EXCELLENCE IN HERPETOFAUNAL CONSERVATION
2022 Award Winner
Scott started as the Rhode Island state herpetologist in 2018, where he inventories, assesses, manages herpetofauna across the state, and regularly engages with private landowners, academic researchers, law enforcement, public affairs staff and various non-governmental organizations within the state.
Prior to his position with the state of RI, Scott conducted research and developed monitoring protocols for rattlesnakes, hognose snakes and a number of amphibians in Massachusetts and New Jersey. He researched freshwater turtles of RI to evaluate how landscape variability related to species distribution, abundance, demography, and population genetic structure for his dissertation. Scott has also published, presented widely, organized workshops, developed outreach and citizen science projects, acquired research funding, and collaborates extensively with his counterparts in other states on projects and has served as the lead for Competitive State Wildlife Grants.