Dr. Roy Scudder-Davis

Chair of Biology Department
W. Leslie Worth Chair in Science
Professor of Biology 

At Berea since 1988

Contact Information

Office: MAC 322
CPO 1997
Email: scudder-davisr@berea.edu
Phone: 859-985-3304

Fall 2020

Office Hours

Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri: 9 – 11 a.m.
or by appointment

Class Schedule

  • BIO 220 A (Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.)


  • B.A. in Biology, Princeton University, 1973
  • M.A. in Biology, Boston University, 1977
  • Ph.D. in Zoology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1983

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

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 Nerodia. The 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 radix. Growth 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