Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Population Biology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, his home state. Scott obtained his Master of Science degree and his Ph.D. in Wildlife Science from Texas Tech University in 1988 and 1992, respectively.
Upon graduation with his Ph.D., Scott joined the faculty of CKWRI and Texas A&M University-Kingsville. His research interests include wildlife disease, predator-prey ecology, and human-wildlife interactions. Scott's research has involved rabies virus, distemper, exploitative and interference competition between mesopredators, effects of predator removal, and ecological ramifications of invasive species. Subjects of his research have included horned lizards, brown tree snakes, coyotes, raccoons, gray foxes, jackrabbits, macaques, bobwhite quail, white-winged doves, and white-tailed deer. His current research involves parasitic roundworms as a potential zoonosis, aflatoxin effects on songbirds, brown tree snake invasive capabilities, and causes of the decline of Texas horned lizards.
Scott has authored or co-authored 75 scientific articles, >200 abstracts, and 22 popular articles. He also served as editor of 2 symposia with published proceedings. Scott and Fred Bryant, Ph.D., Director of CKWRI, received the prestigious award from The Wildlife Society for the most outstanding publication of 2001 entitled “Effects of coyote removal on the faunal community in western Texas,” which appeared in the Journal of Wildlife Management 63:1066- 1081. Scott has received research awards from The Wildlife Society and from the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society. He received teaching awards from TAMUK and the Javelina Alumni Association. Scott also received the Koch Industries Outstanding Educator of the Year award in 2001, was named Regent's Professor in 2008, and received the Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching award in 2009. Scott is the past President of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society and the Past-President of the International Horned Lizard Conservation Society, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Wildlife Range Management Working Group of The Wildlife Society.
Scott teaches Wildlife Policy and Law to undergraduates and Wildlife Public Relations to graduate students. He also is the advisor of the Student Wildlife Society, which was named the International Student Chapter of the Year by the Wildlife Society in 1998, 2001 and 2005, which makes them one of 2 Student Chapters in the world to win this award 3 times. The Student Wildlife Society was also named State Student Chapter of the Year by the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 (7 out of the 8 years since the award has been initiated).
Principles of Wildlife Management, Texas A&M University- Kingsville, Undergraduate level
Wildlife Policy, Administration, and Law, Texas A&M University- Kingsville, Undergraduate level
Wildlife Management Techniques, Texas A&M University- Kingsville, Undergraduate level
Ecology and Natural Resources Conservation, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Undergraduate level
Wildlife Diseases, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Graduate & Undergraduate level
Big Game Management, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Graduate & Undergraduate level
Biopolicy and Public Relations, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Graduate level
Wildlife Population Ecology, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Graduate level
Problems in Wildlife Management - Individualized research, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Graduate & Undergraduate level
Internship, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Undergraduate level