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Shelby Scott

Research Interest

spatio-temporal modeling, mathematical sociology, crime, statistics

Faculty Advisor(s)


Degree Pursuing



Rhodes College, B.S. Biomathematics, 2015


I started (as many STEM professionals do) as pre-med at Rhodes College, dabbling in research on the side. It took until the spring of my junior year to realize that I was far more interested in coding models than studying for the MCAT. I pivoted, applied to grad school and started my PhD and Masters at UTK the fall after graduating. Outside of my studies I can be found running, biking, and hiking around the city and neighboring towns. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!


I use mathematical and statistical modeling to observe and predict the spread of gun crime in Chicago, Illinois. I have specific interest in Bayesian statistics and using tenets of epidemic models to investigate how social behaviors spread in both space and time. I am also interested in population dynamic modeling, quantitative biology education, and evidence-based public policy.

Awards and Recognitions

Department of Defense NDSEG Fellow

UT GREBE Secretary (2017-2018)

UT PEER Fellow, Society of Mathematical Biology Education Subgroup - Communications Officer (2019-present)

QUBES Ambassador (2018-present)

Society of Mathematical Biology Top Tweeter Award (2018)

Engaging Knoxville in Ecology and Evolution (EKEE) Member - President (2018-2019)


Scott S. (2020). A Report from the NIMBioS/DySoC Investigative Workshop on the Mathematics of Gun Violence. May 2019. National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, Knoxville, TN.

Scott, Shelby M., Middleton, Casey E., and Bodine, Erin N. An Agent-Based Model of the SpatialDistribution & Density of the Santa Cruz Island Fox: The Effects of Golden Eagle Predation & Island Fox Recovery. Integrative Population Biology and Modeling Part B, 40: 3 - 32, 2019.

Chen, Miranda M., Scott, S.M., and Stevens, Jessica D. Technology as a tool in teaching quantitative biology at the secondary and undergraduate levels: a review. Letters in Biomathematics, 5(1): 30 - 48, 2017.

Scott, S.M., Yust, A. and Bodine, E.N. An Agent-Based Model of Santa Cruz Island Foxes (Urocyon littoralis santacruzae) which Exhibits an Allee Effect. Published in: Proceedings of the 6th Symposium of Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research, 2014.;  Letters in Biomathematics, 2014; 1(1): 97–109.

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