Kevin A. Kuehn
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator
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.
Harvey, O.R., A.N. Myers-Pigg, L. Kuo, B.P. Singh, K.A. Kuehn, and P. Louchouarn. (in press) Discrimination in degradability of soil pyrogenic organic matter follows a return on-energy-investment principle. Environmental Science and Technology, http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.est.6b01010
Hendricks, J.J., R.J. Mitchell, K.A. Kuehn and S.D. Pecot. (2016) Ectomycorrhizal extrametrical mycelia turnover in a Longleaf Pine forest. New Phytologist 209:1693-1704.
Kuehn, K.A. (2016) Lentic and lotic habitats as templets for fungal communities: traits, adaptations, and their significance to litter decomposition within freshwater ecosystems. Fungal Ecology 19:135-154
Su, R., K.A. Kuehn and S.W. Phipps. (2015) Carbon and nutrient flow into decomposer fungi during standing-dead Typha domingensis decomposition in a subtropical freshwater marsh. Freshwater Biology 60:2100-2112.
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.
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.
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.