Scott T. Walter

Academic Address



Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Tulane University
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
6823 St. Charles Ave., 400 Lindy Boggs
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (337) 591-1188

I am a wildlife ecologist with 20 years of field research experience. I have studied plants, insects, amphibians, mammals, and birds across a wide range of habitats in the U.S. and several foreign countries. Although I enjoy this broad spectrum of research, my investigations generally focus on avian ecology and conservation. In recent years I have studied nesting and movement ecology of the Brown Pelican, as well as shorebird demographics in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Furthermore, I conduct multi-taxa biodiversity research in the rainforests of Ecuador. I am currently affiliated with Tulane University, the Barrataria-Terrebone National Estuary Program, and the Foundation for the Conservation of the Tropical Andes as a research biologist, and also with the University of New Orleans as an adjunct professor. I have lived and worked in Latin America for over three years, and am very excited to share my knowledge and experience during my Tropical Avian Ecology course at the ITEC field station!


  • Ph.D. 2012 University of Louisiana
  • M.S. 2003 Oregon State University
  • B.S. 1995 Nebraska Wesleyan University

Research Interests

My research employs ecological field studies on wildlife and habitat interactions to understand what factors diminish, or enhance, population viability. As many ecosystems have been degraded, understanding how populations respond to habitat loss and restoration is a core goal of conservation efforts. I currently study avian species, populations, and communities in both coastal island ecosystems in the northern Gulf of Mexico, and in the Chocó rainforest region of Ecuador. To ensure that research results guide management actions I maintain direct links with various conservation institutions, such as the Foundation for the Conservation of the Tropical Andes.

 Recent Publications

Walter, S.T., M.R. Carloss, T.J. Hess, and P.L. Leberg. 2014. In print with Journal of Field Ornithology. Demographic trends of Brown Pelicans in Louisiana before and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Walter, S.T., J.J. Dindo, P.L. Leberg, and J. Karubian. 2014. Factors influencing Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) foraging movement patterns during the breeding season. Canadian Journal of Zoology 92:885-891.

Walter, S.T., M.R. Carloss, T.J. Hess, G. Athrey, and P.L. Leberg. 2013. Movement patterns and population structure of the Brown Pelican. Condor 115:788-799.

Walter, S.T., M.R. Carloss, T.J. Hess, and P.L. Leberg. 2013. Hurricane, habitat degradation, and land loss effects on Brown Pelican nesting colonies. Journal of Coastal Research 29:187-195.

Walter, S.T., M.R. Carloss, T.J. Hess, G. Athrey, and P.L. Leberg. 2013. Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) colony initiation attempts: Translocations and decoys. Waterbirds 36:53-62.

Greenberg, C.H. and S.T. Walter. 2010. Fleshy fruit removal and nutritional composition of winter-fruiting plants: a comparison of non-native invasive and native species. Natural Areas Journal 30:312-321.

Walter, S.T. and C.C. Maguire. 2005. Snags, cavity-nesting birds, and silvicultural treatments in western Oregon. Journal of Wildlife Management 69:1578-1591.

Walter, S.T. and C.C. Maguire. 2004. Conifer response to three silvicultural treatments in the Oregon Coast Range foothills. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 34:1967-1978.