Scott J Chiavacci

Biography

Scott is an ecologist with the Science and Decisions Center (SDC; https://www2.usgs.gov/sdc/).  His work at USGS has focused primarily on inventorying and understanding methods used to assess habitat quality and functionality in biodiversity and habitat markets.  However, he remains involved in a range of projects in collaboration with researchers from within and outside the USGS.  Completed and ongoing projects include:

  • Creation of a database detailing quantification tools used to assess habitat quality and functionality in biodiversity and habitat markets (collaboration with Emily Pindilli (SDC) and USDA Office of Environmental Markets)
  • Writing a how-to guide to help biodiversity and habitat market participants develop quantification tools (collaboration with Emily Pindilli (SDC) and USDA Office of Environmental Markets)
  • Creation of a database of National Geospatial Program elevation projects to improve project organization, tracking, and review (collaboration with USGS National Geospatial Program)
  • Quantifying the economic benefits of using geologic maps to increase rates of radon testing in homes (collaboration with SDC economists, University of Kentucky School of Nursing, and Kentucky Geological Survey)

 

Prior to joining the USGS, Scott was as an Associate Quantitative Ecologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey where he studied factors impacting freshwater mussels of conservation concern.  He has also studied behavior, physiology, reproduction, predation, diet, and habitat selection in birds, snakes, mammals, and insects.  Informing the management of species of conservation concern represented the core of his previous work, some of which he continues as a Research Affiliate with the Illinois Natural History Survey.  Examples of his previous work include understanding how habitat conditions across spatial scales influence predation on bird nests, the behavioral and physiological responses of adult and nestling birds to predation risk, the impact of altered hydrology on bird diets, and the link between habitat features and insect emergence patterns. 

EDUCATION

2016, Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2010, M.S., Biology, Arkansas State University

2007, B.S., Wildlife & Fisheries Science, The Pennsylvania State University