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Scott L. Parker

Associate Professor

Scott L. ParkerB.S. The University of California, Santa Barbara
M.S. California State University, San Bernadino
Ph. D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Email: sparker@coastal.edu
Phone: 843-349-2491
Fax: 843-349-2201
Office - KESH 230

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Courses:  Biological Science II (BIOL 122), Comparative Animal Physiology (BIOL 343), Physiological Ecology (BIOL 322), Herpetology (BIOL 417)

Research Interests: I am an environmental animal physiologist broadly interested in the evolution of complex physiological processes and in how organisms respond and adapt to the environment. A major focus of my research is directed toward understanding what fundamental molecular and regulatory changes are responsible for the capacity to support intrauterine embryonic development during the evolutionary transition from oviparity (egg-laying) to viviparity (live-bearing) in reptiles. Because the evolution of physiological systems involves alterations to numerous integrated processes, my approach to research necessarily draws upon techniques and methodologies from disparate disciplines spanning molecular biology to ecology.

  • Regulation of placental angiogenesis (blood vessel formation) and its role in the evolution of viviparity
  • Evolution of placental complexity in vertebrates
  • Developmental physiology of reptilian embryos
  • Nesting ecology of diamondback terrapins

Selected Publications:

Buzuleciu, S.A., M.E. Spencer, and S.L. Parker. 2015. Predator exclusion cage for turtle nests:  a novel design. Chelonian Conservation and Biology In press.

Flewelling, S., and S.L. Parker. 2015. Effects of temperature and oxygen on growth and differentiation of embryos of the ground skink, Scincella lateralis. Journal of Experiemental Zoology Part A:  Ecological Genetics and Physiology 323:  445-455.

Parker, S.L. 2014. Physiological Ecology of the Ground Skink, Scincella lateralis in South Carolina: thermal biology, metabolism, water loss, and seasonal patterns. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 9:  309-321.

Ramirez-Pinilla, M.P., S.L. Parker, C.R. Murphy, and M.B. Thompson. 2012. Variation in the uterine and chorioallantoic angiogenesis and epithelial luminal surfaces during gestation in the viviparous lizard Niveoscincus coventryi (Squamata: Scincidae) Journal of Morphology 273: 8-23.

Murphy, B. F., S.L. Parker, C.R. Murphy, and M.B. Thompson 2010. Uterine angiogenesis in the eastern water skink Eulamprus quoyii. Journal of Experimental Biology 213: 3340-3347.

Parker, S.L., F. Manconi, C.R. Murphy, and M.B. Thompson. 2009. Uterine and placental angiogenesis in the Australian skinks Ctenotus taeniolatus and Saiphos equalis. The Anatomical Record 293: 829-838.