Dr. Betsy (Elizabeth) Glenn

Research Coordinator

US Geological Survey

Responsibilities at SC CSC:

Dr. Glenn assists the Director and Assistant Director with the development and management of research projects. Her work emphasizes effectively integrating climate science into the wildlife management and conservation planning projects supported by the South Central CSC.


Betsy is a population ecologist with expertise in the conservation and management of threatened and endangered species. The majority of her research has addressed responses of wildlife populations in forest ecosystems to changes in habitat and climate. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College, an M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University. Betsy’s dissertation research developed statistical models to examine associations between weather and climate and annual survival, reproduction, and rates of population change of northern spotted owls on six long-term study areas in Washington and Oregon.

Prior to working for the SC CSC, Betsy was the Research Coordinator for the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) in 2016-2017. From 2010-2016, she served as the Northern Spotted Owl Specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Betsy has also worked as a postdoctoral scholar for the University of Montana (2009-2010) where she developed occupancy models for estimating wolf population sizes, as faculty research assistant for Oregon State University on spotted owl research projects, and as a private lands wildlife biologist for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Betsy has served on the board of the Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society as President (2011-2012), Vice President, and Secretary. She has also served as the Vice President of the Northwest Section of The Wildlife Society in 2016-2017.