Research Associate Professor

Dr Kays with a studentI teach and advise graduate and undergraduate student research at North Carolina State University. I am in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and work with the cross-departmental Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology program and Public Science Cluster.   I serve as the major advisor for Masters and Ph.D. students, but only take new students when funding is secured (by you or me).  Any new open positions for students or post docs will be advertised at the bottom of this page.


I’ve been teaching Mammalogy annually for the last four years but will switch to every-other year so I can take on FW 221, Conservation of Natural Resources starting in the Fall of 2017.  Mammalogy will be offered Falls of 2018, 2020, 2022 etc…  Here are some links for Mammalogy, I’ll add information about 221 when the semester starts.

FW444/544 – Mammalogy

Mammalogy 2014 Syllabus


Video of the Mammalogy lab section preparing museum specimens in the Biodiversity lab at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.


Video of the Mammalogy class field trip to the Smokey Mountains.


Video of the Mammalogy class field trip to the Smithsonian.


  • We have openings for volunteers in the Biodiversity lab, contact Lisa Gatens ( if you are interested.
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