RAO Ecological Consulting / Photographic Services


  • I design and conduct research, monitoring, and survey projects on forest management and forest ecology issues;
  • develop forest and wildlife management plans;
  • conduct literature reviews and summarize the results;
  • analyze data;
  • take photographs for books, brochures, reports, and other information media, and scan 35mm photographs.

I am also a freelance photographer and have had photographs published in magazines and books with national and international distribution.



  • Bachelor of Science with a dual major in Forestry, and Environmental and Forest Biology, from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
  • Masters of Science in Environmental and Forest Biology (Concentration: Wildlife Biology and Management), from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
  • Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Work experience:

  • Current: Sole proprietor of RAO Ecological Consulting/Photographic Services. See the "Services" section above for more detail.
  • Research Forester for 8 years for the Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks, Alaska. (Note: The Tanana Chiefs Conference is a non-profit Native organization that provides social services to the people of 43 Native villages in interior Alaska.).
  • I conducted forestry and forest ecology related research, and assisted with management of Native-owned lands.
  • Forest Health Program Coordinator for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, in Fairbanks, Alaska, for 3 years.
  • I was responsible for managing the statewide Forest Health Program (FHP), overseeing services to state, municipal, and private landowners (including landowner assistance), and coordinating forest health-related activities with the USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry Program and other partners.
  • I also designed and conducted projects to deliver program services in silviculture, entomology, pathology, forest ecology, and integrated pest management to maintain and improve the health of Alaska's forests.


Ecological Consultant to the USDA Forest Service in southeast Alaska; Special Term Appointee with the Environmental Assessment Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois.

Contact RAO Ecological Consulting / Photographic Services

Contact RAO Ecological Consulting / Photographic Services

Robert Ott
Forester, Forest Ecologist, Wildlife Biologist, Photographer
400 Pippin Knoll
Bennington, Vermont  05201
Phone: 802-753-7313


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Vermont