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Thad Scott

Associate Professor of Biology

C.420 Baylor Sciences Building
(254) 710 - 2147


Associate Professor of Biology

Professional Experience:

  • 2016 - present: Associate Professor of Biology, Baylor University
  • 2014 - 2016: Associate Professor of Environmental Science,
    University of Arkansas
  • 2008 - 2014: Assistant Professor of Environmental Science,
    University of Arkansas
  • 2007 - 2008: Postdoc, University of Minnesota


  • B.S., Howard Payne University
  • M.S., Tarleton State University
  • Ph.D., Baylor University
  • Post-doc, University of Minnesota

Major Area of Research

  • Limnology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Water Quality

Courses Currently Teaching

  • BIO 4405 Limnology
  • BIO 1306 Modern Concepts of Bioscience II


I am a native Texan that grew up swimming and boating on the rivers and lakes of central Texas. As a first generation college student, I had no idea that these waterbodies of my youth were filled with tiny green microorganisms that would inspire my passion for biology. My research interests involve the reciprocal interactions between microorganisms and their chemical environment, with a particular interest in the photosynthetic and heterotrophic microorganisms in lakes. Research projects in my lab often address how human alterations to landscapes impact the ecology and chemistry of lakes, and how resulting water quality can reciprocally influence human welfare.

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Selected Publications (*Scott lab student or postdoc)

*West, A.O., and J.T. Scott. 2016. Black disk visibility, turbidity, and total suspended solids in rivers: A comparative evaluation. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 14: 658-667.

Paerl, H.W., J.T. Scott, M.J. McCarthy, S.E. Newell, W.S. Gardner, K.E. Havens, D.K. Hoffman, S.W. Wilhelm, and W.A. Wurtsbaugh. 2016. It takes two to tango: When and where dual nutrient reductions are needed to protect lakes and downstream ecosystems. Environmental Science and Technology 50: 10805-10813.

*West, A.O., J.M. Nolan, and J.T. Scott. 2016. Optical water quality and human perceptions of rivers: an ethnohydrology study. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability Volume 2 Issue 8:11 pages

*Halvorson, H., E.E. Scott*, S.A. Entrekin, M.A. Evans-White, and J.T. Scott. 2016. Interactive effects of light and dissolved phosphorus on leaf litter microbial metabolism and stoichiometry. Freshwater Biology 61: 1006-1019.

Scott, J.T. and B.E. Haggard. 2015. Implementation of effects-based water quality standards for eutrophication: Linking standard development and assessment methodology. Journal of Environmental Quality 44: 1503-1512.

Stelzer, R.S., J.T. Scott, and L.A. Bartsch. 2015. Buried particulate organic carbon stimulates denitrification and nitrate retention in stream sediments at the groundwater - surface water interface. Freshwater Science 34: 161-171.

*Grantz, E.M., B.E. Haggard, and J.T. Scott. 2014. Stoichiometric imbalance in rates of nitrogen and phosphorus retention, storage, and recycling perpetuate nitrogen deficiency in highly-productive reservoirs. Limnology and Oceanography 59: 2203-2216.

Scott, J.T., and E.M. Grantz*. 2013. N 2 fixation exceeds internal nitrogen loading as a phytoplankton nutrient source in perpetually nitrogen-limited reservoirs. Freshwater Science 32: 849-861.

Scott, J.T., M.J. McCarthy, T. Otten, M. Steffen, B.C. Baker*, E.M. Grantz*, S. wilhelm, and H. Paerl. 2013. Comment: An alternative interpretation of the relationship between TN:TP and microcystin in Canadian lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 70: 1265-1268.

Jarvie, H.P., A.N. Sharpley, J.T. Scott, B.E. Haggard, M.J. Bowes, and L.B. Massey. 2012. Within-river phosphorus retention: accounting for a missing piece in the watershed phosphorus puzzle. Environmental Science and Technology 46: 13248-13292.

Scott, J.T., J.B. Cotner, and T. LaPara. 2012. Variable stoichiometry and homeostatic regulation of bacterial biomass elemental composition. Frontiers in Microbiology 3: 1-8. DOI 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00042

*Grantz, E.M., A. Kogo*, and J.T. Scott. 2012. Partitioning ecosystem-scale denitrification in three shallow reservoirs using in situ dinitrogen accumulation and intact core experiments. Limnology and Oceanography 57: 925-935.

*Drake, W.M., J.T. Scott, M. Evans-White, B.E. Haggard, A.N. Sharpley, C.W. Rogers*, and E.M. Grantz*. 2012. The effect of periphyton stoichiometry and light on biological phosphorus immobilization and release in streams. Limnology 13: 97-106.

J.T. Scott, B.E. Haggard, A.N. Sharpley, and J.J. Romeis. 2011. Changepoint analysis f phosphorus trends in the Illinois River (Oklahoma) demonstrates the effects of watershed management. Journal of Environmental Quality 40: 1249-1256.

Scott, J.T., and M.J. McCarthy. 2010. Nitrogen fixation may not balance the nitrogen pool of lakes over timescales relevant to eurotrophication management. Limnology and Oceanography 55: 1265-1270.

Paerl, H.W. and J.T. Scott. 2010. Throwing fuel on the fire: Synergistic effects of excessive nitrogen inputs and global climate change on harmful algal blooms. Environmental Science and Technology 44:7756-7758.

Cotner, J.B., E. Hall, J.T. Scott, and M. Heldal. 2010. Freshwater bacteria are stoichiometrically flexible and have a nutrient composition similar to seston. Frontiers in Microbiology 1: 1-11; DOI 10.3389/fmicb.2010.00132.

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