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Jeffrey J. Kovatch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Biological Sciences
116 Science Building

B.S. University of Pittsburgh 
Ph.D. Syracuse University 

Research Interests

  • Metabolic scaling and energetics
  • Large river ecology
  • Animal physiological ecology










2016 Kovatch Lab News



·    More really big news from the lab on the grant front.  In collaboration with Dr. Bill Ford in the School of Engineering at Marshall and collaborators at Murray State University (KY) and the University of Kentucky, we were awarded a $3.8 million grant from the NSF that will study toxic algae blooms using environmental sensors and cyberinfrastructure.  The grant is for 4 years and is a partnership between the states of West Virginia and Kentucky.  A link from press on the grant from Murray State.

·    June 2016 – Sam Cogar (BS Mathematics 2015), now a PhD candidate at the University of  Delaware in the Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, has been awarded a highly competitive National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship to support his research in computational methods for inverse scattering. Another great achievement by a former lab member. Congratulations!

·    April 2016 – Emma Kist (MS 2016) defended her thesis “Comparative analysis of the metabolism and energetics of daters (Percidae)” and graduated in May.  She is now working at US Corps of Engineers.  Great work on the thesis and congratulations on landing the job!

·     April 2016 – Emma Kist (MS candidate) gave an oral presentation on work related to her thesis at the annual meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Sciences at Marshall University.

·     March 2016 – Emily Wallace (undergraduate Biology major) joined the lab. She is investigating temporal changes in the bacterial community of a fourth order watershed.  The work is supported by the Fourpole Creek Watershed Association. Welcome Emily.

·     March 2016 – Tuesday Simmons (BS Biology 2015), now a PhD candidate at the University of California at Berkeley, was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her work on marine microbial ecology.  This is quite an honor. Congratulations!

·     February 2016 – Submitted an NSF Track II grant with colleagues from Marshall, U. of Kentucky, and Murray State U. for Sensing and Educating the Nexus to Sustain Ecosystems (SENSE) in the Ohio River valley.

·     January 2016 – Dr. Kovatch has started to convert to the R Statistical Package after 15 solid years of being a “SAS person.” The learning curve is steep and Dr. Kovatch is still not sold on R.  He is teaching R in his Biostatistics course this semester.





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