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Keri M Kemp

University of Georgia
Odum School of Ecology
Athens, GA 30602

email: kerimkemp@gmail.com

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PhD Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia Advisor: Erin K. Lipp; Dissertation Topic: Host-microbiome interactions in response to disease and dysbiosis

MS School of Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia Advisor: Mark E. Hay; Thesis Topic: Activated chemical defenses and aquatic chemical signaling

BS Department of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

Research Interests

Disease in complex host-microbial systems
Effects of global climate change and anthropogenic stressors on host-microbial interactions
Trait-based microbial ecology
Comparative microbial genomics 

Research Projects

Seasonal dynamics, diversity, and disease-association of Vibrio bacteria in the surface mucus layer of the critically threatened elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata

Comparative genomic analyses to assess the genetic diversity, metabolic capabilities, and virulence attributes of coral-associated Vibrio bacteria

Utilizing time-series analyses to assess changes in phylogenetic diversity and functioning of coral-associated microbial communities during the onset and progression of disease

Honors and Awards

2016 UGA Graduate School Travel Award, $1500
2015 The Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean Grants-in-Aid of Student Marine Research, $1500
2015 Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant, UGA Graduate School, $1500
2015 Odum School of Ecology UGA Endowment Grant, $1400
2012-2015 International Women's Fishing Association Scholarship, $4000
2013 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Oceans and Human Health Trainee Fellowship, $15,000
2013 UGA Graduate School Travel Award, $750
2013 Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant, UGA Graduate School, $1000
2012 Kappa Gamma Graduate Scholarship, $3000
2012 Odum School of Ecology UGA Endowment Grant, $2400
2012 Sigma XI Grant in Aid of Research, $500
2012 Ecological Society of America Eugene P. Odum best student presentation at the Association of Southeastern Biologists, $500
2010 American Museum of Natural History Lerner-Gray Grant for Marine Research, $1500
2007-2010 International Women's Fishing Association Scholarship, $2000
2007-2010 Kappa Gamma Graduate Scholarship, $9000
2009 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Stanley Rand Short-term Fellowship, $5300
2007-2009 National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship, Aquatic Chemical Signaling, $30,000

Selected Publications

Westrich JR, Ebling AM, Landing WM, Joyner JL, Kemp KM, Griffin DW, Lipp EK. 2016. Saharan dust nutrients promote Vibrio bloom formation in marine surface waters. Accepted Proc Natl Acad Sci

Sutherland KP, Berry B, Park A, Kemp DW, Kemp KM, Lipp EK, Porter JP. 2016. Coral disease etiologies as moving targets: a 20-year case study of white pox disease affecting Acropora palmata in the Florida Keys, 1994-2014. Phil Trans R Soc B 371 20150205. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0205

Kemp DW, Rivers AR, Kemp KM, Porter JW, Lipp EK, Wares JP. 2015. Spatial homogeneity of bacterial communities associated with the surface mucus layer of the reef-building coral Acropora palmata. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0143790. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0143790

Goodman KM and ME Hay. 2013. Activated chemical defenses suppress herbivory of freshwater red algae. Oecologia 171(4): 921–933. DOI:10.1007/s00442-012-2455-0


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