Postdoctoral Research Associate
Office: SCST 347
Kate Boersma, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher in the Biology Department working with Dr. Adam Siepielski. She uses macroinvertebrate communities in fragmented aquatic habitats of the American West as a model system to explore the ecological and evolutionary drivers of observed species distributions. Topics of special interest include mechanisms promoting coexistence in closely-related taxa, resistance and resilience of communities following perturbations, and evolutionary adaptations of aquatic taxa to extreme droughts.
Kevin Curran, PhD, began teaching at the USD Biology Department in 2014. He teaches courses in Cell Biology for majors and Plants and Society for non-majors. Kevin earned his doctorate in developmental biology at the University of Washington in Seattle. His dissertation elucidated the genetic machinery that governs stem cell fate in the zebrafish neural crest. Kevin’s post-doctoral work at the Salk Institute focused on C. elegans behavioral neuroscience, exploring the role of serotonin in predator avoidance behavior. His current research interests are focused on neuroscience and the manner medicinal plants are used to address specific health issues.
His work analyzing clinical results from medicinal plant studies can be seen at ethnoherbalist.com, this site explores which herbal supplements are effective and which are fraudulent.
Office: Shiley Science and Technology 433
Office: SCST 433
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.
Office: Shiley Science and Technology 366
Office: Shiley Science and Technology 472
Office: Shiley Science and Technology 367
Research Associate Professor
Adjunct Professor, Biology
Dr. Williams joined the Faculty as a part time Instructor in the Fall of 2014. She teaches an Introductory Biology course, Biology 101 for non-majors, and Biology 190 Introduction to Evolution, which is the first Biology course in the Core sequence for Biology Majors. She brings years of experience, research and teaching to her classroom.