Mark Scott

Adjunct Professor
Fisheries & Aquatic Science
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department

Office: SC Dept. of Natural Resources, Clemson Field Offic
Phone: 864-986-6243
Personal Website:


 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

WFB4350/6350 - Aquatic Habitat Management (Fall Semester)


I lead the SCDNR Freshwater Fisheries Statewide Research group out of the Clemson Field Office.

Professional Affiliations & Service
• Member: 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, SC State Wildlife Action Plan
• 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 aquatic habitats and biological community structure. Through an adjunct professor 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.


Herigan, G.M., D.P. Crane, M.C. Scott, F.C. Rohde, D.W. Smith. In press. Comparison of two fish sampling techniques for low-conductivity, lowland headwater streams. N. American J. Fisheries Management DOI: 10.1002/nafm.10702

Bower, L.M., B.K. Peoples, M. Eddy, M.C. Scott. 2022. Quantifying flow–ecology relationships across flow regime class and ecoregions in South Carolina. Science of the Total Environment 802, 149721.

Denison, CD, BK Peoples, MC Scott, and KM Kubach. 2021. Integrating regional frameworks and local variability for riverine bioassessment. Environmental Management 68, 126-145.

Peoples, B, E. Judson, T. Darden, D. Farrae, K. Kubach, J. Leitner, M. Scott. 2021. Modeling distribution of endemic Bartram’s Bass: disturbance and proximity to invasion source increase hybridization with invasive Alabama Bass. N. American J. Fisheries Management

Petersen, K., M. Freeman, J. Kirsch, W. McLarney, M. Scott, and S. Wenger. 2021. Mixed evidence for biotic homogenization of Southern Appalachian fish communities. Canadian Journal of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences.

Denison, CD, MC Scott, KM Kubach, and BK Peoples. 2021. Incorporating network connectivity into stream classification frameworks. Environmental Management 67:291-307.

Epstein, J, W. Pine, C. Romagosa, M. Scott, C. Phillips, C. Marion, and B. Baiser. 2018. State and regional-scale patterns and drivers of freshwater fish functional diversity in the southeastern US. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 147:1179-1198. DOI:10.1002/tafs.10110

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. DOI:10.1080/00028487.2015.1059887