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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

  • Resource constraints highlight complex microbial interactions during lake biofilm development, Journal of Ecology, 2019, 10.1111/1365-2745.13223
  • Fungal decomposers in freshwater environments, In: C.J. Hurst (ed), The Structure and Function of Aquatic Microbial Communities - Advances in Environmental Microbiology Series, Vol 7. , 2019, 10.1007/978-3-030-16775-2_5
  • Periphytic algae decouple fungal activity from leaf litter decomposition via negative priming, Functional Ecology, 2019, 10.1111/1365-2435.13235
  • Algal-mediated priming effects on ecological stoichiometry of leaf litter decomposition: A meta-analysis, Frontiers in Earth Science (Biogeoscience), 2019, 10.3389/feart.2019.00076
  • Global patterns and drivers of ecosystem functioning in rivers and riparian zones, Science Advances , 2019, 10.1126/sciadv.aav0486
  • Physical Processes Dictate Early Biogeochemical Dynamics of Soil Pyrogenic Organic Matter in a Subtropical Forest Ecosystem, Frontiers in Earth Science (Biogeoscience), 2018, 10.3389/feart.2018.00052
  • Lentic and lotic habitats as templets for fungal communities: traits, adaptations, and their significance to litter decomposition within freshwater ecosystems, Fungal Ecology, 2016, 10.1016/j.funeco.2015.09.009
  • 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

Fungal Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Biogeochemistry