Mark Scott

Adjunct Faculty
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department

Office: SC Department of Natural Resources, Clemson Field
Phone: 864-986-6243


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Ecology
University of Georgia 2001

M.S. Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences
Virginia Tech 1994

B.S. Biology
Wofford College 1987

 Courses Taught

WFB8500 Online - Wildlife & Fisheries Ecology and Management


I lead the SCDNR Freshwater Fisheries Research group at the Clemson Field Office.

Professional Affiliations & Service
• Member: Society for Freshwater Science, American Fisheries Society, Southeastern Fishes Council
• Southeastern Aquatic Resources Partnership
-Science and Data Committee
-Southeast Aquatic Connectivity Assessment Program Workgroup
• Chair, Freshwater Fish Taxa Committee, 2015 revision of the SC State Wildlife Action Plan
• Southeastern Association Fish & Wildlife Agencies Wildlife Diversity Committee
• South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
-Ecological Indicator Selection Team
-Ecological Indicator Revision Team

 Research Interests

Dr. Scott has been studying freshwater wetlands, streams, rivers, and lakes since 1988, and has broad experience in aquatic ecology throughout the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States. He currently administers statewide projects, responsible for budgets, supervising staff, and overseeing technical operations. Projects generally involve research and monitoring focused on defining aquatic habitats necessary to sustain native species, particularly endemic southeastern fishes, mussels, and crayfishes. He provides his expertise to the study of watershed and landscape influences on freshwater ecosystems, with emphasis on gradient studies of the effects of anthropogenic perturbations on chemistry, channel morphology, hydrology, and biological community structure. Through an adjunct faculty position, he has collaborated with Clemson University faculty and students on a range of projects and is frequently invited for lectures, seminars, and symposia. Research projects have typically addressed the goals of quantifying landscape and watershed-scale drivers of ecological patterns and processes in freshwaters, with those data used to develop spatially-explicit models to forecast aquatic ecosystem response to environmental change. Most recently, he has overseen implementation of a spatial framework in GIS to support aquatic conservation planning and resource decisions from the mountains to the coast.


Epstein, J, W. Pine, C. Romagosa, M. Scott, C. Phillips, and B. Baiser. In Revision. State and regional-scale patterns and drivers of freshwater fish functional diversity in the southeastern US. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society

Marion, C.A., M.C. Scott, and K.M. Kubach. 2015. Multi-scale environmental influences on fish assemblage structure of South Atlantic coastal plain streams. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 144:1040-1057.

Kubach, K.M., M.C. Scott, and J.S. Bulak. 2011. Recovery of a temperate riverine fish assemblage from a major diesel oil spill. Freshwater Biology 56:503-518.

Gardiner, E.P., A.B. Sutherland, R.J. Bixby, M.C. Scott, J.L. Meyer, G.S. Helfman, E. F. Benfield, C.M. Pringle, P.V. Bolstad, and D.N. Wear. 2009. Linking stream and landscape trajectories in the southern Appalachians. Environmental Monitoring & Assessment 156:17-36.