Ober, Holly

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Associate Dean for Science Outreach and Program Leader for Forestry & Natural Resources Extension
Dean's Office
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Outreach and Engagement
Office Location: 

311 Peavy Forest Science Center (PFSC)

Ph.D., Forest Science and Wildlife Science, Oregon State University
M.S., Wildlife Conservation and Management, University of Arizona
B.S., Biology, Duke University
Research Interests: 
  • Forest Ecology
  • Wildlife Ecology
Research statement: Dr. Ober conducts applied research that seeks to increase understanding of the mechanisms that influence wildlife habitat selection and productivity in forests, with the intention of informing conservation and management strategies.
Holly Ober holds a doctorate from Oregon State University (dual degree from the department of Forest Science and department of Fisheries and Wildlife), a master’s degree from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. Prior to joining OSU as Associate Dean, she served as Associate Program Leader for Natural Resources in Extension and was a Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida.
Selected Publications: 
  1. Hughes, M.J., E.C. Braun de Torrez, and H.K. Ober. 2021. Big bats binge bad bugs: variation in crop pest consumption by common bat species. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 314
  2. Jones, G.M., L. Smith, I.G.W. Gottlieb, H.K. Ober, B. Brosi, and R.J. Fletcher. 2020. Herpetofaunal responses to intensification of woody bioenergy production in a global biodiversity hotspot. Forest Ecology and Management 477
  3. Ober, H.K., G.M. Jones, I.G.W. Gottlieb, S.A. Johnson, L. Smith, B. Brosi, and R.J. Fletcher. 2020. Bat community response to intensification of biomass production for bioenergy across the southeastern United States. Ecological Applications 30
  4. Loy, X., D. Gruenewald, I.G.W. Gotttlieb, E.K. Dobbs, A.S. Miljanic, J. Botsch, Jamieson, B. Lawley, H.K. Ober, L. Smith, R.J. Fletcher Jr, and B.J. Brosi. 2020. The impacts of bioenergy pine plantation management practices on bee communities. Journal of Applied Ecology 57: 952-962
  5. Sheherazade, H.K. Ober, and S. Tsang. 2019. Contribution of bats to the local economy through durian pollination in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Biotropica 51: 913-922
  6. Bailey, A.M., B. Reichert, H.K. Ober, and R.A. McCleery. 2019. Canopy cover shapes bat diversity across an urban and agricultural landscape mosaic. Environmental Conservation 46: 193-200
Extension Title: 
Program Leader for Forestry & Natural Resources Extension