Scott McWilliams

  • Professor of Wildlife Ecology & Physiology
  • Department of Natural Resources Science
  • Phone: 401.874.7531
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Scott McWilliams is a professor of wildlife ecology and physiology at URI. He received his Ph.D. in wildlife ecology from University of California at Davis, USA, and his M.Sc. in animal ecology from Iowa State University. He conducted his postdoctoral training in wildlife ecology at University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA. He studies the ecology and behavior and physiology of wild vertebrates, mostly waterfowl, upland gamebirds, and neotropical migrating songbirds. Current research topics include habitat use, diet, and nutrition of arctic-nesting geese, sea ducks, and migratory songbirds; forest management to support healthy bird populations; exercise physiology of migratory birds; effects of climate change on migratory birds; how offshore wind farms affect migratory sea ducks and seabirds. He has authored over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society and has provided technical consultant support for both the quantitative assessment of offshore renewable energy facility impacts on migratory birds as well as the avian injury assessment for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.