Meet Dr. Cy Mott - our new vertebrate behavioral ecologist

Dr. Cy Mott

Dr. Cy Mott comes to EKU most recently from Valdosta State University in southern Georgia, but he has worked previously in Kentucky as an Assistant Professor at Kentucky Wesleyan College and as a postdoctoral researcher at Murray State University.  Dr. Mott’s research centers on issues in amphibian ecology, biogeography, and conservation using a mix of field, laboratory, and mesocosm experimental approaches.  His ecology research focuses largely on the roles of aggression and cannibalism among larval amphibians and their influences on community organization, kin recognition, and other ecological and behavioral phenomena.  Current funding from the National Science Foundation has facilitated ongoing work at several sites in Colorado and Kentucky to determine how size variation in top predators influences associated food web structure and function, and undergraduate students are regularly recruited to travel to these sites during the summer.  In addition to these studies, Dr. Mott’s recent biogeographical work has focused on patterns of abundance across the geographic ranges of several North American amphibians, with implications for future studies of the ecology, evolution, and conservation value of geographic range-edge animal populations. Please be sure to make Dr. Mott feel welcome!

Published on August 29, 2016