David S Pilliod

My research focuses on evaluating effects of disturbances, such as wildfire and invasive species, and effectiveness of restoration in a variety of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.


I lead a team of scientists that develop tools and models to improve understanding of ecological systems and solve challenging problems in natural resource management. We primarily address questions related to wildlife habitat, species conservation, and restoration. Our research team also develops data management and decision support systems to facilitate adaptive management, especially in western rangelands. We primarily work on issues affecting the Intermountain West and Great Basin regions of the U.S. 


Ph.D. Ecology, 2001, Idaho State University

B.A. Biology, 1991, University of California - Santa Cruz



Monitoring design, amphibian and reptile biology, wildlife ecology, stream ecology, fire ecology


Research Interests

inventory and monitoring, wildlife-habitat relationships, population dynamics, disturbance ecology, conservation biology