Dr. Brenda McComb assumed the role of dean of the Graduate School in April 2011. Brenda was Head of the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, her academic home, prior to her appointment to the Graduate School.
Her research interests include quantifying the effects of land management practices on the abundance and distribution of vertebrates as a result of habitat change. Land management activities including forest management and development have local effects and can have cumulative impacts on habitat availability for terrestrial vertebrates. Considering the potential impacts on biodiversity prior to taking a management action can help to minimize adverse effects of management and identify key areas for habitat restoration. In addition, she recently taught graduate courses in Forest Habitat Management and in Research Methods. She held faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky and Oregon State, and administrative appointments at the University of Massachusetts and with the US EPA before returning to OSU in 2009.
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