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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

  • Land use differentially alters microbial interactions and detritivore feeding during leaf decomposition in headwater streams, Freshwater Biology, 2023, 10.1111/fwb.14111
  • Dirt cheap: An experimental test of controls on resource exchange in an ectomycorrhizal symbiosis, New Phytologist, 2023, 10.1111/nph.18603
  • Poor recovery of fungal denitrification limits nitrogen removal capacity in a constructed Gulf Coast marsh, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2022, 10.1016/j.soilbio.2022.108692
  • Global Patterns and Controls of Nutrient Immobilization on Decomposing Cellulose in Riverine Ecosystems, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 2022, 10.1029/2021gb007163
  • Algal-driven priming of cellulose decomposition along a phosphorus gradient in stream mesocosms, Freshwater Science, 2021, 10.1086/717127
  • 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
  • Functional importance and diversity of fungi during standing grass litter decomposition, Oecologia, 2021, 10.1007/s00442-020-04838-y
  • Ecological significance of autotrophic-heterotroph microbial interactions in freshwaters, Freshwater Biology, 2020, 10.1111/fwb.13530
  • Periphytic algae decouple fungal activity from leaf litter decomposition via negative priming, Functional Ecology, 2019, 10.1111/1365-2435.13235
  • 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

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