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A. Floyd Scott

Professor/PI, Director of the David H. Snyder Museum of Zoology

Ph.D. - Auburn University (1976)Scott photo
M.S. - Austin Peay State University (1967)

Contact Information

P.O. Box 4718
Clarksville, TN 37044
Office:  SSC A135
Phone:  931-221-7776
Fax:  931-221-6372

Research Areas
Distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Tennessee, inventory and monitoring of amphibians and reptiles, and movements of turtles using radio-telemetry

Current Projects
The David H. Snyder Museum of Zoology is housed in the Sundquist Science Center at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee and is the major repository for amphibian and reptile specimens for the State.

Cover of the bookAtlas of Amphibians in Tennessee
A historical summary of the study of amphibians in Tennessee.  The environmental setting of the state is described in terms of physiography, climate, drainages, soils, vegetation, and eco-regions.  Distribution maps are provided for 21 species of frogs and 45 species of salamanders.  Accompanying each map are short narratives on the species' distribution, ecology, and taxonomy.  Questionable and erroneous species reports are also discussed.

Atlas of Reptiles in Tennessee
A summary of the study of reptiles in Tennessee, including environmental settings for the state being described. Distribution maps are in the process of being developed with short narratives on each species included in the study.

American Ordnance Grant - Amphibians & Reptiles
This project involves the development and implementation of a program intended to monitor the fluctuations in aquatic and terrestrial amphibians and reptiles in and around the Milan Army Ammunition Plant in Milan, Tennessee.  The goal of the study is to gather sufficient long-term data to make a reliable determination regarding the overall health of the herpetofauna and of the various species that are part of it.

Recent Publications

Ennen, J. R. and A. F. Scott. 2013. Home range characteristics and overwintering ecology of the stripe-necked musk turtle (Sternotherus minor peltifer) in middle Tennessee. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 12:199-203.

Crabtree, T., D. Estes, and A. F. Scott. 2010. Agkistrodon piscivorous (Geographic Distribution). Herpetological Review 41:378-379.

Ennen, J. R. and A. F. Scott. 2008. Diel movement behavior of the stripe-necked musk turtle (Sternotherus minor peltifer) in middle Tennessee. American Midland Naturalist 160:278-288.

Davenport, J. M., J. R. Ennen, and A. F. Scott. 2005. New records for amphibians from counties in south-central Tennessee. Herpetological Review 36:209-210.

Petranka, J. W., C. K. Smith, and A. Floyd Scott. 2004. Identifying the minimal demographic unit for monitoring pond-breeding amphibians. Ecological Applications 14:1065-1078.

Bufalino, A. P. and A. F. Scott. 2003. The distribution of Nerodia erythrogaster in the lower Cumberland River basin of Kentucky and Tennessee. Herpetological Review 34:77-78.

Lindeman, P. V. and A. F. Scott. 2001. Over three decades of persistence of a small and apparently isolated population of painted turtles (Chrysemys picta) in a Kentucky reservoir. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 4:206-208.

Scott, A. F., S. Sutton, and S. Williamson. 2000. New county records of amphibians and turtles from the western Highland Rim of central Tennessee. Herpetological Review 31:117-118.