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Kevin M. Kocot

Education:

B.S. 2006 Illinois State University

Research Interests:

Deep metazoan phylogeny and bioinformatics

kmkocot(at)auburn.edu

Lab: (334) 844-3223 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (334) 844-3223      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

 

Publications

Kohn, A.B., M.R. Citarella, K.M. Kocot, Y.V. Bobkova, K.M. Halanych, and Leonid L Moroz. (2012) Rapid evolution of the compact and unusual mitochondrial genome in the ctenophore, Pleurobrachia bachei. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (in press).

Pierce, S.K., X. Fang, J.A. Schwartz, X. Jiang ,W. Zhao, N.E. Curtis, K.M. Kocot, B. Yang, and J. Wang. (2011) Transcriptomic evidence for the expression of horizontally transferred algal nuclear genes in the photosynthetic sea slug, Elysia chlorotica. Molecular Biology and Evolution 28(1): 699-706.

Kocot, K.M., J.T. Cannon, C. Todt, A.B. Kohn, M.R. Citarella, A. Meyer, C. Schander, S.R. Santos, L.L. Moroz, B. Lieb, and K.M. Halanych. (2011) Phylogenomics reveals deep molluscan relationships. Nature 477: 452-456.

Kocot, K.M., J.T. Cannon, and K.M. Halanych. 2010. Elucidating animal phylogeny: advances in knowledge and forthcoming challenges. In: Key Transitions in Metazoan Evolution. B. Schierwater and R. DeSalle Eds. Science Publishers, Ensfield, NH, USA.

Jannot, J.E., J. Brinton, K.M. Kocot, O. Akman, and S.A. Julaino. 2009. Ontogenetic mechanisms underlying a geographic size cline in a grasshopper, Romalea microptera. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 102(3) 467-475.

Kocot, K.M. and S.R. Santos. 2009. Secondary structural modeling of the second internal transcribed spacer (ITS2) from Pfiesteria-like dinoflagellates (Dinophyceae). Harmful Algae 8(3):377-441-446.

Kocot, K. M., Baldwin, J. L., Preston, R. L. and Kidder, G. W. 2005. The efficacy of wire minnow traps in assessing populations of Fundulus heteroclitus. The Bulletin, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory 44:65-66. PDF

Abstracts and Presentations

Moroz, L.L., A.B. Kohn, M.R. Citarella, M. Grigorenko, K.M. Kocot, K.M. Halanych, and E. Rogaev. (2012) The Genome of the ctenophore Pleurobrachia bachei: Molecular insights into independent origins of nervous systems. (Oral) Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Charleston, SC.

Curtis, N.E., X. Fang, X. Jiang, J.A. Schwartz, K.M. Kocot, and S.K. Pierce. (2012) Algal, nuclear-encoded gene sequences are present in the transcriptome of the kleptoplastic sea slug, Elysia chlorotica – Further evidence for horizontal gene transfer. (Oral) Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Charleston, SC.

Kocot, K.M., J.T. Cannon, C. Todt, A.B. Kohn, M.R. Citarella, A. Meyer, C. Schander, S.R. Santos, L.L. Moroz, B. Lieb, and K.M. Halanych (2011). Phylogenomics reveals deep molluscan relationships. (Oral presentation for keynote symposium) American Malacological Society, Pittsburgh, PA.

Kocot, K.M., C. Todt, C. Schander, A.H. Scheltema, and K.M. Halanych (2011). New insights into early molluscan evolution from ancestral state reconstruction. (Poster) International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology. Cambridge, MA.

C. Todt and K.M. Kocot (2011). Meiofaunal solenogasters and their “giant” relatives. (Oral) International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology. Cambridge, MA.

K.M. Kocot, J.T. Cannon, C. Todt, A.B. Kohn, M.R. Citarella, A. Meyer, C. Schander, S. R. Santos, L. L. Moroz, B. Lieb, and K. M. Halanych (2011). Phylogenomic investigation of molluscan evolutionary relationships. (Oral) Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference. Auburn, AL.

K.M. Kocot, J.T. Cannon, C. Todt, A.B. Kohn, M.R. Citarella, A. Meyer, C. Schander, S.R. Santos, L.L. Moroz, B. Lieb, and K.M. Halanych (2011). Phylogenomic investigation of molluscan evolutionary relationships. (Poster) Auburn University Graduate Scholars Forum. Auburn, AL.

K.M. Kocot, J.T. Cannon, C. Todt, A.B. Kohn, M.R. Citarella, A. Meyer, C. Schander, S.R. Santos, L.L. Moroz, B. Lieb, and K.M. Halanych (2011). Phylogenomic investigation of molluscan evolutionary relationships. (Oral) Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Salt Lake City, UT.

Meyer, A., K.M. Kocot, K.M. Halanych, and B. Lieb. (2010) Pros and cons of gene selection in phylogenomic inferences by means of topological information (Oral). Systematics in the Age of Genomics. Hamburg, Germany.

Kocot, K.M. and K.M. Halanych. (2009) Molluscan phylogeny investigated using three nuclear protein-coding genes (Oral). Southeastern Evolution and Ecology Conference (SEEC). Gainesville, FL.

Kocot, K.M. and K.M. Halanych. (2009) Molluscan phylogeny investigated using three nuclear protein-coding genes (Oral). Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB). Boston, MA.

Kocot, K.M. and S.R. Santos. (2008) Secondary structural modeling of an RNA spacer in Pfieseria-like dinoflagellates (Oral). AU Cellular and Molecular Biosciences Seminar Series. Auburn, AL.

Kocot, K.M. and S.R. Santos. (2008) Secondary structural modeling of an RNA spacer in Pfieseria-like dinoflagellates (Oral). Southeastern Evolution and Ecology Conference (SEEC). Tallahassee, FL.

E. Murrell, J.A. Frigo, C.E. Bazer, M.S. Dondero, K.M. Kocot, M.J. Timpe, and S.A. Juliano. (2008) Calculation and comparison of R* values in three larval mosquito species (Poster). Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Milwaukee, WI.

Kocot, K. M., J. Jannot, O. Akman, A. J. Thurman, & S. A. Juliano. 2007. Host plant availability and activity patterns among three of lubber grasshopper (Romalea microptera). Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. San Jose, CA.

Kocot, K. M., J. Jannot & S. A. Juliano. 2007. Host plant availability and feeding behavior of three populations of lubber grasshopper (Romalea microptera). ISU Phi Sigma Symposium. Normal, IL.

Kocot, K. M., J. R. Crowner, R. L. Preston, & G. W. Kidder. 2006. Osmoregulatory abilities of two species of killifish. ISU Phi Sigma Symposium. Normal, IL.

Kocot, K. M., A. E. Betzelberger, K.F. Doty, & M. E. Cook. 2005. Ultrastructure and morphology of development in the Charophycean green alga Chaetosphaeridium (Coleochaetales) (Poster). Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting. Austin, TX.

Kocot, K.M. and R.L. Preson. 2005. Measurement of the efficiency of minnow traps in assessing populations of killifish (Poster).  ISU Phi Sigma Symposium. Normal, IL.

Awards and Fellowships

Spring 2011: Auburn University Department of Biological Sciences Kenneth Otis Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship

Spring 2011: SICB DSEB Best Platform Presentation

2007-2008: CMB Fellowship, Cellular and Molecular Biosciences Program, Auburn University

Summer 2007: Friday Harbor Laboratories Summer Awards, University of Washington

Fall 2006: University Club Scholarship, Illinois State University

Spring 2005: Jack A. Ward Service Award, Illinois State University Dept. of Biological Sciences

Spring 2005: Botanical Society of America Developmental and Structural Section Student Travel Award

Spring 2005: Botanical Society of America Phycological Section Student Travel Award