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Scientific Research and Senior Projects
May 7 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
Professor Brian Kot is a wildlife biologist who will discuss the diversity of student research opportunities at the College. This will include information about different research experiences, development of a valuable senior project, and example research projects within the Environmental Science and Biomedical Science programs. Emphasis will be on field and laboratory research, animal research opportunities, and optimal integration of relevant co-ops into degree plans.
Brian Kot, PhD, is an assistant professor of biology and environmental science. He has conducted scientific investigations on a wide diversity of vertebrate taxa including baleen whales, seals, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, marine turtles, seabirds, wolves, gray foxes, fishers, bobcats, prairie dogs, ringtails, white-tailed deer, moose, cactus mice, woodrats, and desert tortoises. Some of his recently developed research equipment includes near-infrared video systems that help test for statistically significant differences in food preferences among nocturnal rodents, and underwater remote sensing systems for use in field experiments involving fish and marine mammal sensory capabilities. He and his work have been featured in the popular press, online (e.g., BBC – Earth News), and on international television programs (e.g., Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet program). In March 2017, his work was part of a blue whale exhibition (Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story) at the Royal Ontario Museum.