Scott Loss, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Expertise: ,


  • Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Research Interests

My primary research areas include wildlife ecology and conservation; global change ecology and management; wildlife interactions with energy infrastructure; and the ecology of human-modified ecosystems and  processes (e.g., urbanization, invasive species, and infectious diseases).

Brief Statement

My energy-related research investigates interactions between wildlife and energy infrastructure, with a primary focus on birds and renewable energy sources. I have worked on national efforts to assess the magnitude of risk posed to wildlife populations by wind energy development, and I have led projects studying the characteristics of wind facilities that affect bird and bat collision rates. I am currently a collaborator on a research project funded by the California Energy Commission to: (1) assess the effectiveness of pre-construction risk assessments in predicting actual bird collision mortality at new wind energy facilities, and (2) clarify population level impacts of wind energy on key species of conservation concern. I bring a broad perspective to my energy research, and have studied numerous sources of human-caused wildlife mortality other than energy infrastructure (e.g. buildings, automobiles, invasive species, and infectious diseases). Taking this comprehensive approach, I hope to piece together a picture of how both natural and human-related stressors affect wildlife populations and the landscapes they inhabit.