Scott Figdore 

Jeff Butikofer Professor of Science
Office: Baker-Hebron 108
Phone: (563)-425-5223

"I am the curator for the Upper Iowa University Herbarium, with plant specimens dating back to the 1860's, I am the principal faculty member involved with our Clinical Laboratory Science articulation with the Mayo Clinic and I have been a principal contact for students who consider transferring from Kirkwood Community College into our Conservation Management and Applied Plant Science majors."


B.S., Pennsylvania State University
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Courses Taught

  • BIO 120 General Botany
  • BIO 135 Principles of Biology I
  • BIO 210 Microbiology
  • BIO 323 Plant Nutrition
  • BIO 410 Plant Taxonomy

Research Interests

  • Surveys of natural plant communities in northeast Iowa
  • Maintenance of the Upper Iowa University Herbarium
  • Assessment of microbiota associated with the skin or mouth of humans or animals
  • Assessment of microbiota found on abiotic surfaces
  • Control of microbial growth
  • Plant genetic analysis

Examples of Student Projects

  • Identification of Sedges (genus Carex) in Northeast Iowa
  • Plant Identification in the Upper Iowa University Greenhouse
  • Tree Survey of Backbone State Park and Management Strategies to Promote Oak Regeneration
  • Identification of Microorganisms that Cause Common Skin Infections among Wrestlers
  • Effects of Antibacterial Agents on Bacterial Growth
  • Effects of Contact Lens Cleaning Solution on Bacterial Growth
  • Isolation and Identification of bacteria in the Mouth of Dogs
  • Isolation and identification of bacteria in the Human Mouth
  • Factors Affecting Viability of Yeast during the Beer-Making Process
  • Golf Course Flood Recovery

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Figdore, D., S.S. Figdore, and J.L. Stoffel. 2013. A Survey of Trees and Tree Health at the West Union Recreation Complex.
  • Lee, J.T., and S.S. Figdore. 2013. Volga River State Recreation Area Tree Diversity. Iowa Academy of Science Annual Meeting. April, 2013.
  • Steffen, K., and S. S. Figdore. 2013. Echo Valley State Park Tree Diversity. Iowa Academy of Science Annual Meeting. April, 2013.