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Lee Kats Faculty Profile

Lee Kats

Professor of Biology
Vice Provost For Research and Strategic Initiatives
Frank R. Seaver Chair of Natural Science
Natural Science Division, Seaver College
TAC 419

Education

  • BA, Biology, Calvin College, 1984
  • PhD, Biology, University of Kentucky, 1989
  • Bucciarelli, G.M, D Suh, A. Davis, D. Roberts, D. Sharpton, H.B. Shaffer, R.N. Fisher and L.B. Kats. 2018. Assessing effects of non-native crayfish on mosquito survival. Conservation Biology https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13198.
  • Ota, W.M., B. Olsen, G.M. Bucciarelli, and L.B. Kats. 2018. The effect of newt toxin on an invasive snail. Hydrobiologia (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-018-3568-1).
  • Velasco, M.A., I. Berkunsky, M.V. Simoy, S. Quiroga, G.M. Bucciarelli, L.B. Kats and F. P. Kacoliris. 2017. The rainbow trout is affecting the occupancy of native amphibians in Patagonia. Hydrobiologia (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-017-3450-6).
  • Bucciarelli, G.M., H.B. Shaffer, D.B. Green and L.B. Kats. 2017. An amphibian chemical defense is inducible across life history stages. Scientific Reports 7:8185 (doi:10.1038/s41598-017-08154-z).
  • Calhoun, C.M., G.M. Bucciarelli, L.B. Kats, R.K. Zimmer and P.T. Johnson. 2017. Noxious newts and their natural enemies: Experimental effects of tetrodotoxin exposure on trematode parasites and aquatic macroinvertebrates. Toxicon 127:120-127.
  • Bancroft, B.A., B.A. Han, C. L. Searle, L.M. Biga, D.H. Olson, L. B. Kats, J.J. Lawler and A.R. Blaustein. 2011. Species-level correlates of susceptibility to the pathogenic amphibian fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the United States. Biodiversity and Conservation 20:1911-1920.
  • Blaustein, A.R., B.A. Han, R.A. Relyea, P.T.J. Johnson, J.C. Buck, S.S. Gervais and L.B. Kats. 2011. The complexity of amphibian population declines: understanding the role of co-factors in driving amphibian losses. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1223:108-119.
  • Kats, L.B., R. Van Dragt, G. Van Dragt, S. Rollert, T. Thurling, R. Johnson, D. Cho, and S. Landis. 2008. Undergraduate research: Communicating ecological field studies to local school children through outreach and curriculum. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly 29:58-62.
  • Keck Foundation: 2011-2015. "Developing the Undergraduate Scholars"
  • Frank R. Seaver Chair in Natural Science 2000-present
  • National Park Service and U.S. Geological Survey: 2009. "Survey of Flora and Fauna of National Parks" (co-P.I.s-Lee Kats, Tom Vandergon, Rodney Honeycutt, Stephen Davis, Karen Martin)
  • Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project: 2003-2006. "Trancas Creek Restoration" (co-P.I.s- Lee Kats and the Mountains Restoration Trust)
  • National Science Foundation Grant: 2000-2002. REU: Undergraduate Research in Biology (co-P.I.s- Steven Davis, Lee Kats, Tom Vandergon and Karen Martin)

Topics

  • Amphibian ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Stream ecology
  • Tropical forest ecology

Courses

  • Tropical Forest Ecology
  • BIOL 109: Introduction to Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 311: Introduction to Ecology
  • BIOL 340: Natural History of Vertebrates
  • BIOL 360: Environmental Politics and Policy
  • MATH 317: Laboratory for Statistics and Experimental Design