Thomas Rodhouse

Courtesy Appointment, National Park Service

Office: 541-312-6425

Graduate & Research Center

Graduate & Research Center 214

650 SW Columbia Street

650 SW Columbia Street
Bend, OR 97702
Ph.D. in Natural Resources, University of Idaho
M.S. in Biogeography, Oregon State University
B.S. in Wildlife Science, Oregon State University
B.S. in Anthropology, Lewis and Clark College
Statistics Graduate Coursework Certificate, University of Idaho
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Selected Recent Publications (see Google Scholar for complete list here):

Rodhouse, T.J., S. Rose, T. Hawkins, R.M. Rodriguez. In press. Audible bats present opportunities for citizen scientists. Conservation Science and Practice.

Rodhouse, T.J., K.M. Irvine, and L. Bowersock. 2020. Post-fire response of native and non-native grasses in a repeatedly burned low-elevation sagebrush steppe protected area provides insights about resilience and invasion resistance. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8:584726. 

Reichert, B., M. Bayless, T. Cheng, J. Coleman, … T.J. Rodhouse, … and others. 2021. NABat: a top-down, bottom-up solution to collaborative continental-scale monitoring. Ambio 50:901-913.

Wright, W.J., K.M. Irvine, T.J. Rodhouse, A.R. Litt. In press. Spatial Gaussian processes improve multi-species occupancy models when range boundaries are uncertain and non-overlapping. Ecology and Evolution.

Banner, K.M., K.M., Irvine, T.J. Rodhouse. 2020. The use of Bayesian priors in ecology: the good, the bad, and the not great. Methods in Ecology and Evolution: 882-889.

Nicolli, M., TJ. Rodhouse, D.S. Stucki, M Shinderman. 2020. Rapid invasion by the annual grass Ventenata dubia into protected-area low-elevation sagebrush steppe. Western North American Naturalist 80:243-252.


Tom is an ecologist with the National Park Service Upper Columbia Basin Network Inventory and Monitoring Program and holds a courtesy faculty appointment in OSU’s Animal and Rangeland Sciences Department. Tom directs ecological monitoring and supporting research projects in national parks across the western U.S. Tom approaches questions from a biogeographical perspective, with particular interest in the processes of range dynamics – contraction and biological invasion – and uses predictive models to bridge the gap between monitoring and management. Tom is a leader in the effort to develop coordinated bat monitoring across North America, studies American pikas in the context of climate change across national parks, and is also studying long-term dynamics of sagebrush steppe vegetation, rare plants, and invasive weeds in the context of climate, fire, and park management. Tom advises OSU graduate students on applied ecological studies of parks and protected areas. He received a Ph.D. in natural resources from the University of Idaho, an M.S. in biogeography from Oregon State University, and B.S. degrees in wildlife science from Oregon State University and anthropology from Lewis and Clark College.