Kevin Woo is an assistant professor, mentor, and faculty chair at the Metropolitan Center of SUNY Empire State College. He was recently appointed assistant director for the Center for the Study of Pinniped Ecology & Cognition (C-SPEC) at St. Francis College.
With his colleagues, Woo continues to research questions in behavioral ecology, such as the evolution of communication in noisy environments, cognition and learning, with the use of pinnipeds, mammals, invertebrates, birds and fish as models. Currently, he teaches in a number of interdisciplinary areas, such as animal behavior, ecology, evolution and conservation.
It has been a goal for Woo to ensure that sustainability is injected into many of his studies. At ESC, he and his colleagues have been awarded several smaller grants to empower students in urban locations to engage in sustainable activities that can be continued within their own community.
Prior to his appointment at ESC, Woo was a visiting professor of psychology at Southwestern University and then a visiting lecturer of biology at the University of Central Florida.
Woo earned his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Psychology/Biology from Southampton College of Long Island University, an M.Sc, in ecology & biodiversity from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and his Ph.D. in animal behavior from Macquarie University, Australia. He completed postdoctoral work at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science.