Peter Scott, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Office: Natural Sciences Building, Room 345
Phone: 806-651-2283

Professional Profile

Dr. Scott joined the Department of Life, Earth, and Environmental Sciences in 2020. He received a B.A. in Biology from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2004, M.S. in Evolutionary Biology from San Diego State University in 2012 and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Alabama in 2016. Before joining the faculty at WTAMU he held a post-doctoral research position at UCLA in the Shaffer lab and shared a joint position as a UCLA Collaboratory Postdoctoral Fellow.


Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Scott teaches Genetics, Conservation Genetics, Basic and Contemporary Biology II, Evolution, and hopes to develop courses in genomics methods and ecological modeling. Additionally, he often teaches in hands-on, collaborative, workshops focusing on applied conservation genomics or systematics analyses. He welcomes the opportunity to mentor interested undergraduate and graduate students in conservation and population genetics, systematics, or evolutionary biology.


Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Scott is an evolutionary biologist that uses and tests advanced genomic techniques, high performance computing, and field-based research to answer fundamental questions in evolutionary biology and enhance our ability to conserve biodiversity. Most research projects focus on reptiles and amphibians, and he is excited to work on other systems with enthusiastic collaborators and students. Recent projects have included using genomics to infer determinants of translocation success in threatened Mojave desert tortoises, working to understand just how much genomic information is needed to solve some of the most difficult relationships in the Tree of Life, and using reduced genomics sequencing to infer species boundaries and relationships in endangered Turkish salamanders.

Dr. Scott's Study on Tortoise DNA Published in Science Magazine