Scott Goetz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center. His research focuses on invasive Brown Treesnakes in Guam as part of the USGS Brown Treesnake Project.
Scott Goetz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center. His research is primarily focused on invasive Brown Treesnakes in Guam as part of the USGS Brown Treesnake Project and invasive reptiles in the southeastern United States. He is particularly interested in how ecology and behavior influence the success of introduced species and how better understanding of these aspects can improve invasive species management. He has broad research interest including invasive ecology, behavior, physiology, immunology, animal movement, and conservation biology with the underlying theme that his work focuses specifically on amphibians and reptiles.
2022 - Present, Postdoctoral Researcher, U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, Fort Collins, CO
2019 - 2022, Postdoctoral Researcher, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, CO
2018 - 2019, Postdoctoral Researcher, National Wildlife Research Center, Barrigada, Guam
2017 - 2018, Postdoctoral Researcher, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Education and Certifications
Ph.D. Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University, 2017
M.S. Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University, 2011
B.S. Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Kentucky University, 2005
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Tegus survive winter in a temperate climate
Foraging behavior in a generalist snake (brown treesnake, Boiga irregularis) with implications for avian reintroduction and recovery
Brown treesnake mortality after aerial application of toxic baits
Argentine Black and White Tegu (Salvator merianae) can survive the winter under semi-natural conditions well beyond their current invasive range
Evaluating lethal toxicant doses for the largest individuals of an invasive vertebrate predator with indeterminate growth
Validating deployment of aerially delivered toxic bait cartridges for control of invasive brown treesnakes
Highly competent native snake hosts extend the range of an introduced parasite beyond its invasive Burmese python host
Biology, Impacts and Control of Invasive Reptiles in the Pacific
USGS Brown Treesnake Laboratory - Guam
Control and Landscape-Scale Suppression of the Invasive Brown Treesnake
Brown Treesnake Mortality Habitat Management Unit Guam 2019
Temperature data for tegu lizard study in Auburn, Alabama 2017-2018
Failed Brown Treesnake bait cartridges from an aerially application in Guam, 2018
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Tegus survive winter in a temperate climateNo abstract available.
Foraging behavior in a generalist snake (brown treesnake, Boiga irregularis) with implications for avian reintroduction and recoveryBroad foraging classifications, such as generalist or specialist forager, are generally beneficial for population management in defining expectations of typical behavior. However, better understanding as to how individual variance in behavior interfaces with management actions, such as control of an invasive predator (such as brown treesnakes; Boiga irregularis) responsible for ecological collapse
Brown treesnake mortality after aerial application of toxic baitsQuantitative evaluation of control tools for managing invasive species is necessary to assess overall effectiveness and individual variation in treatment susceptibility. Invasive brown treesnakes (Boiga irregularis) on Guam have caused severe ecological and economic effects, pose a risk of accidental introduction to other islands, and are the greatest impediment to the reestablishment of extirpate
Argentine Black and White Tegu (Salvator merianae) can survive the winter under semi-natural conditions well beyond their current invasive rangeThe Argentine Black and White Tegu (Salvator merianae, formerly Tupinambis merianae) is a large lizard from South America. Now established and invasive in southern Florida, and it poses threats to populations of many native species. Models suggest much of the southern United States may contain suitable temperature regimes for this species, yet there is considerable uncertainty regarding either the
Evaluating lethal toxicant doses for the largest individuals of an invasive vertebrate predator with indeterminate growthThe brown treesnake (Boiga irregularis) was accidentally introduced to Guam and caused severe ecological and economic damages. Acetaminophen is an effective, low-risk oral toxicant for invasive brown treesnakes, and an automated aerial delivery system (ADS) has been developed for landscape-scale toxic bait distribution. A fixed dose of 80 mg of acetaminophen within a tablet inserted into a dead ne
Validating deployment of aerially delivered toxic bait cartridges for control of invasive brown treesnakesAerial application of management tools can provide a cost‐effective means to conserve or control wildlife populations at the landscape scale. Large spatial scales, however, present difficulties when assessing in situ reliability and integrity of the devices themselves. We demonstrate application of a distance‐sampling density estimation approach to assess the performance of a newly developed toxic
Highly competent native snake hosts extend the range of an introduced parasite beyond its invasive Burmese python hostInvasive Burmese pythons (Python bivittatus ) have introduced a nonnative pentastomid parasite (Raillietiella orientalis ) to southern Florida that has spilled over to infect native snakes. However, the extent of spillover, regarding prevalence and intensity, is unknown. We examined native snakes (n = 523) and invasive pythons (n = 1003) collected from Florida to determine the degree to which pa
Biology, Impacts and Control of Invasive Reptiles in the PacificResearch on Guam has led to development and validation of numerous effective control tools, including the advancement of reptile control to support native species recovery.
USGS Brown Treesnake Laboratory - GuamUSGS scientists and staff associated with the Brown Treesnake Project are co-located at the Guam National Wildlife Refuge at the northern end of Guam in the western Pacific Ocean. Project staff work on developing and testing control tools for invasive brown treesnakes, as well as understanding their impacts on Guam's ecosystems. Project staff also lead the multi-agency Brown Treesnake Rapid...
Control and Landscape-Scale Suppression of the Invasive Brown TreesnakeThe Brown Treesnake is a highly destructive reptile species that has extirpated many native species of birds, bats, and lizards from the U.S. Territory of Guam. For more than two decades branch scientists with the Invasive Reptile Project have developed, validated, and tested the feasibility of Brown Treesnake control and suppression at various spatial scales.
Brown Treesnake Mortality Habitat Management Unit Guam 2019The dataset contains 16 columns of data collected on invasive Brown Treesnakes (Boiga irregularis) at a study site known as the Habitat Management Unit (HMU) in northern Guam. Snakes were fitted with radio-transmitters and teams of 2-4 biologist listened for signals from transmitters every seven days to determine if snakes were alive or dead. Survival data was then modeled in Program MARK to asses
Temperature data for tegu lizard study in Auburn, Alabama 2017-2018The dataset contains 11 columns of data collected 2017-2018 during a study to assess the ability of invasive Argentine Black and White Tegu (Salvator merianae) to survive in temperate climates of the southeastern USA. Lizards were individually housed in outdoor semi-natural enclosures on the campus of Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, USA. Database contains tegu identification number, sex, and
Failed Brown Treesnake bait cartridges from an aerially application in Guam, 2018The dataset contains 6 columns of data collected during line transect surveys (Line) that evaluated bait cartridge efficacy for Brown Treesnake control on Guam. Two-person teams recorded all bait cartridges observed while walking the center line of transects in the Habitat Management Unit (HMU). Perpendicular distance (DIST (m)) to cartridges from center line was measured to the nearest 0.005 mete