Thomas W. Scott (United States) born in 1950 is Distinguished Professor at the University of California at Davis. He received his PhD in ecology from the 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 before relocating in 1996 to the Department of Entomology, University of California at Davis.
His research focuses on epidemiology of mosquito-borne disease, mosquito ecology, evolution of mosquito-pathogen interactions, and evaluation of novel products and strategies for disease control. 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 prevention of mosquito-borne disease. He has worked in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa with an emphasis on longitudinal studies in Peru and Thailand.
He is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; National Research Council Associate; Past-President of the Society for Vector Ecology; past-Chair of the Mosquito Modeling Group in the program on Research and Policy in Infectious Disease Dynamics; Chair of the WHO Vector Control Advisory Group; and Co-Chair of the WHO Steering Committee for the Global Vector Control Response.
He has published over 260 research articles and reviews. He served as an editor for several entomological and tropical disease journals. He organized the Medical and Veterinary Entomology section of the XXI International Congress of Entomology, Iguassu, Brazil.