Deanna ("Dede") H. Olson
Research Ecologist, Team Leader
3200 SW Jefferson Way
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Contact Deanna ("Dede") H. Olson
My research focuses on three themes: the ecology of amphibians and fishes in headwater stream basins in managed forests; the taxonomic and distribution patterns of the amphibian chytrid fungus; and the conservation biology of amphibians, reptiles, and turtles.
Conservation biology, behavioral ecology, population and community ecology. Effects of forest management practices, landscape designs, and policies on aquatic-dependent organisms. Interaction of climate variation with species' ecology and land management practices. Development of new research paradigms engaging multiple partners.
My past studies have explored the reproductive behavioral ecology of frogs and toads.
Why This Research is Important
Over one-third of amphibians and almost 50 percent of turtles are threatened with extinction worldwide, yet we know very little about their general ecology and the main threats that are affecting them. Both taxonomic groups are considered ideal indicators of environmental degradation owing to their reliance on both aquatic and terrestrial habitats and their central position in food webs. Ecological and conservation biology research can aid management decisions regarding these iconic faunal groups, preserving them for generations to come.
- Oregon State University, Department of Zoology, Ph.D. Breeding ecology of amphibians in the Cascade Range of Oregon 1988
- University of California, San Diego, B.A. Major: Biology; Concentration Area: Population Ecology; Minor: Philosophy 1980
- PNW representative, Intermediate Management Group
2012 - Current
Survey and Manage Program advisory group, Northwest Forest Plan
- Lead, Aquatic Biodivesity in Forests, Division8.02.06, International Union for Forest Research Organizations
2010 - Current
Organized sessions in Seoul at the IUFRO World Congress, and Cork at the Biodiversity subdivision conference.
- Associate Editor, Herpetological Review, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
2000 - Current
In 2008, I initiated the Amphibian Diseases section of the journal.
- Courtesy Faculty, Oregon State University
1990 - Current
I have held positions in the Departments of Zoology, Fisheries and Wildlife, Forest Science, Forest Ecosystems and Society, and the Environmental Science Program, and the program for BioResource Research. Primarily, I co-advise graduate students and mentor undergraduate students who are collaborating with me on research projects.
- National Co-chair, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
2009 - 2012
I wrote the 10-years of PARC report, 2011-State of the Turtle report, and 2012-State of the Lizard report. I helped initiate PARC's annual report process (2 new brochures: 2010 and 2011), two new annual awards (Alison Haskell Award, Visionary Leader Award), and PARC's "year of" campaigns.
- Northwest Regional Co-chair, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
1999 - 2009
- President, Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology
2003 - 2005
- Vice-President, Oregon, Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology
2000 - 2003
- Associate Editor, Northwestern Naturalist, Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology
1993 - 2000
Awards & Recognition
- Alison Haskell Award for Excellence in Herpetological Conservation, 2012
This is a national award given by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation to an individual who has been an "unsung hero" for herpetological conservation
- USFS Senior Leader Program graduate, 2011
This is a national program designed to develop leaders in the US Forest Service.
- PNW Station Director’s Award for Excellence: Distinguished Science Award, 2010
For sustained excellence in the fundamental study of amphibian ecology and the effective delivery of that knowledge to address practical management and policy issues.
- Top 10 Most Cited Papers, 2010
For recent papers published by Elsevier, my paper (Olson et al. 2007) was in the Top 10 for the journal Forest Ecology and Management.
Featured Publications & Products
- Xie, Gisselle Yang; Olson, Deanna H.; Blaustein, Andrew R. 2016. Projecting the global distribution of the emerging amphibian fungal pathogen, batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, based on IPCC climate futures.
- Olson, Deanna H.; Aanensen, David M.; Ronnenberg, Kathryn L.; Powell, Christopher I.; Walker, Susan F.; Bielby, Jon; Garner, Trenton W.J.; Weaver, George; Fisher, Matthew C. 2013. Mapping the global emergence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, the amphibian chytrid fungus.
- Searle, C.L.; Gervasi, S.S.; Hua, J.; Hammond, J.I.; Relyea, R.A.; Olson, D.H.; Blaustein, A.R. 2011. Differential host susceptibility to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, an emerging amphibian pathogen.
- Grant, Evan H Campbell; Muths, Erin; Katz, Rachel A; Canessa, Stefano; Adams, Michael J; Ballard, Jennifer R; Berger, Lee; Briggs, Cheryl J; Coleman, Jeremy TH; Gray, Matthew J; Harris, M Camille; Harris, Reid N; Hossack, Blake; Huyvaert, Kathryn P; Kolby, Jonathan; Lips, Karen R; Lovich, Robert E; McCallum, Hamish I; Mendelson, Joseph R; Nanjappa, Priya; Olson, Deanna H; Powers, Jenny G; Richgels, Katherine LD; Russell, Robin E; Schmidt, Benedikt R; Spitzen-van der Sluijs, Annemarieke; Watry, Mary Kay; Woodhams, Douglas C; White, C LeAnn. 2017. Using decision analysis to support proactive management of emerging infectious wildlife diseases.
- Olson, Deanna H.; Burton, Julia I. 2014. Near-term effects of repeated-thinning with riparian buffers on headwater stream vertebrates and habitats in Oregon, USA.
- Kluber, Matthew R.; Olson, Deanna H.; Puettmann, Klaus J. 2009. Downed wood microclimates and their potential impact on plethodontid salamander habitat in the Oregon Coast Range.
- Olson, Deanna H.; Burnett, Kelly M. 2009. Design and management of linkage areas across headwater drainages to conserve biodiversity in forest ecosystems.
- Shoo, Luke P.; Olson, Deanna H.; McMenamin, Sarah K.; Murray, Kris A.; VanSluys, Monique; Donnelly, Maureen A.; Stratford, Danial; Terhivuo, Juhani; Merino-Viteri, Andres; Herbert, Sarah M.; Bishop, Phillip J.; Corn, Paul Stephen; Dovey, Liz; Griffiths, Richard A.; Lowe, Katrin; Mahony, Michael; McCallum, Hamish; Shuker, Jonathan D.; Simpkins, Clay; Skerratt, Lee F.; Williams, Stephen E.; Hero, Jean-Marc. 2011. Engineering a future for amphibians under climate change.
- Kiester, A. Ross; Olson, Deanna H. 2011. Prime time for turtle conservation.
- Olson, Deanna . 2019. A decade of herpetological disease papers: puzzle pieces of a bigger picture.
- Watts, Andrea ; Olson, Dede ; Harris, Reid ; Mandica, Mark . 2019. The deadly amphibian bsal disease: How science-management partnerships are forestalling amphibian biodiversity losses.
- Reeves, Gordon H.; Olson, Deanna H.; Wondzell, Steven M.; Bisson, Peter A.; Gordon, Sean ; Miller, Stephanie A.; Long, Jonathan W.; Furniss, Michael J. 2018. Chapter 7: The aquatic conservation strategy of the northwest forest plan A review of the relevant science after 23 years.
- Works, Aaron J.; Olson, Deanna H. 2018. Diets of two nonnative freshwater turtle species (Trachemys scripta and Pelodiscus sinensis) in Kawai Nui Marsh, Hawaii.
- Blaustein, Andrew ; Urbina, Jenny ; Snyder, Paul ; Reynolds, Emily ; Dang, Trang ; Hoverman, Jason ; Han, Barbara ; Olson, Deanna ; Searle, Catherine ; Hambalek, Natalie . 2018. Effects of emerging infectious diseases on amphibians: A review of experimental studies.
- Gray, Matthew J.; Allender, Matthew C.; Haman, Katherine H.; Harris, Reid N.; Olson, Deanna H. 2018. Facilitating early detection and rapid response: An alert system to combat emerging herpetofaunal diseases.
- Mims, Meryl C.; Olson, Deanna H.; Pilliod, David S.; Dunham, Jason B. 2018. Functional and geographic components of risk for climate sensitive vertebrates in the Pacific Northwest, USA.
- Adams, Michael J.; Harris, Reid N.; Grant, Evan H. C.; Gray, Matthew J.; Camille Hopkins, M. ; Iverson, Samuel A.; Likens, Robert ; Mandica, Mark ; Olson, Deanna H.; Shepack, Alex ; Waddle, Hardin . 2018. Prepublication communication of research results.
- Penaluna, Brooke E.; Olson, Deanna H.; Flitcroft, Rebecca L.; Weber, Matthew A.; Bellmore, J. Ryan; Wondzell, Steven M.; Dunham, Jason B.; Johnson, Sherri L.; Reeves, Gordon H. 2017. Aquatic biodiversity in forests: a weak link in ecosystem services resilience.
- Roon, David; Dunham, Jason; Harvey, Bret; Bellmore, Ryan, J.; Olson, Deanna; Reeves, Gordon. 2017. Evaluating the ecological trade-offs of riparian thinning for headwater stream ecosystems in second-growth redwood forests.
- Gervasi, Stephanie S.; Stephens, Patrick R.; Hua, Jessica; Searle, Catherine L.; Xie, Gisselle Yang; Urbina, Jenny; Olson, Deanna H.; Bancroft, Betsy A.; Weis, Virginia; Hammond, John I.; Relyea, Rick A.; Blaustein, Andrew R.; Lötters, Stefan. 2017. Linking ecology and epidemiology to understand predictors of multi-host responses to an emerging pathogen, the amphibian chytrid fungus.
- Iwanowicz, Deborah D.; Schill, William B.; Olson, Deanna H.; Adams, Michael J.; Densmore, Christine; Cornman, R. Scott; Adams, Cynthia; Figiel, Jr., Chester.; Anderson, Chauncey W.; Blaustein, Andrew R.; Chestnut, Tara. 2017. Potential concerns with analytical methods used for the detection of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans from archived DNA of amphibian swab samples, Oregon, USA.
- Leach, J. A.; Olson, D. H.; Anderson, P. D.; Eskelson, B. N. I. 2017. Spatial and seasonal variability of forested headwater stream temperatures in western Oregon, USA.
- Burton, Julia I.; Olson, Deanna H.; Puettmann, Klaus J. 2016. Effects of riparian buffer width on wood loading in headwater streams after repeated forest thinning.
- Foster, Alex D.; Olson, Deanna H.; Jones, Lawrence L.C. 2015. 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.
- Gray, Matthew J.; Lewis, James P.; Nanjappa, Priya; Klocke, Blake; Pasmans, Frank; Martel, An; Stephen, Craig; Parra Olea, Gabriela; Smith, Scott A.; Sacerdote-Velat, Allison; Christman, Michelle R.; Williams, Jennifer M.; Olson, Deanna H.; Hogan, Deborah A. 2015. Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans: The North American response and a call for action.
- Olson, Deanna. 2015. Contributor to chapter 1, Amphibian Conservation. In: What works in conservation: 2015.
- Bradley, Paul W.; Gervasi, Stephanie S.; Hua, Jessica; Cothran, Rickey D.; Relyea, Rick A.; Olson, Deanna H.; Blaustein, Andrew R. 2015. Differences in sensitivity to the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis among amphibian populations.
- Mazza, Rhonda; Olson, Deanna (Dede). 2015. Heed the head: buffer benefits along headwater streams.
- Olson, Deanna; Crisafulli, Charlie. 2014. Conservation Assessment for the Van Dyke's Salamander (Plethodon vandykei) Version 1.0.
- Foster, Alex ; Olson, Deanna H. 2014. Conservation assessment for the Cope s Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon copei) Version 1.0.
- Chestnut, Tara; Anderson, Chauncey; Popa, Radu; Blaustein, Andrew R.; Voytek, Mary; Olson, Deanna H.; Kirshtein, Julie. 2014. Heterogeneous occupancy and density estimates of the pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in waters of North America.
- Ruzicka, Kenneth J., Jr..; Puettmann, Klaus J.; Olson, Deanna H. 2014. Management of riparian buffers: upslope thinning with downslope impacts.
- Barela, Kimberly L.; Olson, Deanna H. 2014. Mapping the western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata) and painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) in western North America.
- Olson, Deanna H.; Kluber, Matthew R. 2014. Plethodontid salamander distributions in managed forest headwaters in western Oregon.
- Olson, Deanna H.; Leirness, Jeffery B.; Cunningham, Patrick G.; Ashley Steel, E. 2014. Riparian buffers and forest thinning: Effects on headwater vertebrates 10 years after thinning.
- Olson, Deanna H.; Chestnut, Tara. 2014. Trouble in the aquatic world: how wildlife professionals are battling amphibian declines.
- Burton, Julia I.; Ares, Adrian; Mulford, Sara E.; Olson, Deanna H.; Puettmann, Klaus J. 2013. Above-ground carbon storage, downed wood, and understory plant species richness after thinning in western Oregon.
- Wessell-Kelly, Stephanie J.; Olson, Deanna H. 2013. Community structure of vascular plants, arthropods, amphibians, and mollusks in managed forests of the Pacific Northwest (USA).
- Olson, Deanna H.; Burnett, Kelly M. 2013. Geometry of forest landscape connectivity: pathways for persistence.
- Burton, Julia I.; Olson, Deanna H.; Puettmann, Klaus J. 2013. Headwater stream flow, climate variation, and riparian buffers with thinning in western Oregon.
- Gervasi, Stephanie; Gondhalekar, Carmen; Olson, Deanna H.; Blaustein, Andrew R. 2013. Host identity matters in the amphibian-Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis system: fine-scale patterns of variation in responses to a multi-host pathogen.
- Anderson, Paul D.; Olson, Deanna H.; Ares, Adrian. 2013. Initial riparian down wood dynamics in relation to thinning and buffer width.
- Wessell-Kelly, Stephanie J.; Olson, Deanna H. 2013. Leave islands as refugia for low-mobility species in managed forest mosaics.
- Kluber, Matthew R.; Olson, Deanna H.; Puettmann, Klaus J. 2013. Log and soil temperature profiles in managed headwater sub-basins in the Oregon coast range: implications for wildlife habitat.
- Burton, Julia I.; Ares, Adrian; Olson, Deanna H.; Puettmann, Klaus J. 2013. Management trade-off between aboveground carbon storage and understory plant species richness in temperate forests.
- Kluber, Matthew R.; Olson, Deanna H.; Puettmann, Klaus J. 2013. No effects of thinning with riparian buffers on terrestrial salamanders in headwater forests 5 to 6 years post-harvest in western Oregon.
- Kluber, Matthew R.; Olson, Deanna H. 2013. Plethodontid salamander population ecology in managed forest headwaters in the Oregon coast range.
- Olson, Deanna H. 2013. Riparian buffers and thinning in headwater drainages in western Oregon: aquatic vertebrates and habitats.
- Ruzicka, Kenneth J., Jr..; Olson, Deanna H.; Puettmann, Klaus J. 2013. The intertwining paths of the density managment and riparian buffer study and the Northwest Forest Plan.
- Ares, Adrian; Olson, Deanna H.; Puettmann, Klaus J. 2013. Thinning and riparian buffer configuration effects on down wood abundance in headwater streams in coniferous forests.
- Parks, Noreen; Olson, Deanna H. 2011. Engineering a future for amphibians under a changing climate.
- Paoletti, David J.; Olson, Deanna H.; Blaustein, Andrew R. 2011. Responses of foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii) larvae to an introduced predator.
- Bancroft, Betsy A.; Han, Barbara A.; Searle, Catherine L.; Biga, Lindsay M.; Olson, Deanna H.; Kats, Lee B.; Lawler, Joshua J.; Blaustein, Andrew R. 2011. Species-level correlates of susceptibility to the pathogenic amphibian fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the United States.
- Oliver, Marie; Burnett, Kelly; Olson, Deanna. 2010. Linked in: connecting riparian areas to support forest biodiversity.
- Thompson, Jonathan; Raphael, Martin; Molina, Randy; Marcot, Bruce; Olson, Deanna. 2008. Conservation of biological diversity: all things considered.
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