School of Biological Sciences

Kenneth Kardong

Name: Kenneth Kardong
Field of Study: Evolution / Reptiles
Title: Professor Emeritus
Degrees: Ph.D., Zoology, University of Illinois, Urbana
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Office: 263 Eastlick
Phone: 509-335-2300
Fax: 509-335-3184
Mailing Address: School of Biological Sciences
Washington State University
PO Box 644236
Pullman WA 99164-4236

Research Interests

My research is focused upon the evolution of complex systems and the evolutionary processes involved. This has led to studies on marine and terrestrial organisms. But at present, the research centers upon the evolution of the complex jaw apparatus of advanced snakes. This is approached first through a thorough morphological description of the apparatus, followed by detailed functional and behavioral analyses of the organism. In the past, graduate students joining in these studies have focused upon ecological, behavioral, and biomechanical studies in approaching the larger evolutionary questions

Representative Publications

Kardong, K. V., and V. L. Bels, 1998. Rattlesnake Strike Behavior: Kinematics. Journal of Experimental Biology 201: 837-850.

Kardong, K. V., and H. Berkhoudt, 1998. Intraoral transport of prey in the reticulated Python: tests of a general tetrapod feeding model. Zoology 101: 7-23.

Kardong, K. V. 1986. The strike behavior of the rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis oreganus. J. Comp. Psych. 100: 304-314.

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