes et.al. 2020. Integration of ecosystem science into radioecology: A consensus perspective. Science of the Total Environment 740; DOI.org/10.1016 /j.scitotenv.2020.140031