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Department: Biology

R. Scot DuncanR. Scot Duncan

Associate Professor of Biology

Office:

Stephens Science Center 232

Contact Information:

Birmingham-Southern College
Campus Box 549022
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4777
Office Fax: (205) 226 3078
E-mail: sduncan@bsc.edu

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Brief Career Background:

Scot Duncan is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Birmingham-Southern College. His research specialties include plant, forest, stream and avian ecology and conservation biology. In graduate school, he studied the ecology of tropical forest restoration in Uganda, Africa. His current research focuses on Montane Longleaf Pine forests, the Dolomite Glades of Bibb Co., AL, and the stream ecology of the Cahaba River and Black Warrior River Watersheds.

Educational Background:

Scot Duncan received his B.S. (1993) from Eckerd College and his M.S. (1997) and Ph.D. (2001) from the University of Florida. He grew up in Gulf Breeze, Florida which is near Pensacola.

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Environmental Studies

Courses Taught:

BI 101 Explorations in Biology (1)
A course for non-science majors designed to provide an understanding of selected fundamental biological principles and processes. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. This course does not count towards the biology or biology-psychology major. (Fulfills the Disciplinary Foundations requirement in lab science.)

BI 314 Conservation Biology (1)
A study of the population and ecosystem level processes required to understand and conserve biodiversity. Emphasis is placed upon the genetics and demographics of populations, the implications of species interactions and community influences on conservation, and management and sustainable development case studies. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: BI 105 and 115, or ES 150. Fall of odd-numbered years.

BI 411 General Ecology (1)
A study of organisms at the population, community, and ecosystem levels of biological organization. Emphasis is placed on organism-environment and organism-organism interactions. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BI 105, another Biology lab course, and junior standing or consent. (Note: ES 150 can substitute for BI 105 or the second lab course.)

ES 150 Introduction to Environmental Studies (1)
An interdisciplinary introduction to the complexities of environmental problems. The course provides an overview of scientific knowledge on ecology and environmental management and examines political, economic, and ethical issues involved in the attainment of a sustainable future. The course explores how an understanding of the natural and social sciences is necessary to address and solve environmental problems. Selected topics, including population growth, food shortages, pollution containment, and energy resources, are addressed. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. The course is a required course in the environmental studies minor. (Satisfies Disciplinary Foundations requirement in lab science.)