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Owings Mills Campus
Garrison Hall North, Second Floor
Kimberly Pause Tucker , Ph.D.
Wednesdays 11 AM - 2 PM and by appointment.
Kevin J. Manning Academic Center
Faculty Office: N114
Center for Environmental Stewardship: N181
- Ph.D., Genetics, University of Florida (2007)
- B.S., Biological Sciences; Florida State University (2003)
- STEVENSON UNIVERSITY
Director, Center for Environmental Stewardship
Professor, Biological Sciences
Faculty in the Halls Mentor
Promotion to Associate Professor, April 2016
Promotion to Professor, April 2019
- STEVENSON UNIVERSITY
Director, STEM Initiatives
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
- COLLEGE OF COASTAL GEORGIA
Assistant Professor, Biology/Coastal Ecology
- UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA
Adjunct Professor, Biology/Genetics
- UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA COLLEGE OF MARINE SCIENCE
Ticks are known to carry a number of disease-causing microbes, including the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Five species of ticks can be found in Maryland and one commonly found (black-legged deer tick) can transmit not only Lyme disease, but other important human pathogens, as well. White-tailed deer (WTD) in Maryland are an important part of the tick life cycle and may carry human pathogens. To study the distribution and prevalence of some of these disease agents, we are collecting ticks from parks throughout Maryland along with other important data (e.g. GPS coordinates, tick life stage, temperature, humidity, etc.). Once ticks are collected, we will use DNA analysis to identify pathogens in ticks and deer blood with qPCR and next generation sequencing. These data and organisms detected will be used to create a data set for future studies. We also aim to collect fresh blood and ticks from the carcasses of WTD during managed hunts. This will allow us to link any microbes found in ticks to a natural host. As a result of this work, we will learn more about tick distribution and the disease-causing agents in ticks and carriers in Maryland, including but not limited to Lyme disease. This research is currently funded by the Lyme Foundation of Maryland.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
* Indicates undergraduate student author.
M. Snead*, 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 (2019) Response of freshwater bacterial isolates exposed to used motor oil. BIOS. 90(2): 105-111. [link]
K. P. Tucker and C. E. Moran (2018) 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: A Journal for Engaged Educators. 2(1): 47–56. [link]
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
BIO218 – Careers in Biological Science
BIO235L – Diversity of Life (Service-Learning)
BIO275 – Environmental Science
BIO307 – Marine Biology and Lab (Service-Learning)
BIO 315/ENV315 – Evolution
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 (Service-Learning)
SVC101 – Foundations of Service-Learning
Grant Funding Received
- Monitoring Maryland Ticks for Abundant and Emerging Diseases, Lyme Foundation of Maryland, $47,750 (May 2019 present).
- I am PI of the subcontract from Johns Hopkins University to fund research at SU.
- Stevenson University ECO (Environmental and Community Outreach) Reps Program: Developing Future Leaders, BGE Green Grant, $4,000 (July 2019-present)
- SU Student-Driven Service Project Mini-Grants, T. Rowe Price Foundation, $20,000 (September 2018-present, renewable)
- Expanding Your Horizons Sponsorship, Toyota Financial Services Foundation, $8,400 (July 2018-present, renewable)
- Conservation Biology Service-Learning Project- Wetland Field Guide, Stevenson University Alan Penczek Service-Learning Fund, $1000 (December 2018-December 2019)
- Monitoring Maryland Ticks for Abundant and Emerging Diseases, SU Summer Research Scholars Program (S3RP) mentor and two student researchers' salaries, $8,000 equivalent (May 2019-August 2019)
- Stevenson University ECO (Environmental and Community Outreach) Reps Program, BGE Green Grant, $5,000 (July 2018-July 2019)
- Microbial diversity in the Jones Falls following an oil spill, Stevenson University Faculty Research Grant $2,500 (July 2018-July 2019)
- 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)
- 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
- Chesapeake Bay Trust Educator of the Year (2019)
- 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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