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Kevin Kuehn

Dr. Kevin Kuehn

Full Professor


Dr. Kuehn received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aquatic Biology and Master’s degree in Biology from Texas State University. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Biology (Ecology) from the University of Alabama and did further Post-Doctoral research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG) in Kastanienbaum, Switzerland and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York.

Dr. Kuehn's research seeks to expand our knowledge of organic matter processing and biogeochemical cycles in ecosystems. He is 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. The main area of Dr. Kuehn's research focuses on fungal-mediated detrital processes in freshwater and estuarine ecosystems.

  • Biology (Ecology) (PHD) - University of Alabama (1997)
  • Biology (MS) - Texas State University (1987)
  • Aquatic Biology (BS) - Texas State University (1985)

BSC 110 - Principles of Biological Sciences I
BSC 340 - Introductory Ecology
BSC 382 - Microbial Ecology
BSC 426L/526L - Introductory Mycology
BSC 444L/544L - Limnology

  • Brown meets green: Light and nutrient availability alter detritivore assimilation of microbial nutrients from leaf litter, Ecology, 2021, 10.1002/ecy.3358
  • A literature synthesis resolves litter intrinsic constraints on fungal dynamics and decomposition across standing dead macrophytes, Oikos, 2021, 10.1111/oik.08174
  • Carbon subsidies shift a northern peatland biofilm community towards heterotrophy in low but not high nutrient conditions, Freshwater Biology, 2021, 10.1111/fwb.13663
  • Functional importance and diversity of fungi during standing grass litter decomposition, Oecologia, 2021, 10.1007/s00442-020-04838-y
  • Leaf litter decomposition and microbial responses to light and macroinvertebrate consumer manipulations in experimental streams, Freshwater Science, 2021, 10.1086/714516
  • Filter feeders have differential bottom-up impacts on green and brown food webs, Oecologia, 2021, 10.1007/s00442-020-04821-7
  • Ecological significance of autotrophic-heterotroph microbial interactions in freshwaters, Freshwater Biology, 2020, 10.1111/fwb.13530
  • Effects of temperature and light gradients on algal stimulation of litter-associated microbial heterotrophs, Freshwater Biology, 2020, 10.1111/fwb.13465
  • Fungal growth rates and production, In: M.A.S. Graça, F. Bärlocher and M.O. Gessner (eds.), Methods to Study Litter Decomposition: A Practical Guide, 2nd edition, 2020, 10.1007/978-3-030-30515-4_28
  • Periphytic algae decouple fungal activity from leaf litter decomposition via negative priming, Functional Ecology, 2019, 10.1111/1365-2435.13235
  • Bullying Prevention for Higher Education Staff
  • Unlawful Harassment Prevention for Higher Education Faculty
  • Code of Conduct for Higher Education
  • Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence: Title IX, VAWA and Clery Act for Faculty and Staff
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Title IX: Preventing Sexual Misconduct for Faculty and Staff – "Responsible Employee" Edition
  • Mycological Society of America
  • British Mycological Society
  • International Society for Microbial Ecology
  • Society for Wetland Scientists
  • Society for Freshwater Science
  • English (Native or Bilingual)

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Areas of Expertise

Microbiology, Mycology, Microbial Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Environmental Science