Petro, Vanessa

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Senior Faculty Research Assistant 1
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Office Location: 

306 Richardson Hall

2013, MS, Forest Science, Oregon State University, Oregon
2006, BA, Conservation Ecology, Sterling College, Vermont
2004, AA, Natural Resource Management, Sterling College, Vermont
Research Interests: 
  • Aquatic ecosystems
  • Conservation Biology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Wildlife Ecology
I work with a diversity of stakeholders to deliver impactful research that facilitates effective science based natural resource management. My research supports the USDA National Wildlife Research Center’s mission to reduce human-wildlife conflict specific to forest and aquatic mammals. My contributions have focused on better understanding American beaver ecology and population dynamics, investigating habitat and space use of American black bear, and evaluating the efficacy of existing management strategies to reduce conflict with species such as black-tailed deer, gray-tailed voles, and mountain beaver.
Selected Publications: 
  1. Petro, V., J. Taylor, and D. Sanchez. 2015. Evaluating landowner-based beaver relocation as a tool to restore salmon habitat. Global Ecology and Conservation 3:477-486.
  2. Epps, C., V. Petro, T. Creech, R. Crowhurst, M. Weldy, and J. Taylor. Landscape genetics of American beaver (Castor canadensis) in coastal Oregon. Journal of Wildlife Management 85:1462-1475.
  3. Petro, V., J. Taylor, K. Burnett, and D. Sanchez. 2018. Methods to predict beaver dam occurrence in coastal Oregon. Northwest Science 92:278-289.
  4. Petro, V., J. Stevenson, and J. Taylor. 2020. Assessing beaver occupancy and dam building potential: A case study in the Umpqua Watershed of Southwestern Oregon. Vertebrate Pest Conference 32: 107-111.
  5. Francis, R. A., J. Taylor, E. Dibble, B. Strickland, V. Petro, C. Eastwood, and G. Wang. 2017. Restricted cross-scale habitat selection by American beaver in winter and spring. Current Zoology 63:703-710.