Department of Biology
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Presentation Title: “Alabama’s Biodiversity: What We Have, Why We Have It, and Why It Matters”
Dr. R. Scot Duncan is an associate professor of biology and urban environmental studies at Birmingham-Southern College. Originally from Pensacola, Florida, he received a BS in biology from Eckerd College in 1993, and then studied tropical forest conservation while earning an MS and a PhD in zoology from the University of Florida in 1997 and 2001, respectively.
Duncan has done ecological research in Antarctica, Costa Rica, Panama, Uganda, Florida, and Alabama. He took a position at BSC in 2002 and teaches courses in conservation, ecology, and environmental studies. His current research focuses on the ecology of endangered species and threatened ecosystems in Alabama, including the Ketona dolomite glades, montane longleaf pine woodlands, and the watercress darter.
Duncan is the chief architect and science writer for TrekBirmingham.com, an environmental education and recreational resource for the greater Birmingham area. Duncan is also the author of Southern Wonder: Alabama’s Surprising Biodiversity (2013, University of Alabama Press). Written for a general audience, this work interweaves the disciplines of ecology, evolution, climatology, and geology to explain clearly and colorfully why Alabama is so biologically rich, and why its species and ecosystems need careful preservation.