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Roy Scudder-Davis
Dr. Roy Scudder-Davis
Chair of Biology Department; W. Leslie Worth Chair in Science; Professor of Biology|Biology
Photo of Dr. Roy Scudder-Davis holding a snake
Office Location
Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, 322
Office Hours
  • Mon/Wed/Fri: (10 – 11:50 p.m.) (2 – 2:30 p.m.)
Class Schedules
  • BIO 327 (Mon/Wed/Fri: 2:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
  • BIO 494 (Mon/Wed/Fri: 8:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.)
  • Ph.D. in Zoology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1983
  • M.A. in Biology, Boston University, 1977
  • B.A. in Biology, Princeton University, 1973
Publications & Works
  • Special Interests

    • Comparison of stream salmander diversity in disturbed and non-disturbed habitats in central Kentucky.
    • Captive husbandry and breeding of selected snakes in the family Colubridae
    • Choreography using the dance vocabulary of ballet, modern, and jazz.
  • Professional Affiliations

    • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
    • Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
    • Herpetologist’s League
    • Kentucky Academy of Sciences
  • Publications

    Weckman, J. and R. Scudder-Davis. 2005. Teaching Natural Science to Nonmajors: A Comparison of Two Different Course Formats – The “Team of Experts” Versus The “Individual Instructor” Approaches. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching 16(1):149-169.

    Scudder-Davis, R. M. and G. M. Burghardt. 1996. Ontogenetic changes in growth efficiency in laboratory-reared water snakes of the genus NerodiaThe Snake 27:75-84.

    Scudder-Davis, R. M. and G. M. Burghardt. 1987. Diet and growth in juveniles of the garter snakes Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis and Thamnophis radix radixGrowth 51:74-85.

    Scudder, R. M. and G. M. Burghardt. 1985. The role of feeding regimens in the growth of neonate broad-banded water snakes, Nerodia fasciata confluens, and possible effects on reproduction. Dev. Psychobiol. 18:203-214.

    Scudder, R. M. and G. M. Burghardt. 1983. A comparative study of defensive behavior in three sympatric species of water snakes (Nerodia). Z. Tierpsychol.63:17-26