Kevin A. Kuehn

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator

Teaching Interests

Principles of Biological Sciences I
Introductory Ecology
Microbial Ecology
Introductory Mycology
Limnology
Wetland Ecosystems
Ecosystem Ecology

 

Research Interests

Through my research I seek to expand our knowledge of organic matter processing and biogeochemical cycles in ecosystems. I am particularly interested in the role of fungal organisms in these processes. Despite the wealth of qualitative evidence indicating fungal colonization of plant detritus, very little research has examined the quantitative impacts of fungal organisms on biogeochemical cycles at the ecosystem scale, or their potential contribution to total ecosystem metabolism. The main area of my research focuses on fungal-mediated detrital processes in freshwater and estuarine ecosystems, specifically emergent marshes. However, over the years my interests have expanded to include a variety of research questions ranging from microbial interactions in ecosystems to other potential impacts (e.g., oil spills, invasive species) on fungal-mediated detrital processes.

 

Representative Publications

Su, R., K.A. Kuehn and S.W. Phipps. (2015) Carbon and nutrient flow into decomposer fungi during standing-dead Typha domingensisdecomposition in a subtropical freshwater marsh. Freshwater Biology http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/fwb.12635/epdf

Tant, C.J., A.D. Rosemond, A.S. Mehring, K.A. Kuehn and J.M. Davis. (2015) The role of aquatic fungi in nutrient-mediated organic matter transformations. Freshwater Biology 60:1354-1363. 

Mehring, A.S., K.A. Kuehn, A. Thompson, G. Vellidis, C.M. Pringle, A.D. Rosemond, M.R. First and R.R. Lowrance (2015) Leaf litter nutrient uptake in an intermittent blackwater river: Influence of tree species and associated biotic and abiotic drivers. Functional Ecology 29:849-860.

Sinsabaugh, R.L., J.J Follstad-Shah, S.G Findlay, K.A. Kuehn, and D.L. Moorhead. (2015) Scaling microbial biomass, metabolism and resource supply. Biogeochemistry 122:175-190.

Kuehn, K.A., S.N. Francoeur, R.H. Findlay and R.K. Neely. (2014) Priming in the microbial landscape: periphytic algal stimulation of litter-associated microbial decomposers. Ecology 95:749-762.

Mehring, A.S., G. Vellidis, K.A. Kuehn, C.M. Pringle, C.J Tant and R.R. Lowrance. (2014) Contribution of surface leaf litter breakdown and forest composition to benthic oxygen demand and ecosystem respiration in a South Georgia blackwater river. Freshwater Science 33:377-389.

Sinsabaugh, R.L., J. Belnap, J.J Follstad-Shah, B. H. Hill, C. Kuske, M. Litvak, N. Matinez, D.L. Moorhead, S.G Findlay, K.A. Kuehn and D. Warnock. (2014) Extracellular enzyme kinetics scale with resource availability. Biogeochemisty 121:287-304.