Betts, Matthew

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Associate Professor
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Office Location: 

201E Richardson Hall

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-3841
Fax Number: 
(541) 737-5814
B.A., 1992, Queen’s University
B.Sc., 1999, University of New Brunswick
M.S., 1995, University of Waterloo
Ph.D., 2005, University of New Brunswick
Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2006, Dartmouth College
Research Areas: 
  • Forest, Wildlife, and Landscape Ecology
  • Integrated Social and Ecological Systems
Research Interests: 
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Wildlife Ecology
(1) Influences of landscape structure on demography of animal populations, (2) Animal movement (particularly dispersal), (3) Population viability modeling, (4) Ecological thresholds, (5) Trophic cascades in forest ecosystems, (6) Species distribution modeling, (7) Socio-political mechanisms to affect sustainable forestry (8) Measuring landscape change.


Graduate Major Advisor
Courses Taught: 
Landscape Ecology
Ecosystem Informatics
Forest Management and Biodiversity Conservation
Selected Publications: 
  1. Root, H. and Betts M.G. 2015. Managing moist temperate forests for bioenergy and biodiversity. Journal of Forestry. http://dx.doi.org/10.5849/jof.14-114
  2. Betts, M.G., Hadley, A.S. and Kress, W.J. 2015. Pollinator recognition by a keystone tropical plant. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 112: 3433–3438.
  3. Gutiérrez Illán, J., Thomas, C.D., Jones, J.A. Wong, W.K., Shirley, S.M. and Betts, M.G. 2014. Precipitation and winter temperature predict long-term range-scale abundance changes in Western North American birds. Global Change Biology 20: 3351–3364.
  4. Betts, M.G., Fahrig, L., Hadley, A.S., Halstead, K.E., Robinson, W.D. Bowman, J., Wiens, J.A., and Lindenmayer, D.B. 2014. A species-centered approach for uncovering generalities in organism responses to habitat loss and fragmentation. Ecography 37:517-527.
  5. Hadley, A.S., Frey, S., Robinson, W.D., Kress, J. and Betts, M.G. 2014. Tropical forest fragmentation limits pollination of a keystone understory herb. Ecology 95: 2202-2212.
  6. Betts, M.G., Verschuyl, J., Giovanini, J., Stokely, T., and Kroll, A.J. 2013. Initial experimental effects of intensive forest management on avian abundance. Forest Ecology and Management 310: 1036-1044.