collaborating scientists

Brian Kot

Collaborating Scientist 

 

Brian is an Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Antioch College (Ohio, U.S.A.) and is a long-term collaborator with MICS. He began working with whales in 1998 in Mexico and then collaborated with MICS on various projects that earned him an M.A. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has also held postdoctoral research and teaching appointments at Texas A&M University and the Minnesota Zoo/University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Brian’s research interests are comparative and multidisciplinary, with hypothesis-driven questions often involving vertebrate functional morphology, locomotion performance (e.g., biomechanics and energetics), foraging ecology, predator-prey interactions, and sensory capabilities. With a dual background in applied engineering and biology, he often develops research technology including underwater sensing systems for use in field experiments involving rorqual whale sensory capabilities and behavioral responses to fishing gear. His latest project involves functional morphology of minke whale flukes using a life-size model during in situ field tests. When not conducting research or teaching, Brian enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, fly fishing, snowshoeing, and restoring classic muscle cars and vintage snowmobiles.