Scott is a vertebrate palaeoecologist, passionate science communicator and 3-D digitisation and virtual technology advocate and practitioner in the museum community. In 2000 his dream job as a palaeontologist for Queensland Museum came true, making him then the youngest museum curator in Australia at age 22. Among other honours, Scott was awarded the Young Australian of the Year in 2002, which provided him a unique platform to develop and promoted Australian vertebrate palaeontology research and community engagement, whilst leading a wide range of new areas of exploration, discovery and research. Realising that most of museum collections are hidden from public view, Scott has become a strong advocate for bringing the behind-the-scenes of museum collections and science to the public. Scott is passionate about applying new technologies to museum collections so that we can better interpret and demonstrate our natural and geo-heritage. He is currently working on new 3-D digital and virtual ways to better capture our fossil heritage in digital perpetuity whilst using this same technology to do robust research and engage the public by providing more in depth experiences with Australia’s vast fossil heritage.
Young Australian of the Year 2002 (National Australia Day Awards), Centenary Medalist 2003 (Australian Government), Riversleigh Medal 2009 (Riversleigh Society), Neville Stephens Medal 2005 (Geological Society of Australia).