Thomas W. Scott (United States) earned his Ph.D. in ecology from Pennsylvania State University, was a post-doctoral fellow in epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine, and was a faculty member in the Department of Entomology, University of Maryland. In 1996 he relocated to the Department of Entomology, University of California at Davis (UC Davis) where he is Professor and Director of the UC Davis Mosquito Research Laboratory.
He has published over 200 research articles and reviews. He is a fellow of the Entomological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a National Research Council Associate, Past-President of the Society for Vector Ecology, chair of the Mosquito Modeling Group in the program on Research and Policy in Infectious Disease Dynamics, and an editor for the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Journal of Insect Science.
He organized the Medical and Veterinary Entomology section of the XXI International Congress of Entomology in Iguassu, Brazil. His research focuses on mosquito ecology, evolution of mosquito-virus interactions, epidemiology of mosquito-borne disease, and evaluation of novel products and strategies for mosquito control and disease prevention. He aims to generate the detailed, difficult to obtain data that are necessary for assessing current recommendations for disease prevention, rigorously testing fundamental assumptions in public health policy, and developing innovative, cost, and operationally effective strategic concepts for vector-borne disease control.