Scott Winton is a research scientist in Alison Hoyt’s lab. He studies the biogeochemistry of wetlands, with a focus on tropical peatlands, processes governing carbon storage and emissions of greenhouse gases, and the role of birds in these systems. Scott primarily employs field and lab-based methodologies, but also works with remotely sensed data and spatial tools. Scott was previously a postdoctoral researcher in aquatic chemistry at ETH Zurich and holds a PhD. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.

Academic Appointments

Professional Education

  • PhD, Duke University, Environmental Science and Policy (2016)


  • Mapping peat carbon to inform climate-friendly rural development in Colombia, King Center on Global Development (2022)




    • Alison Hoyt, Assistant Professor of Earth System Science and Center Fellow, by courtesy, at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Earth System Science