Brian P. Kennedy, Ph.D.
I am an associate professor of aquatic ecology and in the College of Natural Resources. I received my undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Colgate University and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Dartmouth College. After finishing my dissertation work on the foraging ecology and bioenergetics of Atlantic salmon, I worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Michigan, where I developed approaches for reconstructing the behavior, migration and environmental history of fish using the geochemical information stored in fish otoliths. I joined the faculty at the University of Idaho in 2005. My research and scientific interests incorporate many aspects of aquatic and fish ecology. I ask questions about food web and community interactions in streams, the relationship between habitat availability and fish performance, and the consequences of life history variability for population structure. My work on the microchemistry of fish otoliths has resulted in international interest and collaboration. We are working on a number of projects that use otolith chemistry to reconstruct life history, assess hydrologic impacts on migration and distinguish populations.