Who We Are

Who We Are

Scott Terrill, Ph.D. (Vice President, Principal)

Scott Terrill, Ph.D. (Vice President, Principal)

Phone: 
408.458.3203
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Expertise: 
Wildlife Ecology
Location: 
San Francisco Bay Area

Dr. Scott Terrill, vice president and the principal in charge of our Wildlife Ecology group, our Hawaii office, and research activities, is an internationally recognized avian ecology and behavior expert, with more than 35 years of experience, 25 of them at H. T. Harvey & Associates. He has made major contributions to the study of bird migration and movements, and also has a strong background in vertebrate community ecology and population biology in terrestrial, estuarine, and marine habitats.

Scott has managed more than 1000 projects at H. T. Harvey & Associates. His expertise extends into all major habitats in western North America, and his experience ranges from throughout North America, Middle and South America, and Europe. His current focus areas are assessing and mitigating the potential effects of solar, wind and marine hydrokinetic projects can have on birds, and applying our wildlife and renewable energy-related expertise to projects in California and other western states and Hawaii.

A few of the notable projects Scott has managed projects include:

  • Assessing and mitigating the cumulative impact of selenium in agricultural drain water on birds in the southern San Joaquin Valley, and monitoring the effectiveness of mitigation measures over a period of more than 20 years
  • Directing the monitoring of potential effects of oceanic dumping of dredge spoils on marine birds and mammals
  • Assessing bird and bat movement and mortality at the Collinsville Montezuma Hills Wind Resource Area for the California Energy Commission
  • Overseeing the biological characterization, risk assessment, and long-term monitoring of endangered species in remediated wetlands at the Concord Naval Weapons Station in Northern California.
  • Completing the wildlife components of the transportation upgrades for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in Santa Clara County, including successfully implementing measures to avoid the take of protected species during construction of the multibillion dollar projects.

Scott has a Ph.D. in biology/ecology from the State University of New York and M.S. and B.S. in zoology from Arizona State University

He is currently an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow of the Max Planck Institute in Germany.


Highlighted Publications:

Berthold, P., and S. B. Terrill. 1991. Recent advances in studies of bird migration. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 22:357–378.

Terrill, S. B. 1991. Evolutionary aspects of orientation and migration in birds. Pages 180–201 in P. Berthold (Editor), Orientation in Birds. Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, Switzerland.