Kenneth Curry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

My formal research training is in developmental morphology of fungi and plants. I have studied development of fungal spores (ascospores), orchid scent glands (osmophores), and fungal invasion of strawberry and blackberry tissue. Much of my research is at the ultrastructural level using a transmission electron microscope and occasionally involves techniques in cytochemistry, immunocytochemistry, and morphometry.

I have interests in the philosophy of biology and its relationship to the history of biology. Aspects of scale and hierarchy in natural systems, especially at scales of organization much smaller (nanometer) or much larger (global) than humans, is an extension of my work in electron microscopy. Theoretical aspects of evolution and biological systematics are among my research interests. I am especially interested in the philosophical underpinnings of the concept of species and philosophical considerations of problems in evolutionary biology. The history of ideas, such as the nature and application of teleology, is an area of active study for me.

Miller-Butler, M.A., K.J. Curry, B.R. Kreiser, and B.J. Smith. 2012. Comparison of Visual and Electronic Evaluations of Detached Strawberry Leaves Inoculated with Colletotrichum Species. International Journal of Fruit Science 13:114–125.

Curry, K.J., R.H. Bennett, P.J. Smithka, and M.H. Hulbert. 2009. Hierarchical modeling of biogeochemical processes and mechanisms that drives clay nano- and microfabric development. Pages 287–317 in New Nanotechniques, A. Malik and R.J. Rawat, eds., Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York.

Curry, K.J., R.H. Bennett, L.M. Mayer, A. Curry, M. Abril, P.M. Biesiot, and M.H. Hulbert. 2007. Direct Visualization of Clay Microfabric Signatures Driving Organic Matter Preservation in Fine-grained Sediment. Geochimca et Cosmochimica Acta. 71:1709–1720.

Curry, K.J., and R.E. Baird, 2007. Ascomycota: The Filamentous Fungi Forming Perithecia, Apothecia, and Ascostromata. In Plant Pathology 2nd ed., R. Trigiano, M.T. Windham, and A.S. Windham, eds., CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Curry, K.J., M. Abril, J.B. Avant, & B.J. Smith. 2002. Strawberry Anthracnose: Histopathology of Colletotrichum acutatum and C. fragariae. Phytopathology 92: 1055―1063.

Curry, K. J., L. M. McDowell, W. S. Judd, & W. L. Stern. 1991. Osmophores, floral features, and systematics of Stanhopea (Orchidaceae). Amer. J. Bot. 78: 610-623.

Curry, K.J. 1987. Initiation of terpenoid synthesis in osmophores of Stanhopea anfracta (Orchidaceae): A cytochemical study. Amer. J. Bot. 74: 1332–1338.

Curry, K.J. 1985. Ascosporogenesis in Dipodascopsis tothii. Mycologia 77: 401–411.