Scott H. Stoleson
Research Wildlife Biologist
PO Box 267
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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.
- 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
- Research Wildlife Biologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Albuquerque, NM
1997 - 2002
- 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
Featured Publications & Products
- Stoleson, Scott H. 2013. Condition varies with habitat choice in postbreeding forest birds.
- Thomas, Emily H.; Brittingham, Margaret C.; Stoleson, Scott H. 2014. Conventional oil and gas development alters forest songbird communities.
- Katzner, Todd; Miller, Tricia; Stoleson, Scott. 2014. Quest for safer skies: Modeling golden eagles and wind energy to reduce turbine risk.
- Trager, Matthew D.; Ristau, Todd E.; Stoleson, Scott H.; Davidson, Robert L.; Acciavatti, Robert E. 2013. Carabid beetle responses to herbicide application, shelterwood seed cut and insect defoliator outbreaks.
- Royo, Alejandro ; Vickers, Lance ; Long, Robert ; Ristau, Todd ; Stoleson, Scott ; Stout, Susan L. 2021. The Forest of Unintended Consequences: Anthropogenic Actions Trigger the Rise and Fall of Black Cherry.
- Jones, Todd M.; Brawn, Jeffrey D.; Ausprey, Ian J.; Vitz, Andrew C.; Rodewald, Amanda D.; Raybuck, Douglas W.; Boves, Than J.; Fiss, Cameron J.; McNeil, Darin J.; Stoleson, Scott H.; Larkin, Jeffery L.; Cox, W. Andrew; Schwarzer, Amy C.; Horsley, Noah P.; Trumbo, Evalynn M.; Ward, Michael P. 2020. Parental benefits and offspring costs reflect parent offspring conflict over the age of fledging among songbirds.
- Stout, Susan L.; Brose, Patrick H.; Cleveland, Helene ; Long, Robert P.; McGuinness, Barbara ; Peters, Matthew P.; Rebbeck, Joanne ; Ristau, Todd ; Royo, Alejandro A.; Stoleson, Scott H.; Thomasma, Scott ; Twery, Mark J.; Wurzbacher, Sarah . 2019. Fifty years of science-management cooperation from the SILVAH community of practice.
- Raybuck, Douglas ; Larkin, Jeffery ; Stoleson, Scott ; Boves, Than J. 2019. Radio-tracking reveals insight into survival and dynamic habitat selection of fledgling Cerulean Warblers.
- Stoleson, Scott H. 2019. Silviculture and bird habitat.
- Lott, Casey A.; Akresh, Michael E.; Elmore, Andrew J.; Fiss, Cameron J.; Fitzpatrick, Matthew C.; Joos, Cara J.; King, David I; McNeil, Darin J.; Stoleson, Scott H.; Larkin, Jeffery L. 2019. What evidence exists for landbird species-environment relationships in eastern temperate and boreal forests of North America A systematic map protocol.
- Matthews, Alix E.; Larkin, Jeffery L.; Raybuck, Douglas W.; Slevin, Morgan C.; Stoleson, Scott H.; Boves, Than J. 2017. Feather mite abundance varies but symbiotic nature of mite-host relationship does not differ between two ecologically dissimilar warblers.
- Raybuck, Douglas W.; Larkin, Jeffrey L.; Stoleson, Scott H.; Boves, Than J. 2017. Mixed effects of geolocators on reproduction and survival of Cerulean Warblers, a canopy-dwelling, long-distance migrant.
- Stoleson, Scott; Ordiway, Linda; Thomas, Emily H.; Watts, Donald. 2016. A mobile target-netting technique for canopy birds.
- Smith, D. Max; Finch, Deborah M.; Stoleson, Scott H. 2014. Nest-location and nest-survival of black-chinned hummingbirds in New Mexico: A comparison between rivers with differing levels of regulation and invasion of nonnative plants.
- Cartron, Jean-Luc E.; Finch, Deborah M.; Hawksworth, David L.; Stoleson, Scott H. 2013. Nesting ecology and nest success of the Blue Grosbeak along two rivers in New Mexico.
- Tomosy, Monica; Stoleson, Scott H.; King, David I. 2011. A century of avian research on USFS Experimental Forests and Ranges: Introduction to the special section on long-term avian research on Experimental Forests and Ranges.
- Stoleson, Scott H.; King, David I.; Tomosy, Monica. 2011. Avian research on Experimental Forests and Ranges: Emergent themes, opportunities, and challenges.
- Nuttle, Tim; Yerger, Ellen H.; Stoleson, Scott H.; Ristau, Todd E. 2011. Legacy of top-down herbivore pressure ricochets back up multiple trophic levels in forest canopies over 30 years.
- Stoleson, Scott H.; Ristau, Todd E.; deCalesta, David S.; Horsley, Stephen B. 2011. Ten-year response of a forest bird community to an operational herbicide-shelterwood treatment in Allegheny hardwoods.
- Ristau, Todd E.; Stoleson, Scott H.; Horsley, Stephen B.; deCalesta, David S. 2011. Ten-year response of the herbaceous layer to an operational herbicide-shelterwood treatment in a northern hardwood forest.
- Stoleson, Scott H. 2010. Alder flycatcher.
- Dey, Daniel C.; Royo, Alejandro A.; Brose, Patrick H.; Hutchinson, Todd F.; Spetich, Martin A.; Stoleson, Scott H. 2010. An ecologically based approach to oak silviculture: a synthesis of 50 years of oak ecosystem research in North America.
- Stoleson, Scott H.; Larkin, Jeffery. L. 2010. Breeding birds of Pennsylvania: forest communities.
- Stoleson, Scott H.; Sechler, Frederick C., Jr. 2010. Cerulean warbler.
- Cartron, Jean-Luc E.; Kennedy, Patricia L.; Yaksich, Rob; Stoleson, Scott H. 2010. Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii).
- Gehlbach, Frederick R.; Stoleson, Scott H. 2010. Western Screech-Owl (Megascops kennicottii).
- Stoleson, Scott H.; Sadoti, Giancarlo. 2010. Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus).
- Brose, Patrick H.; Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Horsley, Stephen B.; Knopp, Peter D.; Kochenderfer, James N.; McGuinness, Barbara J.; Miller, Gary W.; Ristau, Todd E.; Stoleson, Scott H.; Stout, Susan L. 2008. Prescribing regeneration treatments for mixed-oak forests in the Mid-Atlantic region.
- Brodhead, Katherine M.; Stoleson, Scott H.; Finch, Deborah M. 2007. Southwestern willow flycatchers (Empidonax traillii extimus) in a grazed landscape: factors influencing brood parasitism.
- Stoleson, Scott H. 2004. Cerulean Warbler Habitat Use in an Oak-Northern Hardwoods Transition Zone: Implications for Management.
- Stoleson, Scott H.; Kirschbaum, Kari Jensen; Fran, Jack; Atwood, Chad J. 2004. From the field: integrating GPS, GIS, and avian call-response surveys using Pocket PCs.
- Stoleson, Scott H.; Finch, Deborah M. 2003. Microhabitat use by breeding Southwestern Willow Flycatchers on the Gila River, New Mexico.
- Finch, Deborah M.; Agyagos, Janie; McCarthey, Tracy; Marshall, Robert M.; Stoleson, Scott H.; Whitfield, Mary J. 2000. Chapter 10: Management recommendations.
- Stoleson, Scott H.; Agyagos, Janie; Finch, Deborah M.; McCarthey, Tracy; Uyehara, Jamie; Whitfield, Mary J. 2000. Chapter 11: Research needs.
- Marshall, Robert M.; Stoleson, Scott H. 2000. Chapter 3: Threats.
- Cartron, Jean-Luc E.; Stoleson, Scott H.; Russell, Stephen M.; Proudfoot, Glenn A.; Richardson, W. Scott. 2000. Chapter 4: The ferruginous pygmy-owl in the tropics and at the northern end of its range: Habitat relations and requirements.
- Stoleson, Scott H.; Whitfield, Mary J.; Sogge, Mark K. 2000. Chapter 8: Demographic characteristics and population modeling.
- Finch, Deborah M.; Stoleson, Scott H. 2000. Status, ecology, and conservation of the southwestern willow flycatcher.
- Cartron, Jean-Luc E.; Stoleson, Scott H.; Johnson, R. Roy. 1999. Riparian dependence, biogeographic status, and likelihood of endangerment in landbirds of the Southwest.
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