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Michael Kingston

Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
McMichael Science Building 124E
2625 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
kingston@elon.edu (336) 278-6182

Brief Biography

In addition to his position as a Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, Dr. Kingston serves as the Curator of the Elon University Roger Barbour Collection of wildlife images.  He served as the Biology Department Chair from 2002-2006 and the Environmental Studies Interim Chair from 2009-2011.  He has taught a variety of courses on the following topics:  population biology, aquatic biology, field biology in Jamaica, field biology in Belize, biostatistics, environmental issues of Southeast Asia, and ecological research.  He has also taught Marine Ecology and Marine Invertebrate Zoology as an adjunct summer faculty member at the Duke University Marine Laboratory.

Over the last 20 years, his research interests have centered on the evolutionary ecology of benthic marine and freshwater microalgae with a focus on the genus Euglena.  He has conducted field research in California, Oregon, and Alaska as well as North Carolina.  Undergraduate students have served as co-investigators and coauthors on some of these projects.

His on-going professional associations include the Phycological Society of America and the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS).  Currently, he is the President of the NCAS and Chair of the Board of Directors.  He has recently served as a member of the Editorial Board for the NCAS Journal, the Chair of the 2010 Annual Meeting Committee, and the Chair of the 2011 Annual Meeting Host Committee.  In past years, he has served the Academy as its President-Elect, Vice President, Annual Meeting Coordinator, and a member of the grants-in-aid of undergraduate research committee. His professional service includes serving as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Phycology, the Journal of Diatom Research, the European Journal of Phycology, and the Journal of Marine Biology and Ecology.

Education

  1990      Ph.D., Botany, Duke University, Durham, NC

  1984      M.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, CA

  1981      B.S., Summa cum laude, Marine Science (conc. in biology), Southampton College, Long Island

                                  University, Southampton, NY

Employment History

2011-13     Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, Elon University:  

2013-09     Visiting Summer Adjunct Faculty, Nicholas School of the Environment of Duke

                       University and the Duke University Marine Laboratory.

2010-02    Associate Professor of Biology (tenured), Elon University: 

2007       Visiting Summer Adjunct Faculty, Nicholas School of the Environment of Duke University and the Duke

                        University Marine Laboratory: 

2002-1995   Assistant Professor of Biology (tenure-track), Elon College and Elon University:

1995        Visiting Summer Adjunct Faculty, Duke University’s Nicholas School for the Environment and the Duke

                      University Marine Laboratory.

1995-92   Assistant Professor of Biology (non-tenure track), Elon College:

1992-91   Instructor of Biology, Elon College:

 

Courses Taught

Biodiversity

Environmental Issues of S.E. Asia

Experimental Design

General Ecology & Ecology Lab

Introductory Seminar

Introduction to Population Biology & Population Biology Lab

Marine Ecology-- Nicholas School of the Environment of Duke University and the Duke University Marine Laboratory

Leadership Positions

President of the North Carolina Academy of Science

Grants Awarded

2012       Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences Grant, “Elon’s Eco-Hub: interdisciplinary

                        teaching and research on the Loy property,” $1,650.

2011       Elon Associate Provost Grant for Faculty Development, “Establish Infrastructure and

                       Baseline Vegetation Surveys in the Elon University Forest,” $10,724.

2010        Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences Grant, “Exploring Interdisciplinary Opportunities

                       in  Computational Science.”  $1850.

2010         Software Grant, Academic Technology and Computing Committee, Elon University,

                       “Incorporating Specialized Software for Ecological Methodology Courses,” $970.

2007         Faculty Sabbatical Grant, Elon University, “Vertical Migration of Euglena,” $18,000.

2005         Technology Enhancement Grant, Instructional Design and Development Department, Elon

                       University, "Incorporation of Standard Statistical Software into the Biology Curriculum

                       (Sophomore-Senior Year),” $4000.

2005          Software Grant, Academic Technology and Computing Committee, Elon

                       University,“Incorporation of Standard Statistical Software into the Biology Curriculum

                       (Sophomore-Senior Year),” $2000

2002       Faculty R&D Summer Fellowship Grant, Elon University, “Disturbance on the Vertical and

                       Horizontal Distribution of Euglena viridis,” $5260.

2002       Faculty R&D Grant-in-Aid of Research, Elon University, “Vertical Migration of Oregon Surf

                       Algae,” $1075.

2000       Academic Technology and Computing Committee Software Grant, Elon College, “Biology

                       Department Statistical Software Standardization,” $1281.

2000      Faculty R&D Summer Fellowship Grant, Elon College, “Vertical Migration and

                       Ecophysiology of Euglena sp.  $4425.

2000     Faculty R&D Grant-in-Aid of Research,,Elon College, “Vertical Migration of California Surf

                       Algae, $1375.

1998       Travel Grant to Thailand, part of U.S. Department of Education Grant to Elon College to

                       develop the Asian Studies Program ($2700)

1996       Faculty R&D Committee Summer Fellowship Grant, Elon College, “Vertical Migration of

                       Benthic Microalgae in Freshwater Ecosystems, $3500.

1995       Burroughs Wellcome Pharmaceuticals Corp. Science Faculty Grant, “Vertical Migration and

                       Photosynthesis in Benthic Microalgae, $950.

1995        Environmental Studies Faculty Study Group Grant, part of NEH funded “Connecting Learning in

                       the Humanities and Sciences” Grant to Elon College $2350.

1993       Burroughs Wellcome Science Faculty Scholarship, “Tropical Marine Biology,” $1200.

1993       Faculty R&D Grant-in-Aid of Research, Elon College, “Tropical Marine Bioloty,” $220.

1989       Grant-in-Aid of Research, Phycological Society of America, “Effects of Groundwater

                       Seepage on Benthic Micralgal Patchiness on Intertidal Sandflats,” $500.    

1983       Grant-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, “A Unique Association

                       of Separate Morphs of Gigartina papillata:  Combining Selective Strategies,” $300.

1982       Grant-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, “The Impact of

                       Competition upon the Zonation of Intertidal Algae,” $150.

Publications

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Kingston, M.B.  2009.  Growth and motility of the diatom Cylindrotheca closterium:  Implications for commercial applications.  Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 124(4):138-142.

Kingston, M.B. and J.S. Gough.  2009.  Vertical migration of a mixed species Euglena (Euglenophyta) assemblage inhabiting the high intertidal sands of Nye Beach, Oregon.  Accepted for publication J. Phycol. 45:1021-1029.l

Kingston, M.B.  2002.  Effect of sub-surface nutrients on the vertical migration of Euglena proxima.  J. Phycol. 38:872-880.

Kingston, M.B.  1999.  Effect of light on the vertical migration and photosynthesis of Euglena proxima Euglenophyta).  J. Phycol.  35:245-253.

Kingston, M.B.  1999.  Wave effects on the vertical migration of two benthic microalgae:  Hantzschia virgata var. intermedia and Euglena proxima.  Estuaries 22:81-91.

Horst, R.W. and M.B. Kingston.  1995.  Feeding and social facilitation in the sand fiddler crab, Uca pugilator.  Bios 66:79-85.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

 Kingston, M.B. 2010.  Review of ‘Diatom Taxonomy, Ultrastructure and Ecology:  Modern Methods

              and Timeless Questions,’ Kociolek, J.Pl, E.C. Theriot, and R.J. Stephenson (eds.), Journal of the

              North Carolina Academy of Science 126(2):67.  (Book Review)

  Kingston, M.B.  2006.  Effect of time and irradiance on Intertidal multi-species Euglena patches in

               Oregon.  Phycological Society of America, 7/7/06, (Abstract) 

  Kingston, M.  2006.  Growth and motility of the diatom Cylindrotheca closterium (Ehr) Lewin &

                Reimann in batch culture.  J. North Carolina Acad. Sci.  122(2):82. (Abstract)

  Kingston, M. and J. Gough.  2004.  Phototactic behavior of benthic microalgae on Oregon beaches:  a

                 preliminary report.  J. North Carolina Acad. Sci. 120(2):69-70. (Abstract)

  Kingston, M.B.  2003.  Comparative Analysis of Vertically Migrating Euglena        viridis Populations in

                 Tidal and Non-Tidal Benthic Environments.  J. Phycol. 39(s1):29.  (Abstract)

  Kingston, M.B., J. Pflaum, and L. Plocek.  2002.  Hurricane damage to a Piedmont forest: tree size and

                    species effects.  J. North Carolina Acad. Sci. 118(2):113-4.  (Abstract)

  Kingston, M.B. and A.J. Baugh.  2001.  Vertical migration of Euglena viridis on Scripps Beach, La

                    Jolla, California.  J. Phycol. 37(3):28 (Suppl.)  (Abstract)

  Kingston, M.B.  2000.  Vertical migration of Euglena sp. on the sand banks of a North Carolina

                    Piedmont Stream.  J. Phycol. 36(3):36 (Suppl.) (Abstract)

Presentations

2008    Northwest Algal Symposium, Charleston, OR.  Temporal and Vertical Distribution of Euglena

                        spp. in Beach Sand.

  2006   Phycological Society of America Meeting, Juneau, AL.  Effect of Time and Irradiance on

                           Intertidal Multi-species Euglena Patches in Oregon.  North Carolina Academy of Science 103rd

                             Annual Meeting, Greensboro, NC.  Growth and Motility of the Diatom Cylindrotheca closterium (Ehr)

                             Lewin & Reimann in Batch Culture.

  2005  North Carolina Academy of Science 102nd  Annual Meeting, Raleigh, NC  Light and Nutrient

                        Effects on Phototaxis and Cell Morphology of Euglena proxima.

  2003  Phycological Society of America Meeting, Gleneden Beach, OR.  Comparative Analysis of

                        Vertically Migrating Euglena viridis Populations in Tidal and Non-Tidal Benthic

                          Environments.

  2002  North Carolina Academy of Science 99th Annual Meeting, Chapel Hill, NC.  Hurricane damage

                            to a Piedmont forest:  Tree size and species effects.

  2001  Phycological Society of America Meeting, Estes Park, CO.  Vertical Migration of Euglena

                       viridis on Scripps Beach, La Jolla, California

  2000  Phycological Society of America Meeting, San Diego, CA.  Vertical Migration of Euglena

                        viridis on the sand banks of a North Carolina Piedmont Stream.        

  1997  North Carolina Academy of Science 94th Annual Meeting, Durham, NC.  Vertical Migration of

                        Euglena sp. in a Piedmont Stream.

  1996  Phycological Society of America Meeting, Santa Cruz, CA.  Phototactic Control of Vertical

                        Migration of Euglena proxima.

  1996  Project Kaleidoscope’s Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO.  Field Biology in Belize Poster

                        Presentation

  1995  Phycological Society of America Meeting, Breckinridge, CO.  Light Effects on the Vertical

                         Migration and Photophysiology of Euglena proxima and Hantzschia virgata.

  1991  International Phycological Congress and Annual Phycological Society of America Joint Meeting,

                        Durham, NC.  Porewater Nutrients and the Vertical Migration of Euglena proxima.

  1991  Marine Benthic Ecology Meeting, Williamsburg, VA.  Wave Scour and the Vertical Migration of

                        Benthic Microalgae.

  1990  Phycological Society of America Meeting, College Park, MD.  The Influence of Waves on the

                        Vertical Migration of Benthic Microalgae.

  1989  Southeastern Phycological Colloquy, Wilmington, NC.  Phototaxis and Vertical Migration

                        Rhythms in a Sediment Dwelling Euglena.   

   l988  Southeastern Phycological Colloquy, St. Petersburg Beach, FA.  Light Effects on Vertical

                        Migration of Benthic Microalgae. 

  1984  Southeastern Phycological Colloquy, Melbourne, FA.  Zonation of Heteromorphic Phases of

                        Gigartina papillata (Rhodophyta).

Professional Activities

  2013       President of the North Carolina Academy of Science

  2013       Judge for the Derieux Awards for best student poster presentations in Ecology and

                   Environmental Science Section of the North Carolina Academy of Science’s 101st

                   Annual Meeting, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, NC

  2013-12  President-Elect of the North Carolina Academy of Science

  2012       Judge for the Derieux Awards for best student poster presentations in the Botany/Zoology

                  Section of the North Carolina Academy of Science’s 101st  Annual Meeting, Campbell

                   University, Buies Creek, NC

  2012-05  Editorial Board of the North Carolina Academy of Science Journal

  2011       Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Phycology

  2011-10  NCAS Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee Chair

  2010       Judge for the Derieu Awards for best student paper presentations in the Ecology Section of the

                  North Carolina Academy of Science’s 99th Annual Meeting, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC

  2010-09  Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee, North Carolina Academy of Science Board of

                  Directors

  2010-07  Elected Member, North Carolina Academy of Science Board of Directors

  2008       Judge for the Derieux Awards for best student paper presentations in the Zoology Section of

                        the North Carolina Academy of Science’s 97th Annual Meeting, University of North

                        Carolina, Greensboro. NC

  2007       Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology       

  2007-03  Biology Department Chair, Elon University

  2006       Peer Reviewer for the European Journal of Phycology

  2005       Chair of the Ecology Paper Session of the North Carolina Academy of Science’s 102nd Annual

                   Meeting, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

Awards

   2012       Sustainability Faculty Scholars Program for 2012-2013

  2011       20 Year Service Award, Elon University

  2010       Promotion to rank of professor, Elon University

  2006       15 Year Service Award, Elon University

  2002       Tenure award and promotion to associate professor rank, Elon University

  2001       10 Year Service Award, Elon College

  1999       Barbara H. Carlton Advisor of the Year, Student Government Association, Elon College

  1999       Exemplary 5-Year Service Award for Advising

  1996       Appointment to Project Kaleidoscope’s Class of 1996--Faculty for the 21st Century

  1996       5 Year Service Award, Elon College

  1991       Election to Full Membership in Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society