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

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

Perez-Gelvez, Y.N., S. Kurz, K. Rosenbalm, W.M. Wright. O.E. Rhodes, Jr., M. Tiemeyer, and C. Bergmann.  2021.  Chronic exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation impacts the processing of glycoprotein N-linked glycans in Medaka (Oryzias latipes).  International Journal of Radiation Biology DOI: 10.1080/09553002.2021.1864500

Unger, S.D., R.R. Goforth, O.E. Rhodes, Jr., and T.M. Floyd.  2021.  Short-term exposure to hypoxia and elevated suspended sediment increases oxygen consumption of gilled larval Eastern hellbender salamanders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis).  Canadian Journal of Zoology DOI:10.1139/czj-2020-0085

Beaudry, MS et al.  2021.  Improved microbial community characterization of 16S rRNA via metagenome hybridization capture enrichment.  Frontiers in Microbiology DOI:10.3389/fmicb.2021.644662

Bertucci, E.M, M.W. Mason, O.E. Rhodes, Jr., and B.B. Parrott.  2021. An epigenetic clock and signatures of environmental interactions with aging in a model teleost.  Aging 13:22752-22771. https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.203624

Sebastian-Gonzalez et al. 2021.  Functional traits driving species role in the structure of terrestrial vertebrate scavenger networks.  Ecology https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3519

Thomas, J., T.J. Kieran, J.W. Finger, Jr., N.J. Bayona-Vasquez, A. Olandeinde, J.C. Beasley, J. Seaman, J.V. McArthur, O. E. Rhodes, Jr., and T.C. Glenn.  2021.  Unveiling the gut microbiota and resistome of the wild cotton-mice, Peromyscus gossypinus, from heavy metal and radionuclide-contaminated sites in the Southeastern US. Microbiology Spectrum doi.org/10.1128/Spectrum.00097-21

Street G. et al.  2021.  Solving the sample size problem for species distribution models. Methods in Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.13701

Perez-Gelvez, Y.N.C., A.C. Calmus, R. Bridger, L. Wells, O.E. Rhodes, Jr., and C.W. Bergmann.  2021.  Effects of chronic exposure to low levels of IR on Medaka (Oryzias latipeds):  a proteomic and bioinformatic approach.  International Journal of Radiation Biology doi.org/10.1080/09553002.2021.1962570

Beaudry et al.  2021.  Escaping the fate of Sysiphus:  Assessing resistome hybridization baits for antimicrobial resistance gene capture.  Environmental Microbiology https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.15767