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Deanna "Dede" Olson

Headshot photo of Dede Olson.

Research Ecologist, Team Leader
Pacific Northwest Research Station
Corvallis Forestry Sciences Lab

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Curriculum Vitae (138 KB)

Statement of Research:


I study the conservation biology, behavioral ecology, and population and community ecology of amphibians, reptiles, and fishes. My current projects address: 1) the effects of forest management practices and riparian buffer widths; 2) microhabitat- to landscape-scale habitat modeling; and 3) threats including diseases, invasive species, climate change, and fire.

Projects & Activities:


Small headwater stream in the Oregon Coast Range.

Density Management and Riparian Buffer Study
Investigation of aquatic-dependent vertebrates within
and along headwater streams in managed forests of
western Oregon.
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Selected publications:

Olson and Burton 2019 - shrinking headwaters
Ruzicka et al. 2017 - tree growth/water use efficiency
Olson and Kluber 2014 - Herp. Cons. Biol. - plethodontid distributions
Ruzicka et al. 2014 - Forest Science - upslope thinning effects
Olson and Burnett 2009 - cross-drainage headwater links
Kluber et al. 2009 - down wood microclimates
Kluber et al. 2008 - amphibian distributions
Olson et al. 2007 - biodiversity management
Olson and Rugger 2007 - riparian reserve effects
Olson and Weaver 2007 - vertebrate assemblages
Rundio and Olson 2007 - salamander response to thinning
Cissel et al. 2006 - Est. Rep. & Study Plan
Rundio and Olson 2003 - giant salamanders
Sheridan and Olson 2003 - headwater amphibians
Olson et al. 2002 - Buffer design GTR
Rundio and Olson 2001 - torrent salamanders

See Selected Publications  section below for more and for full references

World Bd distribution map, data through December 2019.

Global Bd Mapping Project
The amphibian chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), is an OIE-notifiable* emerging infectious disease linked to amphibian losses in many locations worldwide.
We continue to compile and map global sampling efforts for Bd in cooperation with researchers around the world.
(*OIE = World Organisation for Animal Health)

New in 2021:
Olson et al. 2021, published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Olson et al. 2021 Publication pdf
Supplemental material: appendices pdf, tables pdf,
figures pdf, full supplemental material pdf
Downloadable map for presentations available here. (large file, may be slow)
5th-field watershed occurrence map for lower 48 United States, December 2019 data available here.

Amphibian Disease Portal: AmphibianDisease.org
Koo et al. 2021, Published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Koo et al. 2021 publication pdf
Now archives original Bd-maps.net data, plus more comprehensive Bd data
used in Olson et al. 2021 along with Bsal data and surveillance plans

First Bd-Maps paper, Olson et al. 2013:  published in PLOS ONE:
Olson et al. 2013 publication pdf
Supporting information figures pdf
Supporting information tables pdf (including species detected table)

Climate change projections for Bd: Xie et al. 2016
Bsal information: salamanderfungus.org
Cover of upcoming book from Island Press, People, Forests, and Change.

Now available from Island Press: "People, Forest, and Change"

Now available from Island Press

People, Forests, and Change
edited by Deanna H. Olson and Beatrice Van Horne
Table of Contents

Screenshot map from AmphibianDisease.org shows locations of sampling for Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans in North America, as of November 2021. Bsal has not been detected in any of these samples.

Bsal map from AmphibianDisease.org, taken 23 November 2021.

North American Bsal Task Force
The salamander chytrid fungus, (Bsal), has become an imminent threat
to salamanders in Europe and North America.
Call to Action - Olson 2015, FrogLog
Amphibian Diseases Web portal: AmphibianDisease.org
Bsal information and Strategic Plan: salamanderfungus.org

Adult Cope's Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon copei) showing typical markings.

Adult Cope's Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon copei).
Photo by L.L.C. Jones

Conservation Assessments for Pacific Northwest US Species
Species of concern listed as US Forest Service Region 6 ‘Sensitive Species’ and
Bureau of Land Management Oregon/Washington ‘Special Status’ are managed under the
Interagency Special Status and Sensitive Species Program (ISSSSP). Species-specific “Conservation Assessments” are developed to provide a synthesis of current biological and ecological knowledge, as well as known or suspected threats and effects of management
activities. New information is often available per species, such as the compilation and map of species localities in the northwest area. Assessments provide guidance about management considerations and outline research and monitoring needs; their intent is to help manage for species to forestall losses and preclude listing under the US Endangered Species Act.
For some species, the ISSSSP has funded projects to understand species distributions,
habitat associations, or effects of management.
Reports of these studies and Conservation Assessments are available on the
ISSSSP Web site, in the amphibian index:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/sfpnw/issssp/species-index/fauna-amphibians.shtml

 

I have contributed to the Conservation Assessments of the following amphibian species:
Aneides flavipunctatus- Black Salamander (ANFL)
Batrachoseps attenuatus - California Slender Salamander (BAAT)
Batrachoseps wrighti - Oregon Slender Salamander (BAWR)
Dicamptodon copei - Cope's Giant Salamander (DICO)
Plethodon larselli - Larch Mountain Salamander (PLLA)
Plethodon stormi - Siskiyou Mountains Salamander (PLST) [note: this species also has a tri-agency ‘Conservation Strategy’ with US FWS, published as Northwest Fauna 6]
Plethodon vandykei - Van Dyke's Salamander (PLVA)
Ascaphus montanus - Rocky Mountain Tailed Frog (ASMO)
Rana boylii - Foothill Yellow-legged Frog (RABO)

In addition, Conservation Assessments have been developed by others for these species, and are available at the ISSSSP link above:
Rana luteiventris - Columbia Spotted Frog (RALU)
Rana pretiosa - Oregon Spotted Frog (RAPR)
Rhyacotriton olympicus - Olympic Torrent Salamander (RHOL)
Rhyacotriton cascadae - Cascade Torrent Salamander (RHCA)

Ranavirus Reporting System

Ranavirus is an OIE-notifiable emerging infectious disease associated with amphibian losses; it also affects fish and reptiles. Ranavirus is relatively poorly understood, and there is a need to enhance communications among researchers and managers. In cooperation with world Ranavirus experts, we are helping to create a Ranavirus Reporting System.

The Global Ranavirus Consortium (GRS: https://www.ranavirus.org/) facilitates communication and collaboration among scientists, veterinarians, and others interested in ranaviruses. The GRS website provides resources including an open-access Ranavirus book and symposium information.

Ranavirus General Information: "The Rise of Ranavirus", Gray and Miller 2013
Global patterns of Ranavirus detections: Brunner et al. 2021

RRTH = Relocation, Reintroduction, Translocation, and Headstarting

These are stop-gap measures for rare species conservation. To promote communication of lessons learned from past and ongoing projects, photos and information on existing projects is being compiled.
An update to Reintroduction information will be initiated in 2022 by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. We welcome assistance to update information on Relocation, Translocation, and Headstarting efforts.
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Selected Publications:


Note: Most PDF files linked in the publications section of this page were not created by the USDA Forest Service, and may not be accessible to screen-reader software. Many publications are open access, and links to the html versions on the journal websites are also provided, where applicable.

2021

Brunner, J.L., D.H. Olson, M.J. Gray, D.L. Miller, A.L.J. Duffus. 2021. Global patterns of ranavirus detections. FACETS (Journal of the Royal Society of Canada's Academy of Science). 6: 912-924. https://www.facetsjournal.com/doi/pdf/10.1139/facets-2020-0013

Bsal Task Force. 2021. Bsal Task Force: 2020 Annual Report. Sept. 2021. https://www.salamanderfungus.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/2020-Bsal-TAC-Annual-Report.pdf; accessed 13 Sept. 2021.

Cafferata Coe, F., T. Garcia, D. Olson, and J. Woodward. 2021. Wildlife in managed forests: forest amphibians. Oregon Forest Resources Institute. 30 p. Publications | OregonForests [bottom of page]

Koo, M.S., V.T. Vredenburg, J.B. Deck, D.H. Olson, K.L. Ronnenberg, D.B. Wake. 2021. Tracking, synthesizing and sharing global Batrachochytrium data at AmphibianDisease.org. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 8:728232. Doi: 10.3389/fvets.2021.728232.

Martens, K.D., B.T. Bormann, T.V. Minkova, D.H. Olson, S.M. Bollens, D. Butman, P.M. Kiffney, K. Alexander, and M. Liermann. 2021. Riparian Study Plan for the T3 Watershed Experiment. Washington Dept. Nat. Res., Technical Report. 62 p.

Olson, D.H. 2021. Book Review: Amphibians of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, 3rd Edition. Herpetological Review 52:681-682.

Olson, D.H., K.H. Haman, M. Gray, R. Harris, T. Thompson, M. Iredale, M. Christman, J. Williams, M.J. Adams, and J. Ballard. 2021. Enhanced between-site biosecurity to minimize herpetofaunal disease-causing pathogen transmission. Herpetological Review 52(1): 29-39.

Olson, D.H., K.L. Ronnenberg, C.K. Glidden, K.R. Christiansen, A.R. Blaustein. 2021. Global patterns of the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis support conservation urgency. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 8: 685877. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2021.685877/full | Supplementary material

Poland, T., J. Juzwik, A. Rowley, C.D. Huebner, J.C. Kilgo, V.M. Lopez, D.H. Olson, D.E. Pearson, R. Progar, R. Rabaglia, J. Rothlisberger, J.B. Runyon, S. Sing. 2021. Management of landscapes for established invasive species. Chapter 7, pp 133-184 In: Poland, T.M., T. Patel-Weynand, D.M. Finch, C. Ford Miniat, V.M. Lopez. (eds.) Invasive Species in Forests and Grasslands of the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the United States Forest Sector. Springer Verlag, Cham, Switzerland. https://www.fs.fed.us/research/publications/book/invasiveSpecies/invasiveSpecies Full.pdf. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-45367-1#DOI

Seybold, S.J., S.J. Frankel, D.H. Olson, R. Flitcroft, B.K. Kerns, J.C. Lee, K.L. Ripley, and A.S. Munson. 2021. Northwest region. Pp 352-377 In: Appendix: Regional Summaries; Poland, T.M., Patel-Weynand, T, Finch, D.M., Ford Miniat, C., and Lopez, V.M. (eds.) Invasive Species in Forests and Grasslands of the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the United States Forest Sector. Springer Verlag, Cham, Switzerland. https://www.fs.fed.us/research/publications/book/invasiveSpecies/invasiveSpecies Full.pdf. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-45367-1#DOI

Thurman, L.L., C.D. Cousins, S.T.C. Button, T.S. Garcia, A.L. Henderson, D.H. Olson, and J. Piovia-Scott. 2021. Treading water: Conservation of headwater-stream associated amphibians in Northwestern North America. Reference Module, Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands. ISBN 9780124095489. 14 p. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-821139-7.00112-4.

2020

Canessa, S., A. Spitzen-van der Sluijs, T. Stark, P.J. Bishop, M. Bletz, C.J. Briggs, D. Daversa, M.J. Gray, R.A. Griffiths, R.N. Harris, X.A. Harrison, J.T. Hoverman, P. Jervis, E.L. Muths, D.H. Olson, C.L. Richards-Zawacki, J. Robert, G.M. Rosa, B.C. Scheele, B.R. Schmidt, and T.W.J. Garner. 2020. Conservation decisions under pressure: lessons from an exercise in rapid response to wildlife disease. Conservation Science and Practice 2:e141. https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.141 [Open Access]

Olson, D.H., and J.I. Burton. 2020. Climate associations with headwater streamflow in managed forests over 16 years and projections of future dry headwater stream channels. Pp. 161-188 in G. Sun, K. Bishop, S. Ferraz, and J. Jones (Eds.), Managing Forests and Water for People under a Changing Environment, Open Access, MDPI Books, Basel, Switzerland; SBN 978-3-03928-823-6 (Pbk); ISBN 978-3-03928-824-3 (PDF); https://doi.org/10.3390/books978-3-03928-824-3 (registering DOI); https://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/2270; Accessed 15 May 2020.

Olson, D., and S. Kantor. 2020. Working together: How science partnerships can help prioritize rare species for conservation. Science Findings 223:1-6. January 2020.

Olson, D.H., and K.L. Ronnenberg. 2020. Global distribution of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in June 2014. In: Tsing, A., J. Deger, A.K. Saxena, and F. Zhou, eds. Feral Atlas: The More-than-Human Anthropocene. Bd chytrid fungus: Feral quality [left margin, third quality]. Stanford Univ. Press. feralatlas.org; accessed 22 October 2020.

Pilliod, D.S., M.I. Jeffries, R.S. Arkle, and D.H. Olson. 2020. Reptiles under the conservation umbrella of the Greater Sage-grouse. Journal of Wildlife Management 84(3):478-491. 0.1002/jwmg.21821

2019

Bradley, P.W., M.D. Brawner, T.R. Raffell, J.R. Rohr, D.H. Olson, and A.R. Blaustein. 2019. Shifts in temperature influence how Batrachochytritum dendrobatidis infects amphibian larvae. PLoS ONE 14(9):e0222237. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0222237

Bsal Task Force. 2019. 2018 Annual Report. January 2019. 30 p. http://www.salamanderfungus.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2018-Bsal-Annual-Report-L

Emel, S.L., D.H. Olson, L.L. Knowles, and A. Storfer. 2019. Comparative landscape genetics of two endemic torrent salamander species, Rhyacotriton kezeri and R. variegatus: implications for forest management and species conservation Conservation Genetics 20: 801-815. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10592-019-01172-6

Mims, M.C., D.H. Olson, D.S. Pilliod, and J.B. Dunham. 2019. Considering the hidden threats of climate change: A new approach puts overlooked species on the conservation radar. The Wildlife Professional 13(3): 50-52.

Olson, D.H. 2019. A decade of herpetological disease papers: Puzzle pieces of a bigger picture. Herpetological Review 50(1): 37-40.

Olson, D.H., and J.I. Burton. 2019. Climate associations with headwater streamflow in managed forests over 16 years and projections of future dry headwater stream channels. Forests 10: 968; https://doi.org/10.3390/f10110968; 28 p

Olson, D., R. Harris, M. Mandica, and A. Watts. 2019. The deadly amphibian Bsal disease: How science-management partnerships are forestalling amphibian biodiversity losses. March 2019. Science Findings 214:1-6.

2018

Adams, M.J., R.N. Harris, E.H.C. Grant, M.J. Gray, M.C. Hopkins, S. A. Iverson, R. Likens, M. Mandica, D.H. Olson, A. Shepack, H. Waddle. 2018. Prepublication communication of research results. EcoHealth 15: 478-481.

Blaustein, A.R., J. Urbina, P.W. Snyder, E. Reynolds, T. Dang, J.T. Hoverman, B. Han, D.H. Olson, C. Searle, and N.M. Hambalek. 2018. Effects of emerging infectious diseases on amphibians: a review of experimental studies. Diversity 10(85): 1-49.

Bsal Task Force. 2018a. Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) Rapid Response Template. 8 June 2018. http://www.salamanderfungus.org/resources/

Bsal Task Force. 2018b. 2017 Annual Report. 20 p. http://www.salamanderfungus.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2017-Bsal-Annual-Report-Final-LR.pdf

Gray, M.J., M.C. Allender, K.H. Haman, R.N. Harris, and D.H. Olson. 2018. Facilitating early detection and rapid response: an alert system to combat emerging herpetofaunal diseases. The Wildlife Professional 12(5): 33-35.

Hopkins, M.C., M.J. Adams, P.E. Super, D.H. Olson, C.R. Hickman, P. English, L. Sprague, I.B. Maska, A.B. Pennaz, and K.A. Ludwig. 2018. Batrachochytrium salamandriovrans (Bsal) in Appalachia—Using scenario building to proactively prepare for a wildlife disease outbreak caused by an invasive amphibian chytrid fungus: U.S. Geological Survey Report 2018–1150, 31 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181150.

Mims, M.C., D.H. Olson, D.S. Pilliod, and J.B. Dunham. 2018. Functional and geographic components of risk for climate sensitive vertebrates in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Biological Conservation 228: 183-194.

Olson, D.H., and R.L. Flitcroft. 2018. Aquatic-riparian invasive species of the Northwest Forest Plan area. Appendix 1, pp 582-595 in: G.H. Reeves, D.H. Olson, S.M. Wondzell, S.A. Miller, J.W. Long, P.A. Bisson, and M.J. Furniss. 2018. The Aquatic Conservation Strategy of the Northwest Forest Plan – A review of the relevant science after 22 years. Chapter 7 in: P.A. Stine and T.A. Spies (eds.). Synthesis of Science to Inform Land Management within the Northwest Forest Plan Area. US Forest Service, PNW Gen. Tech. Rept. PNW-GTR-966, Vol. 2: 461-624. Full GTR available at: https://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr966_vol2.pdf.

Reeves, G.H., D.H. Olson, S.M. Wondzell, S.A. Miller, J.W. Long, P.A. Bisson, and M.J. Furniss. 2018. The Aquatic Conservation Strategy of the Northwest Forest Plan – A review of the relevant science after 22 years. Chapter 7 in: P.A. Stine and T.A. Spies (eds.). Synthesis of Science to Inform Land Management within the Northwest Forest Plan Area. US Forest Service, PNW Gen. Tech. Rept. PNW-GTR-966, Vol. 2: 461-624. Full GTR available at: https://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr966_vol2.pdf

Works, A.J., and D.H. Olson. 2018. Diets of two nonnative freshwater turtles (Trachemys scripta and Pelodiscus sinensis) in Kawai Nui Marsh, Hawaiʻi. J. Herpetology 52(4): 444-452.

2017

Gervasi, S.S., P.R. Stephens, J. Hua, C.L. Searle, J. Urbina, D.H. Olson, B.A. Bancroft, V. Weis, J.I. Hammond, and R.A. Relyea. 2017. Linking ecology and epidemiology to understand predictors of multi-host responses to an emerging pathogen, the amphibian chytrid fungus. PLoS ONE 12(1):e0167882.

Grant, E.H.C., E. Muths, R.A. Katz, S. Canessa, M.J. Adams, J.R. Ballard, L. Berger, C.J. Briggs, J.T.H. Coleman, M.J. Gray, M.C. Harris, R.N. Harris, B. Hossack, K.P. Huyvaert, J. Kolby, K.R. Lips, R.E. Lovich, H.I. McCallum, J.R. Mendelson III, P. Nanjappa, D.H. Olson, J.G. Powers, K.L.D. Richgels, R.E. Russell, B.R. Schmidt, A. Spitzen-van der Sluijs, M.K. Watry, D.C. Woodhams, and C.L. White. 2017. Using decision analysis to support proactive management of emerging infectious wildlife diseases. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15: 214-221. Link to doi:10.1002/fee.1481.

Iwanowicz, D.D., W.B. Schill, D.H. Olson, M.J. Adams, C. Densmore, R.S. Coprnman, C. Adams, C. Figiel, Jr., C.W. Anderson, A.R. Blaustein, and T. Chestnut. 2017. Potential concerns with analytical methods used for the detection of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans from archived DNA of amphibian swab samples, Oregon, USA. Herpetological Review 48: 352-355.

Leach, J.A., D.H. Olson, P.D. Anderson, and B.N.I. Eskelson. 2017. Spatial and seasonal variability of forested headwater stream temperatures in western Oregon, USA. Aquatic Sciences 79: 291-307. doi:10.1007/s00027-016-0497-9. Supplemental material.

Kim, J.B., B.G. Marcot, D.H. Olson, B. Van Horne, J.A. Vano, M.S. Hand, L.A. Salas, M.J. Case, P.E. Hennon, and D.V. D'Amore. 2017. Climate-smart approaches to managing forests. Chapter 16, pages 225-242 in D.H. Olson and B. Van Horne, editors. People, forests and change - Lessons from the Pacific Northwest. Washington, DC/Covelo, CA/London: Island Press.

Olson, D. 2017. New Herp Disease Alert System relies on info from public. The Wildlife Society. http://wildlife.org/new-herp-disease-alert-system-relies-on-info-from-public.

Olson, D.H., and B. Van Horne, editors. 2017. People, forests and change - Lessons from the Pacific Northwest. Washington, DC/Covelo, CA/London: Island Press.

Olson, D.H., S.L. Johnson, P.D. Anderson, B.E. Penaluna, and J.B. Dunham. 2017. Aquatic-riparian systems. Chapter 14, pages 191-206 in D.H. Olson and B. Van Horne, editors. People, forests and change - Lessons from the Pacific Northwest. Washington, DC/Covelo, CA/London: Island Press.

Olson, D.H., B.E. Penaluna, B.G. Marcot, M.G. Raphael, and K.B. Aubry. 2017. Biodiversity. Chapter 13, pages 174-190 in D.H. Olson and B. Van Horne, editors. People, forests and change - Lessons from the Pacific Northwest. Washington, DC/Covelo, CA/London: Island Press.

Olson, D.H., B. Van Horne, B.T. Bormann, P.D. Anderson, and R.W. Haynes. 2017. Introduction: The human-forest ecosystem. Chapter 1, pages 3-15 in D.H. Olson and B. Van Horne, editors. People, forests and change - Lessons from the Pacific Northwest. Washington, DC/Covelo, CA/London: Island Press.

Olson, D.H., B. Van Horne, B.T. Bormann, R.L. Deal, and T.H. DeLuca. 2017. The future of human-forest ecosystem sustainability. Chapter 19, pages 275-290 in D.H. Olson and B. Van Horne, editors. People, forests and change - Lessons from the Pacific Northwest. Washington, DC/Covelo, CA/London: Island Press.

Penaluna, B.E., D.H. Olson, R.L. Flitcroft, M. Weber, J.R. Bellmore, S.M. Wondzell, J.B. Dunham, S.L. Johnson, and G.H. Reeves. 2017. Aquatic biodiversity in forests: A weak link in ecosystem services resilience. Biodiversity and Conservation 26: 3125-3155. doi:10.1007/s10531-016-1148-0

Roon, D., J. Dunham, B. Harvey, R. Bellmore, D. Olson, and G. Reeves. 2017. Evaluating the ecological trade-offs of riparian thinning for headwater stream ecosystems in second-growth redwood forests. In: R.B. Standiford and Y. Valachovic. Coast redwood science symposium--2016: Past successes and future direction. General Technical Report PSW-GTR-258. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: 199-201.

Van Horne, B., D.H. Olson, and T. Maness. 2017. Visions: 20 Years Hence. Chapter 20, pages 291-303 in D.H. Olson and B. Van Horne, editors. People, forests and change - Lessons from the Pacific Northwest. Washington, DC/Covelo, CA/London: Island Press.

2016

Bsal Task Force: 2016 Annual Report. October 2016. 20 p. Available at: http://www.salamanderfungus.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Bsal-Report_1610_4-0v.pdf.

Burton, J.I., D.H. Olson, and K.J. Puettmann. 2016. Effects of riparian buffer width on down wood loading in headwater streams after repeated forest thinning. Forest Ecology and Management 372: 247–257.

Xie, G.Y., D.H. Olson, and A.R. Blaustein. 2016. Projecting the global distribution of the emerging amphibian fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, based on IPCC climate futures. PLoS ONE 11(8):e0160746 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0160746

2015

Bradley, P.W., S.S. Gervasi, J. Hua, R.D. Cothran, R.A. Relyea, D.H. Olson, and A.R. Blaustein. 2015. Differences in sensitivity to the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis among amphibian populations. Conservation Biology 29:1347–1356.

Grant, E.H.C., E. Muths, R.A. Katz, S. Canessa, M.J. Adams, J.R. Ballard, L. Berger, C.J. Briggs, J. Coleman, M.J. Gray, M.C. Harris, R.N. Harris, B. Hossack, K.P. Huyvaert, J.E. Kolby, K.R. Lips, R.E. Lovich, H.I. McCallum, J.R. Mendelson, III, P. Nanjappa, D.H. Olson, J.G. Powers, K.L.D. Richgels, R.E. Russell, B.R. Schmidt, A. Spitzen-van der Sluijs, M.K. Watry, D.C. Woodhams, and C.L. White, C.L. 2015. Salamander chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans) in the United States—Developing research, monitoring, and management strategies. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1233 http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151233.

Gray, M.J., J.P. Lewis, P. Nanjappa, B. Klocke, F. Pasmans, A. Martel, C. Stephen, G. Parra Olea, S.A. Smith, A. Sacerdote-Velat, M. Christman, J. Williams, and D.H. Olson. 2015. Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans: the North American response and a call for action. PLoS Pathogens 11(12):e1005251.

Olson, D.H. 2015. The science of 50-foot riparian buffers in headwaters. Western Forester 60(5): 10–11.

Olson, D.H. 2015. Amphibian disease: Bsal North America Call to Action. Froglog 115: 11 (July 2015); Also printed in: Herpetological Review 46(3):487–488 (September 2015), IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 22:134 (September 2015): http://www.ircf.org/journal/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/RA-22.3_134_PARC-Bsal-Brief_print.pdf

Olson, D.H., and R. Mazza. 2015. Heed the head: buffer benefits along headwater streams. Science Findings 178.

2014

Barela, K.L., and D.H. Olson. 2014. Mapping the Western Pond Turtle (Actinemys marmorata) and Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) in western North America. Northwestern Naturalist 95(1): 1-12.

Chestnut, T., C. Anderson, R. Popa, A.R. Blaustein, M. Voytek, D.H. Olson, and J. Kirshein. 2014. Heterogeneous occupancy and density estimates of the pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in waters of North America. PLOS One 9(9): e106790. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0106790

Foster, A.D., D.H. Olson, L.L.C. Jones. 2014. A review of the biology and conservation of the Cope's Giant Salamander, Dicamptodon copei Nussbaum, 1970 (Amphibia: Caudata: Dicamptodontidae) in the Pacific Northwestern region of the USA. Life: the Excitement of Biology 2(4): 210-246. DOI: 10.9784/LEB2(4)Foster.01

Foster, A.D. and D.H. Olson. 2014. Conservation assessment for the Cope’s Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon copei), Version 1.0. USDA Forest Service, Region 6, and Oregon BLM, Special Status Species Program. http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/sfpnw/issssp/species-index/fauna-amphibians.shtml

Olson, D.H. 2014. Scott Bar Salamander, Plethodon asupak. In: Green, D.M., L. Weir, G.S. Casper, and M. Lannoo. North American Amphibians: Distribution and Diversity. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press

Olson, D.H. and J.I. Burton. 2014. Near-term effects of repeated thinning with riparian buffers on headwater stream vertebrates and habitats in Oregon, USA. Forests 5: 2703-2729. doi:10.3390/f5112703

Olson, D.H., and T. Chestnut. 2014. Trouble in the aquatic world - how wildlife professionals are battling amphibian declines. The Wildlife Professional 8(4): 28-31(Winter 2014).

Olson, D.H., and C. Crisafulli. 2014. Conservation Assessment for the Van Dyke’s Salamander, Plethodon vandykei. USDA Forest Service, Region 6, and Oregon BLM, Special Status Species Program. Available at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/sfpnw/

Olson, D.H., and M.R. Kluber. 2014. Plethodontid salamander distributions in managed forest headwaters in western Oregon. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 9(1): 76-96.

Olson, D.H., and K.L. Ronnenberg. 2014. Global Bd mapping project: 2014 update. FrogLog 111: 17-21.

Olson, D.H., J.B. Leirness, P.G. Cunningham, and E.A. Steel. 2014. Riparian buffers and forest thinning: Effects on headwater vertebrates 10 years after thinning. Forest Ecology and Management 321: 81-93.

Reshetnikov, A.N., T. Chestnut, J.L. Brunner, K. Charles, E.E. Nebergall, and D.H. Olson. 2014. Detection of the emerging amphibian pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and ranavirus in Russia. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 110: 235-240. doi: 10.3354/dao02757

Ruzicka, K.J., Jr., K.J. Puettmann, and D.H. Olson. 2014. Management of riparian buffers: upslope thinning with downslope impacts. Forest Science 60(5): 881-892. http://dx.doi.org/10.5849/forsci.13-107

2013

Burton, J.I., A. Ares, D.H. Olson, and K.J. Puettmann. 2013. Management trade-off between aboveground carbon storage and understory plant species richness in temperate forests. Ecological Applications 23(6): 1297-1310.

Burton, J.I., A. Ares, S.E. Mulford, D.H. Olson and K.J. Puettmann. 2013. Above-ground carbon storage, downed wood, and understory plant species richness after thinning in western Oregon. In: Anderson, P.D. and K.L. Ronnenberg, eds. Density management in the 21st century: west side story. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 91-100. Link to the full GTR at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr880.pdf

Gervasi, S.S., C. Gondhalekar, D.H. Olson, and A.R. Blaustein. 2013. Host identity matters in the amphibian-Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis system: fine-scale patterns of variation in responses to a multi-host pathogen. PLOS ONE PLoS ONE 8(1): e54490. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054490

Graeter, G.J., K.A. Buhlmann, L.R. Wilkinson, and J. W. Gibbons (eds.). 2013. Inventory and Monitoring: Recommended Techniques for Reptiles and Amphibians, with Application to the United States and Canada. PARC Technical Report. Aiken, South Carolina. [My contribution was to coordinate the Northwest section of Table 5-1: Species x Techniques Table and Table 14-1: Photo Vouchering Table.]

Olson, D.H. 2013. Riparian buffers and thinning in headwater drainages in western Oregon: Effects on amphibians. 2013. In: Anderson, P.D. and K.L. Ronnenberg, eds. Density management in the 21st century: west side story. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 148-162. Link to the full GTR at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr880.pdf

Olson, D.H. and K.M. Burnett. 2013. Geometry of forest landscape connectivity: Pathways for persistence. In: Anderson, P.D. and K.L. Ronnenberg, eds. Density management in the 21st century: west side story. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 220-238. Link to the full GTR at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr880.pdf

Olson, D.H., and D. Saenz. 2013. Climate Change and Amphibians. 2013. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Climate Change Resource Center. http://www.fs.fed.us/ccrc/topics/wildlife/amphibians/

Olson, D.H., and D. Saenz. 2013. Climate Change and Reptiles. 2013. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Climate Change Resource Center. http://www.fs.fed.us/ccrc/topics/wildlife/reptiles/

Olson, D.H., D.M. Aanensen, K.L. Ronnenberg, C.I. Powell, S.F. Walker, J. Bielby, T.W.J. Garner, G. Weaver, the Bd Mapping Group, and M.C. Fisher. 2013. Mapping the global emergence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, the amphibian chytrid fungus. PLOS ONE 8(2): e56802. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056802
Supplemental information text and tables, including infected species table
Supplemental information figures

Ruzicka, K.J. Jr., D.H. Olson, K.J. Puettmann. 2013. The intertwining paths of the Density Management and Riparian Buffer Study and the Northwest Forest Plan. In: Anderson, P.D. and K.L. Ronnenberg, eds. Density management in the 21st century: west side story. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 10-21. Link to the full GTR at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr880.pdf

2012

Barela, K.L. and D.H. Olson. 2012. Distribution of the Western Pond Turtle. In: Bury, R.B., H.H. Welsh, Jr. D.J. Germano, and D. Ashton, eds. Western Pond Turtle: Sampling techniques, inventory and monitoring, conservation and management. Northwest Fauna 7: 4-5.

Olson, D.H. 2012. State of the Lizard. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. Also available in Spanish at: www.yearofthelizard.org.

Olson, D.H., K.L. Ronnenberg, D. Aanensen, and M. Fisher. 2012. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis global locality map. In: Wessner, D., C. Dupont, and T. Charles. Microbiology. John Wiley & Sons.

2011

Bancroft, B., B. Han, C. Searle, L. Michael, D.H. Olson, J. Lawler, and A.R. Blaustein. 2011. Species-level correlates of susceptibility to the pathogenic amphibian fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the United States. Biodiversity Conservation 20:1911-1920.

Duffus, A. and D. Olson. 2011. The establishment of a global Ranavirus reporting system. Froglog 96: 37.

Kiester, A.R. and D.H. Olson. 2011. Prime time for turtles. Herpetological Review 42(2): 198-204.

Olson, D.H. 2011. Bridging Science and Management: Climate Change. Brochure, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

Olson, D.H. 2011. Rocky Mountain Tailed Frog, Ascaphus montanus, Conservation Assessment. USDA Forest Service, Region 6, and Oregon BLM, Special Status Species Program. Available at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/sfpnw/issssp/planning-documents/assessments.shtml

Olson, D.H. and A. R. Kiester. 2011. State of the Turtle. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. Also available in French and Spanish: www.yearoftheturtle.org.

Paoletti, D.J., D.H. Olson, and A.R. Blaustein. 2011. Responses of foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii) larvae to an introduced predator. Copeia: 161-168.

Riley, T.Z., P. Nanjappa, D.H. Olson, A.R. Breisch. 2011. Annual Report: 2010. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC). Annual Report No. 1, Hagerstown, MD. 16 pp. Also available at: www.parcplace.org.

Searle, C.L., S.S. Gervasi, J. Hua, J.I. Hammond, R.A. Relyea, D.H. Olson, and A.R. Blaustein. 2011. Differential host susceptibility to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, an emerging amphibian pathogen. Conservation Biology 25(5): 965-974.

Shoo, L. P. et al. 2011. Engineering a future for amphibians under climate change. J. Applied Ecol: 48: 487-492.

Shoo, L.P., D.H. Olson, and J-M. Hero. 2011. A call to amphibian biologists to share innovative ideas to minimize loss of species under climate change. Froglog 96: 32-33.

2010

Oliver, Marie with K. Burnett and D. Olson. 2010. Linked in: connecting riparian areas to support forest biodiversity. Science Findings 120. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 5 p.

2009

Kluber, M.R., D.H. Olson, and K.J. Puettmann. 2009. Thermal profiles of downed wood under different forest management regimes in the Oregon Coast Range and their potential impact on plethodontid salamander habitat. Northwest Science 83:25-34.

Olson, D.H. (coord. Ed.). 2009. Herpetological conservation in northwestern North America. Northwestern Naturalist 90: 61-96.

Olson, D.H. and K.M. Burnett. 2009. Design and management of linkage areas across headwater drainages to conserve biodiversity in forest ecosystems. Forest Ecology and Management 259S:S117-S126.

Olson, D.H. and R. Davis. 2009. Conservation assessment for the Foothill Yellow-legged Frog (Rana boylii). USDA Forest Service, Region 6, and Oregon BLM, Special Status Species Program.

Olson, D.H., D.R. Clayton, E.C. Reilly, R.S. Nauman, B. Devlin, and H.H. Welsh, Jr. 2009. Conservation of the Siskiyou Mountains Salamander (Plethodon stormi). Northwest Fauna 6:1-73.

Olson, D.H., E. Garcia, P. Nanjappa Mitchell (Coord. Eds.). 2009. 10 years of PARC. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, National Brochure No. 5. USDI BLM, Denver, CO, 20 p.

2008

Clayton, D.R. and D.H. Olson. 2008. Conservation assessment for the Oregon Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps wrighti). Version 1.0. USDA Forest Service, Region 6, and Oregon BLM, Special Status Species Program.

Crisafulli, C.M., D.H. Olson, and D.R. Clayton. 2008. Conservation assessment for the Larch Mountain Salamander (Plethodon larselli), Version 1.3. USDA Forest Service, Region 6, and Oregon BLM, Special Status Species Program.

Kluber, M.R., D.H. Olson, and K.J. Puettmann. 2008. Amphibian distributions in riparian and upslope areas and their habitat associations on managed forest landscapes of the Oregon Coast Range. Forest Ecology and Management 256:529-535.

Nauman, R.S. and D.H. Olson. 2008. Distribution and conservation of rare Plethodon salamanders on federal lands in Siskiyou County, California. Northwestern Naturalist 89:1-9.

Olson, D.H. 2008. Moist coniferous forest. Pp 47-49 In: Pilliod, D. and E. Wind (eds.). Habitat management guidelines for amphibians and reptiles of the Northwestern United States and Western Canada. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Technical Publication HMG-4, Birmingham AL.

Olson, D.H. 2008. Riparian areas. Pp 82-86 In: Pilliod, D. and E. Wind (eds.). Habitat management guidelines for amphibians and reptiles of the Northwestern United States and Western Canada. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Technical Publication HMG-4, Birmingham AL.

Olson, D.H. 2008. Conservation Assessment for the Black Salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus) in Oregon, Version 1.0. USDA Forest Service, Region 6, and Oregon BLM, Special Status Species Program.

Olson, D.H. 2008. Conservation Assessment for the California Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus) in Oregon, Version 1.0. USDA Forest Service, Region 6, and Oregon BLM, Special Status Species Program.

Suzuki, N., D.H. Olson, and E.C. Reilly. 2008. Developing landscape habitat models for rare amphibians with small geographic ranges: a case study of Siskiyou Mountains salamander in the western USA. Biodiversity and Conservation 17:2197-2218.

2007

Olson, D.H. 2007. Implementation considerations. Chapter 11. pp 303-333 In: Raphael, M.G. and R. Molina, eds. Conservation of Rare or Little-Known Species: Biological, Social, and Economic Considerations. Island Press.

Olson, D.H. and C. Rugger. 2007. Preliminary study of the effects of headwater riparian reserves with upslope thinning on stream habitats and amphibians in western Oregon. Forest Science 53(2):331-342.

Olson, D.H. and G. Weaver. 2007. Vertebrate assemblages associated with headwater hydrology in western Oregon managed forests. Forest Science 53(2):343-355.

Olson, D.H., P.D. Anderson, C.A. Frissell, H.H. Welsh Jr., and D.F. Bradford. 2007. Biodiversity management approaches for stream riparian areas: Perspectives for Pacific Northwest headwater forests, microclimate and amphibians. Forest Ecology and Management 246(1):81-107. [Recipient of Forest Ecology and Manaagment “Highly Cited Author” award, 2007-2010]

Raphael, M.G., R. Molina, C.H. Flather, R. Holthausen, R.L. Johnson, B.G. Marcot, D.H. Olson, J.D. Peine, C. Hull Sieg, and C.S. Swanson. 2007. A Process for Selection and Implementation of Conservation Approaches. Chapter 12. In: Raphael, M.G. and R. Molina, eds. Conservation of Rare or Little-Known Species: Biological, Social, and Economic Considerations. Island Press.

Rundio, D.E. and D.H. Olson. 2007. Influence of headwater site conditions and riparian buffers on terrestrial salamander response to forest thinning. Forest Science 53(2):320-330.

Rykken, J.J, A.R. Moldenke, and D.H. Olson. 2007. Headwater riparian forest-floor invertebrate communities associated with alternative forest management practices. Ecological Applications 17(4):1168-1183.

Suzuki, N. and D.H. Olson. 2007/2008/2009. Options for biodiversity conservation in managed forest landscapes of multiple ownerships in Oregon and Washington, USA. Biodiversity and Conservation 16:3895-3917. Reprinted Biodiversity and Conservation 17:1017-1039. Reprinted in: Brockerhoff, E.G., H. Jactel, J.A. Parrotta, C.P. Quine, J. Sayer, and D.L. Hawksworth (eds.). 2009. Plantation Forests and Biodiversity: Oxymoron or Opportunity? Springer, NY. 288 p.

2006

Olson, D.H. (ed.) 2006. Biodiversity. Northwestern Naturalist 87.

Olson, D.H. 2006. Biodiversity conservation in the Pacific Northwest: a place holder. Northwestern Naturalist 87:1-9.

Sagar, J., D.H. Olson, and R. Schmitz. 2006. Survival and growth of larval coastal giant salamanders (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) in streams in the Oregon Coast Range. Copeia 2007: 123-130.

2005

Jones, L.L.C., W.P Leonard, and D.H. Olson (eds.). 2005. Amphibians of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle Audubon Society.

Mead, L.S., D.R. Clayton, R.S. Nauman, D.H. Olson, and M.E. Pfrender. 2005. Newly discovered populations of salamanders from Siskiyou County California represent a species distinct from Plethodon stormi. Herpetologica 61:158-177.

Pre-2005

Rundio, D.E., and D.H. Olson. 2003. Antipredator defenses of larval Pacific giant salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) against cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki). Copeia 2003(2): 392-397.

Sheridan, C.D., and D.H. Olson. 2003. Amphibian assemblages in zero-order basins in the Oregon Coast Range. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33: 1452-1477.

Olson, D.H., S.S. Chan, and C.R. Thompson. 2002. Riparian buffers and thinning designs in western Oregon headwaters accomplish multiple resource objectives. Pp. 81-91 in: Johnson, A.C., R.W. Haynes, and R.A Monserud (eds.). Congruent Management of Multiple Resources: Proceedings from the Wood Compatibility Workshop; December 5-7, 2001, Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-563. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.

Rundio, D.E., and D.H. Olson. 2001. Palatability of Southern Torrent Salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus) larvae to Pacific Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) larvae. Journal of Herpetology 35(1): 133-136.