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Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, South Carolina



Scott Landsborough Parker


Herpetology, reproductive biology of reptiles, environmental animal physiology

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Scott L. Parker is an assistant professor of biology at Coastal Carolina University. Parker began working in lizard ecology during the mid 1990s while an undergraduate at the University of California Santa Barbara. He earned a master's degree at California State University San Bernardino where he studied thermal and reproductive biology of Sceloporus lizards in desert and montane environments. In 2006, he earned a Ph.D. at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University on physiological and ecological constraints on the evolution of viviparity in sceloporine lizards. After completing his Ph.D., he took a post-doctoral research position at the University of Sydney studying the role of angiogenesis in the evolution of viviparity in Australian skinks. He accepted an academic position in the Department of Biology at Coastal in 2010 where he continues to work on reptilian reproductive physiology and the evolution of viviparity. Since coming to CCU, Parker has also began studying nesting ecology of diamondback terrapins in South Carolina salt marshes.

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Phone: 843-349-2491