Nancy Kohn, Ph.d.

Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Ph.D.

Email: nkohn@cottey.edu

Dr. Kohn has a B.S. in Art and Biology from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, a M.S. in Biology from Saint Louis University, and a Ph.D. from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology. Dr. Kohn was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratoire Evolution, Génomes et Spéciation, CNRS, France, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri – Saint Louis. Prior to joining the Cottey faculty in 2018, Dr. Kohn was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lyon College.

Dr. Kohn teaches many biology courses at Cottey. These courses include:

Animal Behavior
Biology Capstone
Botany with an art component
Communicating Science
Principles of Biology II

Dr. Kohn’s area of expertise is in Animal Behavior. She studies recognition memory in territorial salamanders and learning and memory in fruit flies. Dr. Kohn is a member of the Missouri Herpetological Society, The Ecological Society of America, and has been a Member of the Animal Behavior Society since 2002.

In addition, Dr. Kohn is a co-coordinator of the Biology Program, a co-organizer of the Cottey Garden, and takes part in a local art group.


  • R.G. Jaeger, B. Gollmann, C. D. Anthony, C. R. Gabor, and N. R. Kohn. 2016. Behavioral Ecology of the Eastern Red-backed Salamander: 50 Years of Research. Oxford University Press. New York, USA.
  • Kohn, N. R., C. J. Reaume, C. Moreno, J. G. Burns, M. B. Sokolwski, and F. Mery. 2013. Social environment influences performance in a cognitive task in natural variants of the foraging PLoS ONE 8:e81272.
  • Kohn, N. R., J. M. Deitloff, S. F. Dartez, M. M. Wilcox, and R. G. Jaeger. 2013. Memory of conspecifics in male salamanders, Plethodon cinereus: implications for territorial defense. Current Zoology 59:326-334.
  • Kohn, N.R., and R.G. Jaeger. 2009. Male salamanders remember individuals based on chemical or visual cues. Behaviour 146:1485-1498.
  • Joseph, L. L.*, C. T. Cope*, N. R. Kohn, and R. G. Jaeger. 2005. The influence of familiarity on socially monogamous behavior of red-backed salamanders. Herpetologica 61:343-348.


  • Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior Early Career Symposium, May 2019
  • Animal Behavior Society Annual Conference, Virtual Meeting, July 2020
  • The Ecological Society of America, Virtual Meeting, August 2020


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