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University of Rhode Island
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Phone: (401)874-2026.
Fax: (401)874-4561.
Scott R. McWilliams
Job Title: Professor of Wildlife Ecology & Physiology
Address: Room 116,
Phone: 401-874-7531
Research: Wildlife Ecology and Physiology
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin at Madison (Wildlife Ecology)
  • Ph.D., University of California at Davis (Wildlife & Conservation Biology)
  • M.Sc., Iowa State University (Animal Ecology)
  • B.A., Hiram College (Biology, Psychology, Environmental Studies)
  • Senior Colloquium (NRS 480)
  • Wildlife Field Techniques (NRS 309)
  • Physiological Ecology (NRS 538)
  • Advanced Ecology (EVS 550)

Research Interests

  • Dr. McWilliams' research focuses on the behavior, physiology, and ecology of individuals and how these characteristics determine population-level patterns of resource use, social organization, and interspecific interactions. He is particularly interested in the energetics, nutrition, and digestive physiology of threatened wild vertebrates, in the physiological and ecological implications of body size in herbivorous geese, and in how natural or anthropogenic environmental change impacts the ecology and physiology of wild vertebrates. Recent projects have addressed the life history and ecology of threatened salamanders, habitat selection of ruffed grouse in relation to forest management, physiological ecology of gosling growth in arctic ecosystems, and physiological and behavioral ecology of neotropical migrant songbirds.
Related Links

  1. Alan, R.R. and S.R. McWilliams. 2013. Oxidative stress, circulating antioxidants, and dietary preferences in songbirds. COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY B 164:185-193.  
  2. McWilliams, S.R. and M. Whitman. 2013. Non-destructive techniques to assess body composition of birds: A review and validation study. JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY, in press.  
  3. Blomberg, E., B.C Tefft, J.M. Reed, S.R. McWilliams. 2012. Evaluating spatially explicit viability of a declining ruffed grouse population. JOURNAL OF WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT 76:503-513.  
  4. McKinney, R.A. and S.R. McWilliams. 2012. Energy-based carrying capacities of Bufflehead Bucephala albeola wintering habitats. The Open Ornithology Journal 5:5-17.  
  5. ohen, A., L.B. Martin, J.C. Wingfield, S.R. McWilliams, J.A. Dunne. 2012. Physiological regulatory networks: ecological roles and evolutionary constraints. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27(8):428-435.  
  6. Bauchinger, U. and S.R. McWilliams. 2012. Tissue-specific mass changes during fasting: the protein turnover hypothesis. Chapter 12, pp. 193-206, in M. McCue (ed) The Comparative Physiology of Fasting and Starvation. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.  
  7. Nebel, S., U. Bauchinger, D.M. Buehler, L.A. Langlois, M. Boyles, A.R. Gerson, E.R. Price, S.R. McWilliams, and C.G. Guglielmo. 2012. Constitutive immune function in European starlings Sturnus vulgaris is decreased in response to endurance flight in a wind tunnel. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY 215:272-278  
  8. Winiarski, K., S.R. McWilliams, R. Rockwell. 2012. Rapid environmental degradation in a subarctic ecosystem influences resource use of a keystone avian herbivore. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, in press.  
  9. Ben-Hamo, M., M. McCue, S. McWilliams, B. Pinshow. 2011. Dietary fatty acid composition influences tissue lipid profiles and regulation of body temperature in Japanese quail. JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY B 181:807-816.  
  10. Bauchinger, U. and S.R. McWilliams. 2010. Extent of phenotypic flexibility during long-distance flight is determined by tissue-specific turnover rates: a new hypothesis. JOURNAL OF AVIAN BIOLOGY 41:1-7.  
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