Dr. Jessica R. Scott earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and her B.A. in Anthropology and History from UALR. She taught for four years at UA-Fayetteville, including two years of teaching in the Fulbright Honors College, and has spent the last three years teaching in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at UALR. Dr. Scott teaches Introduction to Physical Anthropology, Human Paleontology, Dental Anthropology, and Egyptology. She also teaches Science and Society I and II for the Donaghey Scholars Program.
Dr. Scott is interested in the paleoecology of early human ancestors. She uses teeth to reconstruct the diets and local environments of fossil hominins and the animals that lived alongside them, including primates, carnivores and bovids. Dr. Scott has conducted research in Kenya, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Egypt and Great Divide Basin in Wyoming. She has published 16 articles inThe American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Mammalia, The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, The Journal of Human Evolution, The American Journal of Primatology, PLOS ONE, and Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, as well as a chapter in the edited volume, Technique and Application in Dental Anthropology.