Scott Weir, Ph.D.

Scott Weir

Assistant Professor, Biology Department


Dr. Scott Weir is interested in teaching courses and performing research to better understand the effect of anthropogenic disturbance on environmental and human health. He teaches the introductory biology courses, the writing intensive course and has developed courses in ecotoxicology.

His masters thesis focused on the effect of coal-fired power plants on mercury levels in nearby wetlands. His doctoral dissertation focused on reptile ecotoxicology and how best to perform ecological risk assessments for reptiles inhabiting contaminated areas. 

Dr. Weir's research has generally focused on the effects of chemical contamination on the environment with a special emphasis on amphibians and reptiles. He is interested in performing research that can be directly applied to environmental problems faced by private industry, consulting firms and the government, e.g., EPA. He has published manuscripts in several journals including Bioscience, Public Library of Science (PLoS) One, Environmental Pollution and Biological Invasions.

He is the faculty advisor for QUEST Journal, and works with students on a variety of projects focused on toxicology.

He spends his free time enjoying the outdoors whether it is running marathons, camping or hiking. He also enjoys being a beer snob and trying to sample the best of North Carolina's great craft beer selection.


Ph.D., Environmental Toxicology, Texas Tech University
M.S., Zoology, Southern Illinois University
B.S., Life Science, Arizona State University



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