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Project Leads


Scott F. Pearson, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and Westside Research Team Leader
Scott on a coastal Island with an infrared burrow probe used to assess burrow occupancy and reproductive success for burrow nesting species like the rhinoceros auklet and tufted puffin


Research Focus
Shorebird and seabird ecology, and Puget prairie ecology 

Ph.D., University of Washington
M.S., University of Michigan
B.S., University of Michigan

University Affiliations
Affiliate Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology, University of Washington

Museum Research Associate, The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington

Scott F. Pearson, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist and Westside Research Team Leader

Dr. Pearson joined WDFW in 2000.  His research is focused primarily on assessing population status and trends, diet, habitat use and quality, evaluating the effectiveness of conservation efforts, and identifying mechanisms responsible for population declines. 

Scott has been studying avian ecology for over 20 years.  Scott’s previous research focused on evaluating the importance of various food resources to migrant and over-wintering birds, the behavioral and ecological aspects of hybridization in warblers, and identifying the habitat features important to bird reproduction and survival.  After completing his postdoc at the University of Florida, Scott worked as the Westside Natural Areas Ecologist for Washington Department of Natural Resources.

As an associate faculty member at the University of Washington, Scott works with graduate students and faculty to help address questions of management concern.

Current Research

Selected Publications