Episode 25: Roland Kays On Eastern Coyote And High-Tech Tracking

roland kays

Roland Kayes, Zoologist, Research Associate Professor, North Carolina State University,
Head of the Biodiversity Lab, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

About Roland Kays

Roland is a zoologist with a broad interest in ecology and conservation, especially of mammals.  He studies research questions that are scientifically interesting but also have real-world relevance through educational or conservation value. An expert in using new technologies to study free-ranging animals, especially to track their movement with GPS tags and camera traps, Roland has appeared as a regular contributor to wildlife shows on the Science Channel and on National Geographic’s “World’s Weirdest.” He combines high-tech work with traditional methods, collecting data through field work and studies of museum collections.

Website

Present Positions

Other Affiliations

  • Research Associate, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Research Associate, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Education:

  • Ph.D. Zoology, University of Tennessee (1999)
  • B.S. Biology, Cornell University (1993)

Podcast Topics

  • Wolf and coyote hybridization
  • Why coyotes are not fulfilling the role of wolves in the Eastern United States
  • Getting a better understanding of wildlife movement on the ground with tech tools and Twitter
  • The effect (or not) of coyotes on deer populations
  • How coyotes thrive under pressure (maybe not why you think!)
  • How to track anything – even seeds!
  • Roland’s upcoming podcast!

Extra Credit

  • Check out live wildlife cam feeds and updates on @CamTrapLive on Twitter

Watch Roland’s Videos Below And On His Site

Here’s a great video describing camera traps including trap video of foxes that Roland has been tracking for several years.

Watch more great videos on Roland’s video page here.

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