Scott Morrison

Director of Conservation Science, California (joined TNC 2001)

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  • Ph.D., Ecology and Evolution. 2000. Dartmouth College
  • B.S., Biology. 1989. Stanford University

Scott directs the Conservation Science Program of the California Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. In that role, he leads and manages an interdisciplinary team of ~30 scientific and technical experts who ensure that the best available scientific information and practices guide the Chapter’s strategies and initiatives. His research interests include restoration of island ecosystems and understanding how and why ecosystems change when fragmented by human land uses. Prior to joining the Conservancy Scott served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer working on reforestation projects in the mountains of southern Costa Rica.

Research Focus

How should we set conservation priorities and management goals given the degree of human alteration of ecological systems and knowledge of likely impacts of climate change?

 

Select Publications

Morrison, S.A. 2014. A framework for conservation in a human-dominated world. Conservation Biology. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12432.

Morrison, S.A. 2014. A bird in our hand: Weighing uncertainty about the past against uncertainty about the future in Channel Islands National Park. George Wright Forum 31: 77–93.

Pesendorfer, M.B, K.M. Langin, B. Cohen, Z. Principe, S.A. Morrison, T. Scott Sillett. 2014. Stand structure and acorn production of the island scrub oak (Quercus pacifica). Monographs of the Western North American Naturalist. 7:246-259.

Caldwell, L, V. J. Bakker, T. S. Sillett, M. A. Desrosiers, S. A. Morrison, and L. M. Angeloni. 2013. Reproductive ecology of the island scrub-jay. Condor 115: 603–613.

Staudinger, M.D., S. L. Carter, M. S. Cross, N.S. Dubois, J.E. Duffy, C. Enquist, R. Griffis, J.J. Hellmann, J.J. Lawler, J. O’Leary, S.A. Morrison, L. Sneddon, B.A. Stein, L.M. Thompson, and W. Turner. 2013. Biodiversity in a changing climate: A synthesis of current and projected trends in the United States. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11: 465–473.

Yoon, J., T.S. Sillett, S.A. Morrison, and C.K. Ghalambor. 2013. Male’s return rate, rather than territory fidelity and breeding dispersal, explains geographic variation in song sharing in two populations of an oscine passerine (Oreothlypis celata). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67: 1691–1697.

Principe, Z., J. B. MacKenzie, B. Cohen, J.M. Randall, W. Tippets, T. Smith and S.A. Morrison. 2013. 50-Year Climate Scenarios and Plant Species Distribution Forecasts for Setting Conservation Priorities in Southwestern California. The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco, CA.

Gennet, S., J. Howard, J. Langholz, K. Andrews, M. D. Reynolds, and S. A. Morrison. 2013. Farming practices for food safety: An emerging threat to floodplain and riparian ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11: 236–242.

Caldwell, L, V. J. Bakker, T. S. Sillett, M. A. Desrosiers, S. A. Morrison, and L. M. Angeloni. 2013. Reproductive ecology of the island scrub-jay. Condor 115: 603–613.

Sillett, T. S., R. B. Chandler, J. A. Royle, M. Kéry, and S. A. Morrison. 2012. Hierarchical distance sampling models to estimate population size and habitat-specific abundance of an island endemic. Ecological Applications 22: 1997–2006.

Morrison, S.A. , T. S. Sillett, C. K. Ghalambor, J. W. Fitzpatrick,  D. M. Graber, V. J. Bakker, R. Bowman, C.T. Collins, P. W. Collins, K. S. Delaney, D. F. Doak, W. D. Koenig,  L. Laughrin, A. A. Lieberman, J. M. Marzluff, M. D. Reynolds, J. M. Scott, J. A. Stallcup, W. Vickers, and W.M. Boyce. 2011. Proactive conservation management of an island-endemic bird species in the face of global change. BioScience 61: 1013–1021.

Morrison, S. A. 2011. Trophic considerations in eradicating multiple pests. Pp. 208–212. In C. R. Veitch, M. N. Clout,  R. Towns, eds. Island invasives: Eradication and management. IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Gland, Switzerland.

Morrison, S. A. , K. R. Faulkner, L. A. Vermeer, L. Lozier, and M. R. Shaw. 2011. The essential non-science of eradication programmes: Creating conditions for success. Pp. 461–466. In C. R. Veitch, M. N. Clout, and D. R. Towns, eds. Island invasives: Eradication and management. IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Gland, Switzerland.

Saunders, A., J. Parkes, A. Aguirre-Muñoz, and S. A. Morrison. 2011. Increasing the return on investments in island restoration. Pp. 492–495. In C. R. Veitch, M. N. Clout, and D. R. Towns, eds. Island invasives: Eradication and management. IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Gland, Switzerland.

Morrison, S. A. , and W. M. Boyce. 2009. Conserving connectivity: Some lessons from mountain lions in southern California. Conservation Biology 23: 275–285.

Morrison, S. A. 2007. Reducing risk and enhancing efficiency in non-native vertebrate removal efforts on islands: A 25 year multi-taxa retrospective from Santa Cruz Island, CA. Pp. 398–409. In G. W. Witmer, W. C. Pitt, and K. A. Fagerstone, eds. Managing Vertebrate Invasive Species: Proceedings of an International Symposium. USDA/APHIS/WS, National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.

Wilson, K. A., E. C. Underwood, S. A. Morrison, K. R. Klausmeyer, W. W. Murdoch, B. Reyers, G. Wardell-Johnson, P. A. Marquet, P. W. Rundel, M. F. McBride, R. L. Pressey, M. Bode, J. M. Hoekstra, S. J. Andelman, M. Looker, C. Rondinini, P. Kareiva, M. R. Shaw, and H. P. Possingham. 2007. Conserving biodiversity efficiently: What to do, where and when. Public Library of Science Biology 5: e223. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050223.

Morrison, S. A. , N. Macdonald, K. Walker, L. Lozier, and M. R. Shaw. 2007. Facing the dilemma at eradication’s end: Uncertainty of absence and the Lazarus effect. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 5: 271–276.

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