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Scott Stoleson

Sustaining Forests in a Changing Environment
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Research Wildlife Biologist
PO Box 267
Irvine, PA 16329
Phone: 814-563-1040

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.

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
  • Develop a regional assessment of the relative impacts of timber management on vertebrate populations as a function of forest fragmentation and other landscape-level attributes, using a large-scale fragmentation gradient.

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 Organizations

  • American Ornithologists' Union
  • Association of Field Ornithologists
  • Cooper Ornithological Society
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology
  • Roger Tory Peterson Institute
  • The Wildlife Society
  • Wilson Ornithological Society

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National Research Highlights


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 ...


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 ...


Last updated on : 10/23/2014