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Kimberly Pause Tucker , Ph.D.

Director, Center for Environmental Stewardship and Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences | Fine School of the Sciences
Kimberly Tucker
Office Hours

Fall 2018
Tuesdays 10 AM - 11 AM
Thursdays 10 AM - 12 PM
and by appointment.

Office Location

Kevin J. Manning Academic Center
Faculty Office: N114
Center for Environmental Stewardship: N181

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  • Ph.D., Genetics, University of Florida (2007)
  • B.S., Biological Sciences; Florida State University (2003)

Professional Experience

    Director, Center for Environmental Stewardship
    Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
    Faculty in the Halls Mentor
    Promotion to Associate Professor, April 2016
    Director, STEM Initiatives
    Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
    Assistant Professor, Biology/Coastal Ecology
    Adjunct Professor, Biology/Genetics
    Postdoctoral Fellow


The aim of my current research projects is to use genetic and microbiological techniques to study population dynamics and evolutionary questions in environmental microbiology. I have focused my research on our local Chesapeake Bay watershed, where we have studied the effect of used motor oil, a component of stormwater runoff, on bacterial growth and metabolism. My undergraduate research students and I have isolated and characterized bacteria from the nearby stream and the Baltimore Inner Harbor, subjected each of the isolates to tests to determine their affinity for used motor oil, and are now subjecting the bacterial isolates to multiple generations of exposure to used motor oil to select for enhanced ability to utilize oil while examining evolutionary processes. Communities of bacteria from freshwater stream sediment have also been subjected to the used motor oil challenge, increasing the number of colony forming units compared to untreated.

Additional areas of collaborative research in the field of molecular ecology range from tick-borne disease surveillance to local crayfish population genetics.

Students presenting our research at external meetings. From left to right, Laura Grammer ’13, Katie Mistretta ’14, Hadassa Guttman ’14, and Dr. Tucker at the International Congress for Conservation Biology in 2013; Amber LaPeruta ’15 presenting her award-winning poster and oral presentation at the American Society for Microbiology Maryland Branch meeting in 2014; Sergut Admasu ’15 and Ava Schein ’15 presenting at the Maryland Water Monitoring Council (MWMC) Conference in 2014; and a representative of the MWMC, Emily Hicks, and Kate Krasnodemski presenting their award-winning poster at the MWMC Conference in 2015.


Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications 

* Indicates undergraduate student author.

K. M. Krasnodemski*, E. Hicks-Cochran*, S. Admasu*, A. S. Ellett*, D. Mayfield-Jackson*, M. Socks*, and K. P. Tucker (in preparation for Environmental Microbiology) Growth and metabolism of freshwater bacterial communities and isolates exposed to used motor oil.

K. M. Krasnodemski*, E. Cochran*, A. Ellett*, D. Mayfield-Jackson*, K. P. Tucker (accepted) Response of freshwater bacterial isolates exposed to used motor oil. BIOS

K. P. Tucker and C. E. Moran (in press) More than just pulling weeds: A case study of engaging upper-division Conservation Biology students in Service-Learning. Experiential Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

H. S. Guttman*, S. Youngren, and K. P. Tucker (2016) Environmental microbial community analysis methods as applied to bioremediation.   BIOS. 87(3):85-95 [link]

M. Hopkins, S. Kailasan, A. Cohen, K. P. Tucker, A. Shevenell, M. Agbandje-McKenna, M. Breitbart (2014) Diversity of single-stranded DNA phages (Family Microviridae) in the environment revealed through PCR amplification of the partial major capsid protein.  ISME Journal. Advanced Online Publication [link]

K. P. Tucker, M. E. Kellogg, R.K. Bonde, J.D. Austin, A. Clark, C.A. Beck, P.M. McGuire, M.K. Oli (2012) Low genetic diversity and population substructure in the endangered Florida manatee: Implications for conservation. Journal of Mammalogy. 93(6):1504-1511 [link

K. P. Tucker, R. Parsons, E. M. Symonds, and M. Breitbart (2011) Diversity and distribution of novel single-stranded DNA phages in the North Atlantic Ocean. The ISME Journal. 5, 822-830 [link

T. Sime-Ngando, S. Lucas, A. Robin, K. P. Tucker, J. Colombet, Y. Bettarel, E. Desmond, S. Gribaldo, P. Forterre, M. Breitbart, D. Prangishvili. (2011) Diversity of virus-host systems in hypersaline Lake Retba, Senegal. Environmental Microbiology.  13: no. doi: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2010.02323.x [link]

K. C. Pause, C. Nourisson, A. M. Clark, M. E. Kellogg, R. K. Bonde, P. M. McGuire. (2007).  Polymorphic microsatellite DNA markers for the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris).  Molecular Ecology Notes. 7,1073-1076. [link]

K. C. Pause, R. K. Bonde, P. M. McGuire, R. T. Zori, B. A. Gray (2006) G-banded karyotype and ideogram for the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis).  Journal of Heredity.  97, 303-306 [link]


BIO113L – General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics Lab

BIO115L – General Biology III: Ecology and Evolution Lab 

BIO235L – Diversity of Life (Service-Learning)

BIO275 – Environmental Science 

BIO307 – Marine Biology and Lab (Service-Learning)

BIO 315/ENV315 – Evolution and Phylogenetics

BIO330 – Molecular Genetics Laboratory 

BIO440 – Topics in Biology- Human Health and the Environment 

ENV330 – Conservation Biology (Service-Learning)

SCI100 – School of the Sciences New Student Seminar

SL101 – Community as Your Classroom Seminar (Service-Learning)


Grant Funding Received

In progress

  • Stevenson University ECO (Environmental and Community Outreach) Reps Program, BGE Green Grant, $5,000 (July 2018-present)
  • Expanding Your Horizons Sponsorship, Toyota Financial Services, $4,200 (July 2018-present, renewable)
  • Microbial diversity in the Jones Falls following an oil spill, Stevenson University Faculty Research Grant $2,500 (July 2018-present)


  • SU Center for Environmental Stewardship selected as a Host Site for the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, Chesapeake Bay Trust, $17,000 equivalent (August 2017-August 2018)
    • Through this opportunity, an additional $1,250 was awarded to the CES through the Corps member for an event entitled “Through the Green Ceiling” about diversity and inclusion in the outdoors (July 2018).
  • Stevenson University Native Plant Habitat Demonstration Garden, BGE Green Grants, $5000 (July 2017-July 2018)
    • This project leveraged approximately an additional $3,000 from donations, fundraisers, and other grants for a total project cost of over $8,000
  • Integrating Climate Change into the Curriculum: A Collaboration Among Three Schools (Stevenson University, Goucher College, and Loyola University Maryland) to create the Baltimore Higher Education Climate Consortium, MADE CLEAR Climate Change Education Summit, $5,000 per school for total of $15,000 (July 2016-July 2017) [Link: Learn about the BEE Network]
  • Conservation Biology Service-Learning Project- Invasive Species Removal and Community Outreach, Stevenson University Alan Penczek Service-Learning Fund, $740 (September 2015-December 2015)
  • Incorporating Electronic Laboratory Notebooks into an Introductory Ecology Course, Stevenson University Faculty Development Scholarship Grant, $2,500 (April 2014-January 2015)
  • What goes in must come out… Making connections in the community by tracking the path of trash in the Jones Falls Watershed, Chesapeake Bay Trust, $10,000 (February 2013-February 2014)
  • Identification of Microbial Biodiversity and Community Structure in Baltimore Harbor, Stevenson University Seed Grant, $5,800 (December 2012-June 2013) and SU Summer Research Scholars Program (S3RP) mentor and two student researchers' salaries, $13,500 (May 2013-August 2013) 

Recent Honors and Awards

  • National Society for Experiential Education Rising Leader (2016)
  • Environmental Leadership Program: Chesapeake Regional Fellow (2016 Cohort)
  • Stevenson University Student Employee Supervisor of the Year (2016)
  • Building Community Award, Stevenson University Human Resources (2016)
  • Program of the Month: Mustangs Make a Difference Day, National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Stevenson University (2015)
  • Outstanding Advisor of the Year: Environmental Club, Stevenson University 2013)
  • Best Collaborative Program: Environmental Club/GreenFest, Stevenson University (2013)

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