BS: Lake Superior State University
Scott is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Colden Baxter in the ISU Stream Ecology Center. He has a degree in Biology from Lake Superior State University. As an undergraduate he carried out a thesis project assessing how Pacific salmon (chinook & coho) influence stream algae and water chemistry in tributaries of the Great Lakes. His current research focuses on how salmon carcass additions, used as a nutrient mitigation tool, influence fish and aquatic insect growth in streams of central Idaho. Scott is interested in assessing how these added nutrients are incorporated, both directly and indirectly, and distributed throughout the ecosystem via emerging adult aquatic insects. His work will attempt to quantify the ecological importance of lateral dispersion of these insects. This research will help illustrate the extent to which salmon derived nutrients are spread into the riparian zone and consumed by terrestrial predators.