Scott holds a B.S. in environmental geosciences from the University at Buffalo, and a M.S. in geography from the University of Alabama. He has led applied conservation projects in the eastern United States, the cloud forests of Peru, and the Ecuadorian Amazon. Scott’s research will focus on protected area dynamics (changes in protected area boundaries and designations through time). He will identify global trends in protected area dynamics, explain the sociopolitical and environmental drivers of these changes, and assess the consequences for biodiversity.

Cognitive dissonance and conservation: Will our minds subconsciously guide us to the solution?

On a cold February day in Washington D.C. in 2015, United States Senator Jim Inhofe pulled an infamous political stunt on the senate floor. He unraveled a snowball that he had gathered earlier that day, using it as a prop to "disprove" the reality of climate change. He ended his statement by playfully hurling the snowball across the floor, solidifying the spectacle of his statement in the minds of the U.S. media and public. While many observers dismissed the absurdity ...

New study finds protected areas are compatible with human well-being

Ana Alvarado and Edison Canelos, members of a local Kichwa community, plant seedlings near the Selva Viva protected forest in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Photo credit: Sandra Lucia Almeyda Zambrano The trade-off between environmental protection and human well-being is a longstanding issue in the realm of conservation. From forced evictions to unjustified restrictions of local resource use, conservation policies have often imperiled the most marginalized members of our societies. New research published earlier this month in Science Advances, however, suggests that this ...