8th February 2016 – Kevin Kohl, Vanderbilt University

Kevin KohlDr. Kevin Kohl is currently an NSF International Postdoctoral Fellow conducting research in San Luis, Argentina, and completing some data analyses at Vanderbilt University. While he is broadly interested in ecology and evolution, his research tends to focus on the physiological ecology and microbial ecology of the digestive systems of various vertebrates. He is especially interested in how hosts’ ecology and evolutionary history shape their digestive physiology and interactions with their gut microbial communities. He has addressed these questions in a wide array of organisms, spanning five vertebrate classes and ranging in size from tadpoles to whales. For his PhD, he studied how the gut microbes of herbivorous rodents allow them to consume poisonous plants. He is currently investigating the gut microbial ecology of South American lizards.

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