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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.
- 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
- 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
Featured Publications & Products
- 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.
- 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.; Sadoti, Giancarlo. 2010. Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus).
- Gehlbach, Frederick R.; Stoleson, Scott H. 2010. Western Screech-Owl (Megascops kennicottii).
- Cartron, Jean-Luc E.; Kennedy, Patricia L.; Yaksich, Rob; Stoleson, Scott H. 2010. Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii).
Publications & Products
- Thomas, Emily H.; Brittingham, Margaret C.; Stoleson, Scott H. 2014. Conventional oil and gas development alters forest songbird communities.
- 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.
- Stoleson, Scott H. 2013. Condition varies with habitat choice in postbreeding forest birds.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 ...