Prof. Peter Kotanen

Prof. Kotanen Guest on View to the U

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 9:00am

The latest episode of View to the U podcast features Prof. Peter Kotanen.

This didn't come as a suprise, as this season View to the U is about "adventures in research" and Prof. Kotanen has great stories to tell.

Carla de Marco, the host of the View to the U, is the perfect host, with wonder and anticipation in her voice, asking all the questions listeners would want her to ask when speaking about research, adventures and polar bears with Prof. Kotanen.

Carla notes that :

On this latest episode of VIEW to the U, Professor Peter Kotanen from the Department of Biology at UofT Mississauga discusses his research and current projects, which have “ecological interactions between plants and their natural enemies,” such as herbivores, insects, and pathogens, at their core. But our chat is also infused with a couple of Peter’s tales from the field, in some of the wilderness in the northern parts of Canada, and for the second time on this podcast, we are privy to polar bear sightings in the Arctic. But he also has his own Gilligan’s Island-type story where he was shipwrecked on an island for days, with no movie star or millionaires in the mix, but at least one professor. We also talk about geese – both the Snow Geese that are part of his research, as well as the Canada Geese that are living large at UofT Mississauga.

Prof. Kotanen also speaks about the difficulties his research is facing during pandemic times. With travel halted, he had to find other ways to further his research on the effects of natural enemies on non-native species.

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