Scott Solomon ('96)

Scott Solomon Senior Photo

Scott Solomon was a member of the graduating class of 1996. During his time at Uni, he participated in many sports teams including cross country, baseball, and basketball which he played for all five years. Solomon was also a part of the Uni Multi-Ethnic Club (UMEC) where he served as an officer. 

After graduating from Uni, Solomon went to the University of Illinois for his undergraduate degree where he started out as a pre-med major before deciding to pursue field research in biology. Solomon then earned his PhD from the University of Texas - Austin where he researched leaf cutter ants throughout South and Central America before doing his post-doctoral research studying ants in Brazil. When recounting his time at Uni, Solomon remembers Mr. Stone’s Advanced Biology elective on insects as well as the Advanced Spanish class he took his senior year, which both made a significant impact in Solomon's life and are highly related to his current work. 

Now, Solomon works as a professor at Rice University while also sharing his passion for biology by writing and speaking about science in a non-technical way intended for a more general audience. He has written a book and also appeared on TV and TED talks to share his knowledge. Solomon first began exploring this area of work as a graduate student where he wrote about science for the UT Austin Student Newspaper.


Interview with Scott Solomon

Scott E. Solomon, ph.D.. (n.d.).

Current Occupation

Associate Teaching Professor at Rice University (ecology, evolutionary biology, and scientific communication) and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.

Current Research

“Dr. Solomon’s current research examines the interactions between native and non-native ants, the impacts of extreme flooding on ant communities, ant foraging behavior, and the co-evolution between ants and microbes.” from

Uni Extracurriculars

  • Cross Country

  • Baseball

  • Basketball

  • Spanish Club

  • Uni Multi-Ethnic Club


University of Illinois - Cell and Molecular Biology (Bachelors)

University of Texas-Austin - Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (PhD)