My research interests focus on combining
the tools of molecular biology with population genetics
theory and ecological information to investigate population
differentiation and identify the genetic mechanisms
of adaptation. By characterizing genetic differentiation,
basic biological parameters critical for scientific
inquiry and accurate inference about complex biological
and evolutionary phenomenon can be documented.
Although my primary research interests are concerned
with how biological and evolutionary forces shape genetic
diversity, utilizing genetic information to support
conservation efforts is an important aspect of my work.
Applying the insights obtained from genetic research
to the enhancement of imperiled species is an effective
way to provide science relevant to society and to communicate
the importance of supporting scientific inquiry.
Scott received his Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California, Davis. He studied the relationship between genetic diversity and population boundaries with Dennis Hedgecock at the Bodega Marine Lab. He then went on to a postdoc at UC Santa Cruz / NOAA, then his current position in the Molecular Genetics Lab at Washington Department of Fish and Game.
Geneticist, Washington Department Fish and Wildlife,
2006 - present
Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Cruz / NOAA-SWFSC, 2003 – 2005
Dissertation Research, UC Davis, 1995-2001
Conceived of an approach to assess the appropriateness
of DNA tandem arrays (microsatellites) as diagnostic
population genetic markers, by combining repeat array
information with associated single nucleotide polymorphisms
(SNPs) for individual alleles. Observed variation
was compared to theoretical expectations derived
from stepwise molecular models and the coalescent
approach to modeling variation in populations.
Advisor: Dr. Dennis Hedgecock.