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Scott H. Stoleson

Research Wildlife Biologist
PO Box 267
United States

Phone: 814-563-1080
Fax: 814-563-1048
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Current Research

My research examines the impacts of forest management practices on the distribution, abundance, and demography of vertebrate populations, and quantification of the habitat requirements of wildlife communities and species of special concern on the Allegheny Plateau.

  • Assessment of the impact of timber management on the abundance and demography of cerulean warblers.
  • Understanding the frequency and costs/benefits of use of clearcuts by forest interior birds in the post-fledging period.
  • Assessment of impacts of an herbicide tank mix on avian, mammal, and herp communities in Allegheny hardwood forests.
  • Assessment of the effects of prescribed fire on wildlife taxa of concern.

Research Interests

  • Develop silvicultural guidelines for maintaining or enhancing habitat quality for cerulean warblers and other forest bird species of high conservation concern.
  • Develop a wildlife community component to the SILVAH decision support system to predict responses of suites of vertebrate species to silvicultural treatments and to better integrate wildlife habitat as a management goal.
  • Because not all species are of equal conservation concern, standard metrics such as species counts and diversity indices provide only a partial picture of the impacts of management on natural communities. With partners at the U.S. Aviary, I will develop and implement a conservation value metric as a tool to evaluate the contribution of communities based on existing conservation priority, such as the Partners in Flight prioritization scores or heritage rankings
  • Determine the local and cumulative effects of oil and gas development on forest wildlife.

Why This Research is Important

Managers of public lands are mandated to manage for multiple objectives, including maintaining biodiversity. Populations of many forest birds have declined in recent decades, raising concerns about their viability in working forest landscapes. Scientifically sound information on the habitat requirements of these species and how they respond to management practices is essential for managers to maintain these species effectively.


  • Yale University, Ph.D. Wildlife Ecology 1996
  • Dartmouth College, A.B. Biological Sciences 1979

Professional Experience

  • Research Wildlife Biologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Albuquerque, NM
    1997 - 2002

Professional Organizations

  • Association of Field Ornithologists, Governing Board Representative (2012 - Current)
  • Cooper Ornithological Society, Chair (2012 - Current)
  • Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology, Board Member (2012 - Current)
  • Pennsylvania Biological Survey, Committee Member (2009 - Current)
  • Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Research Associate (2007 - Current)
  • The Wildlife Society, Member (2002 - Current)
  • Wilson Ornithological Society, Member (1987 - Current)
  • American Ornithologists' Union, Elected Member (1984 - Current)
  • Ecological Society of America, Committee Member (2002 - 2009)

Awards & Recognition

  • Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology's Earl Poole Award, 2014
    "for significant contributions to Pennsylvania's ornithology, and his serving as an important role model for upcoming ornithologists"
  • Partners in Flight Outstanding Research Award (Cerulean Warbler Technical Group, Research Team), 2013
    for exceptional contributions to the field of landbird conservation

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Research Highlights


Changes in Black Cherry on the Allegheny Plateau

Increased tree mortality, decreased seed production, and seedling growth. Managers and scientists have been observing these changes in black che ...


Conservation of Cerulean Warblers Requires Both Dense and Gappy Forest Habitat

Cerulean warblers, a declining migratory songbird, nest in mature, gappy deciduous forest and management guidelines are based on those nesting r ...


Conventional Oil and Gas Development Alters Songbird Communities

A Forest Service scientist and partners found that as the density of oil and gas wells increased, the amount of core forest habitat decreased sh ...


Long-Term Differences in Forests With Different Deer Densities

Thirty years after a study on the effects of deer on forest ecosystems established new forest stands at deer densities ranging from 10 to 64 dee ...


SILVAH’s Gone Wild!

The SILVAH decision-support tool has provided foresters in the mid-Atlantic region a scientifically based and systematic approach to forest inve ...


Scientists Study Long-term Response of Ground Beetle Communities to an Operational Herbicide Application

Ground beetles comprise a large and diverse group of mostly predatory beetles that have long been recognized as a useful barometer of ecosystem ...


Timber Harvests Create Beneficial Habitat for Forest Birds

Many songbird species that require intact, mature forest for breeding have been found by Forest Service researchers to move into young thickets ...


Using New Technology To Track a Rare Songbird During Migration

The cerulean warbler is a tiny forest bird in big trouble. To better understand where these birds go when they migrate out of their Appalachian ...


Last updated on : 02/27/2021