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Paul Kemp, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Paul Kemp, PhD, began teaching in the Biology Department in 1997. He teaches introductory classes in biology for both biology majors and non-science majors, as well as upper division classes in Conservation Biology, Ecology, and Global Change Ecology. His research interests include studies of nutrient cycling in forest, grassland, and desert ecosystems, and plant population dynamics in response to natural and human-caused climate change.


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PhD, Washington State University (plant ecology) BS, Colorado State University (forest biology) Post Doctoral, New Mexico State University (environmental biology)

Scholarly and Creative Work

Kemp’s research has focused on ecosystem structure and function, especially nutrient cycling in forest, grassland, and desert ecosystems of the western U. S. These studies have often addressed the potential effects on nutrient cycling of human-caused changes in atmospheric CO2, climate, and nitrogen pollution. His research in arid ecosystems also includes long-term dynamics of plant populations in response to both natural and human-caused climate variation.

Teaching Interests

Kemp currently teaches Ecology and Environmental Biology (Biol/Envi 112), which introduces both non-science majors and environmental science majors to the process of science as it relates to the very broad and complex arena of human connectedness to ecological systems and their impacts upon these systems.  He teaches the upper division classes, Conservation Biology (Biol 364), Ecology Laboratory (Biol 460), and Global Change Biology (Biol 494). He also teaches introductory biology (Biol 190 or Biol 221) for biology majors.