University of Vermont

Scott Sillett

Scott Sillett

Adjunct Assistant Professor / Research Scientist-Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

Phone: 202-633-4213
Office: 312D Aiken Center
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Areas of Interest

Migratory birds

Scott studies how events throughout the annual cycle of migratory birds are interconnected and how multiple mechanisms, both natural and human-related, operate to limit and regulate these bird populations.


2000 Ph.D. in Biology, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
1992 M.S. in Zoology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
1989 B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Selected Publications

Robertson, Bruce A., Landis, Douglas A., Sillett, T. Scott, Loomis, Elizabeth R. and Rice, Robert A. Perennial Agroenergy Feedstocks as En Route Habitat for Spring Migratory Birds, BioEnergy Research, 6 (1) 311-320. 2013.

Townsend, Andrea K., Sillett, T. S., Lany, Nina K., Kaiser, Sara A., Rodenhouse, Nicholas L., Webster, Michael S. and Holmes, Richard T. Warm Springs, Early Lay Dates, and Double Brooding in a North American Migratory Songbird, the Black-Throated Blue Warbler, Plos One, 8 (4) 1-9. 2013.

Wilson, Scott, Marra, Peter P. and Sillett, T. Scott. The Effects of Experimental Irrigation on Plant Productivity, Insect Abundance and the Non-Breeding Season Performance of a Migratory Songbird, PLoS ONE, 8 (1) 1-9. 2013.

Rick, Torben C., Hofman, Courtney A., Braje, Todd J., Maldonado, Jesús E., Sillett, T. S., Danchisko, Kevin and Erlandson, Jon M. Flightless ducks, giant mice and pygmy mammoths: Late Quaternary extinctions on California's Channel Islands, World Archaeology, 44 (1) 3-20. 2012.

Robertson, Bruce A., Rice, Robert A., Sillett, T. S., Ribic, Christine A., Babcock, Bruce A., Landis, Douglas A., Herkert, James R., Fletcher, Robert J., Fontaine, Joseph J., Doran, Patrick J. and Schemske, Douglas W. Are Agrofuels a Conservation Threat or Opportunity for Grassland Birds in the United States?, The Condor, 114 (4) 679-688. 2012.

Additional Links

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center