Scott received his BS from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1989 in Horticulture. He then received his MS from UW Madison in Botany in 1993. He abandoned the field of Phycology for Mycology when he joined John Taylor's Lab at the University of California in Berkeley in September of 1993. Scott studied the speciation, population structure and the value of sex in a lichen species pair, Letharia columbiana and Letharia vulpina, and received his PhD. in August of 1999.
Scott left Berkeley in December 2000 and worked at the Torrey Mesa Research Institute, Syngenta in San Diego for 4 years. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
- Lee BN, Kroken S, Chou DY, Robbertse B, Yoder OC, Turgeon BG. 2005. Functional analysis of all non-ribosomal peptide synthetases in Cochliobolus heterostrophus reveals a factor, NPS6, involved in virulence and resistance to oxidative stress. Eukaryotic Cell 4(3): 545-555.
- S. Kroken, N. L. Glass, J. W. Taylor, O. C. Yoder, B. G. Turgeon. 2003. Phylogenomic analysis of type I polyketide synthase genes in pathogenic and saprobic ascomycetes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 100(26): 15670-15675.
- Galagan, JE et al. 2003 Apr. The genome sequence of the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa. Nature 422(6934): 859-868.
- Högberg, Nils, Kroken, Scott, Thor, Göran & Taylor, John W. 2002. Reproductive mode and genetic variation suggest a North American origin of European Letharia vulpina. Molecular Ecology 11 (7): 1191-1196.
- Scott Kroken and John W. Taylor. 2001. Outcrossing and recombination in the lichenized fungus Letharia. Fungal Genetics and Biology 34(2): 83-92.
- Scott Kroken and John W. Taylor. 2001. A gene genealogical approach to recognize phylogenetic species boundaries in the lichenized fungus Letharia. Mycologia 93: 38–53.
- John W. Taylor, David J. Jacobson, Scott Kroken, Takao Kasuga, David M. Geiser, David S. Hibbett and Matthew C. Fisher. 2000. Phylogenetic species recognition and species concepts in fungi. Fungal Genetics and Biology, Vol. 31(1): pp. 21-32.
- Martin Grube and Scott Kroken. 2000. Molecular approaches and the concept of species and species complexes in lichenized fungi. Mycological Research 104:1284-1294.
- Kroken, S. and Taylor, J. W. 2000. Phylogenetic species, reproductive mode, and specificity of the green alga Trebouxia forming lichens with the fungal genus Letharia. The Bryologist V103, 645-660.
- Kroken, S. B., Graham, L. E. and Cook, M. E. 1996. Occurrence and evolutionary significance of resistant cell walls in charophytes and bryophytes. American Journal of Botany 83, 1241-1254.
- Graham, L. E., Cook, M. E. and Kroken, S. B. 1996. Resistant moss and liverwort sporangial epidermis resembles enigmatic microfossils attributed to earliest land plants. American Journal of Botany 83, 110-111.