Biology Department
Scott Kirkton, associate professor of biology

Scott Kirkton

Job Title
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Integrated Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) 325
Biology, Neuroscience

Research interests

Body size influences virtually all aspects of an organism’s biology. My research program at Union College asks fundamental questions about body size using insects, the most diverse and evolutionarily successful animals on the planet. Specifically, I study how an insect’s body size alters the biochemistry, morphology, physiology and biomechanics of oxygen delivery, muscle performance and locomotion.

Teaching interests

Cellular Foundations of Life (BIO 104), Entomology (BIO 317), Comparative Animal Physiology (BIO 330) and Exercise Physiology (BIO 375)


  • Kirkton, S. D., L. E. Hennessey*, B. Duffy*, M. M. Bennett, W-K. Lee, and K. J. Greenlee. (2012). Intermolt development reduces oxygen delivery capacity and jumping performance in the American locust (Schistocerca americana). Journal of Comparative Physiology-B. 182(2):217-30.
  • Kirkton, S. D., E. T. Nyberg*, and K. M. Fox. (2011). Ontogenetic changes in citrate synthase and lactate dehydrogenase activity in the jumping muscle of the American locust (Schistocerca americana). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – Part B: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. 160: 110-116.
  • Greenlee, K. J., J. R. Henry, S. D. Kirkton, M. W. Westneat, K. Fezzaa, W-K. Lee, and J. F. Harrison. (2009). Synchrotron imaging of the grasshopper tracheal system: morphological components of tracheal hypermetry and the effect of age and stage on abdominal air sac volumes and convection. American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 297(5): R1343-R1350.* Union College Undergraduate Researcher

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Academic credentials

B.S., Denison University; Ph.D., Arizona State University