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Dr. Bret Kuss
Professor of Biology

B. Kuss

Dr. Bret Kuss, a vertebrate biologist, was invited to join the Cumberland College faculty in 1989. He attended Southwest Baptist University, earning a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry in 1980. In 1986, he earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Kuss is a member of the Kentucky Academy of Science, the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, and the Herpetologist’s League. His research focuses on the distribution, habitat selection, behavior, and ecology of salamanders.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 343 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 348 Vertebrate Embryology
  • BIOL 442 Comparative Anatomy
  • BIOL 447 Histology
  • BIOL 460 Ecological Field Methods

Publications, Presentations, and Research

1998. Evaluation of a method of sampling for relative densities of larval salamanders in stream communities. Poster. Highlands Conference on Plethodontid Salamanders.

1998. Testing the assumption that satiated salamanders are less likely to risk nocturnal movements. Poster. Joint meetings of SSAR & HL.