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The C-MORE Team

Paul F. Kemp

Associate Director

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1000 Pope Road, Marine Sciences Building
Honolulu, HI 96822

tel: (808) 956-6220 • fax: (702 ) 974-3170
email: paul.kemp@hawaii.edu






National Merit Scholar
N.M. Carmen Scholar

B.S. Oceanography, University of Washington
B.A. Zoology, University of Washington

M.S. Oceanography, Oregon State University

Ph.D. Oceanography, Oregon State University

Post-Doctoral Fellowships



University of Georgia Marine Institute Postdoctoral Associate

Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Appointments









Visiting Scholar, Louisiana State Univ./Southeastern Louisiana Univ.

Associate Oceanographer, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Visiting Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

Oceanographer, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Deputy Division Head, Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sciences

Research Associate Professor, MSRC, Stony Brook

Research Professor, MSRC, Stony Brook

Adjunct faculty, Stony Brook University
Specialist, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Associate Director, Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education





Co-Editor, Journal of Sea Research

Web Editor, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Limnology and Oceanography: Methods

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Professional Memberships


American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

Council of Science Editors

American Society of Microbiology

The Oceanography Society

Professional Community Service

Research Administration

Associate Program Director, National Science Foundation, 2004-2006

Research Planning Committees

Data Registries for Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

NOAA Committee on Professional Certification for Oceanographers

National Security Council, Ocean Policy Coordinating Subcommittee

NSF Committee on Genomes for Geosciences

Interagency Working Group on Marine Genetic Resources

JOI Deep Biosphere Thematic Working Group

NSF Working Group, Environmental Genomics Initiative

Recent Planning Workshops

An Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology Societies Summit: Critical Steps Toward a Biological Data Systems Confederation. DC, 2004

Conference on Emerging Trends in Publishing, Washington DC, 2005.

Data Registries for Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Joint Oceanographic Institutes (JOI), Washington, DC. 2006.

Data Centers for Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), Santa Barbara, CA, 2006.

IODP Workshop on Exploring the Deep Biosphere, Vancouver BC, 2006.

C-MORE Planning Meeting, Monterey CA, 2008.

C-MORE Strategic Planning Meeting, Cambridge, MA, 2008.

Proposal Reviews

NSF, CICEET, ONR, DOE, EPA, NY/WA/NH Sea Grant Programs, Israel Science Foundation, Hudson River Foundation, Md Dept. Nat. Res.

Review Panels


Manuscript Reviews

Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Biological Bulletin, Deep Sea Research II, Ecology, Estuaries, Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science, J. Plankton Research, J. Geophysical Research–Oceans, J. Sea Research, Limnology and Oceanography, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Mar. Micro. Food Webs, Microbial Ecology, Wiley Press

Recent Society Committee Memberships

ASLO Board of Directors

ASLO Education Committee

ASLO Open Access Publishing Committee

ASLO Public Affairs Committee

Council of Science Editors Membership Committee

GeoScienceWorld Publisher's Advisory Committee

Recent Conference Organization

"Microbial Diversity", Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2001, Albuquerque. Co-chairs J.Y. Aller and D. Kirchman.

"Landscape Ecology and Environmental Grain from a Microbial Perspective", Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2003, Salt Lake City. Co-chair J. Aller.

IODP Workshop on Exploring the Deep Biosphere, Vancouver BC, Oct 2006. Steering Committee

Center for Microbial Oceanography Annual Meeting 2007, 2008, 2009.

"Advances in Microbial Oceanography", AGU Fall Meeting 2008. Co-chair with B. Bruno

Ecological Dissertations in the Aquatic Sciences (Eco-DAS) VIII, 2008.

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University Service


M. Megan Dantzler, SBU (MS, 2004)

Allison Fong, UH

Lydia Baker, UH

Committee Member

Alexandra Valdés-Wochinger, SBU (PhD, current)

Vanessa Madrid, SBU (PhD, current)

Lisa Clough, SBU (PhD, 1993)

Karen Kelly, SBU (MS, 1999)

Gerard Arthus, SBU (MS)

Yuan Liu, SBU (current)

Post-Doctoral Associates

Dr. Sang Hoon Lee, SUNY-Stony Brook

Dr. Lee Kerkhof, Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Undergraduate Mentoring

Jeneen Wagner, SBU (summer student)

Tawa Seabrook, SBU (Howard Hughes Fellow)

REU Summer
Program Mentoring

Christopher Jahns, SBU (REU)

Chun-Der Li, Harvard University

Mimi Amberger, Rochester Institute Technology

John Pylman, Duke University

Andrew Hellman, Notre Dame

Anish Dhadwal, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Simons / Intel Fellows

Elizabeth Scordato, Duke University (Simons and Intel)

Katherine Chiang, Princeton University (Simons and Intel)

Michael Casimer (Simons)

Other Visiting

Carol Falkenhayn, University of Washington

Anne Bierzychudek, University of Southern California

Christian Malone, University of Idaho

Harlan Gothelf, Tufts University

Melissa Vollrath, University of Wisconsin

Jason Rice, University of Southampton, U.K.

Douglas Pace, Long Island University


Dr. Karl Ritz, Scottish Crop Research Institute, U.K.

Ms. Elizabeth Obara, Ohio School System

Mr. Chris Arfsten, LI School system

Teaching (SBU)

Prospects for Planet Earth, ENS 101, 3 credits, Summer 2001

Introduction to Oceanography, CEI 541, 3 credits, Summers 1998-2002

Introduction to Oceanography Online, CEI 541, 3 credits, 2001 (F), 2002 (Sp, F), 2003 (Sp, F), 2004 (Sp, Su)



Sediment quality criteria: effects of contaminant partitioning and organic enrichment on sediment toxicity. U.S. E.P.A. $85K/1985.

Molecular Ecology: Development of field methods for microbial growth rate and activity measurements. Brookhaven National Laboratory R&D Development Program. $100K/1990-1992.

Microbial processes in coastal marine systems. DOE. $1,000K/1989-1996

Measurement of marine microbial growth. DOE. $702K/1992-1996.

Bacterial activity in the Ocean Margins Program, Cape Hatteras. DOE. $153K/1996-1998.

Development of optical biosensors for marine microbial process studies. NSF. (Kemp/Aller/Dhadwal). $78K/1999-2000.

Optical biosensor for marine microbial process studies: development phase II. NSF. (Kemp, Aller, Dhadwal). $287K/2000-2003.

Optical biosensor for marine microbial process studies: development phase II. NSF. (Kemp, Aller, Dhadwal). Supplemental award. $20K/ 2003-4.

Development of a microarray sensor system for the detection of bacterial contamination in aquatic systems. CICEET Pilot Project (Chistoserdov, Aller, Kemp) $15K/2002-2003

Application of an inexpensive microarray for assessment of microbiological contaminants in water quality control. CICEET. (Chistoserdov, Aller, Kemp ) $260K/2004-2007

Eco-DAS: Ecological Dissertations in the Aquatic Sciences. NSF. (Kemp) $550K/2008-2013

EAGER: Collaborative Research: Integration of the Capillary Waveguide Biosensor (CWB) with the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP): Detection of microorganisms in natural samples NSF. (J.Y. Aller, H. Dhadwal, C. Scholin, P.F. Kemp). $279K/ 2009-2010.

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Journal Articles


Kemp, P.F. 1985. Life history and productivity of the phoxocephalid amphipod Rhepoxynius abronius (Barnard). J. Crust. Biol. 449-464.

Kemp, P.F. 1986. Deposition of organic carbon on a high-energy sand beach by a mass stranding of the cnidarian Velella velella (L.). Est. Coastal Shelf Sci. 23:575?]79.

Kemp, P.F., R.C. Swartz, and J.O. Lamberson. 1986. Response of the phoxocephalid amphipod, Rhepoxynius abronius, to a small oil spill in Yaquina Bay, Oregon. Estuaries 9:340?]347.

Kemp, P.F. 1986. Direct uptake of detrital carbon by the deposit?]feeding polychaete Euzonus mucronata (Treadwell). J. Exper. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 99:49?]61.

Kemp, P.F. 1987. Potential impact on bacteria of grazing by a deposit?] feeding polychaete, and the fate of bacterial production. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 36:151?]161.

Kemp, P.F. 1988. Production and life history of a deposit?]feeding polychaete in an atypical environment. Est. Coastal Shelf Sci. 26:437?]446.

Kemp, P.F. 1988. Bacterivory by benthic ciliates: Significance as a carbon source and impact on sediment bacteria. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 49:163?]169.

Kemp, P.F. and R.C. Swartz. 1988. Acute toxicity of interstitial and particle-bound cadmium to a marine infaunal amphipod. Mar. Env. Res 26:135-154.

Swartz, R.C., P.F. Kemp, D.W. Schults, and J.O. Lamberson. 1988. Effects of mixtures of sediment contaminants on the marine amphipod Rhepoxyniusabronius. Environ. Tox. Chem. 7:1013?]1020.

Swartz, R.C., P.F. Kemp, D.W. Schults, G.R. Ditsworth, and R.J. Ozretich. 1989. Acute toxicity of sediment from Eagle Harbor, Washington to the infaunal amphipod Rhepoxynius abronius. Env. Tox. Chem. 8:215-222.

Kemp, P.F. The fate of benthic bacterial production. 1990. Reviews in Aquatic Science 2:109-124.

Kemp, P.F., S.Y. Newell, and C. Krambeck. 1990. Effects of filter feeding by the ribbed mussel Geukensia demissa on the water?]column microbiota of a Spartina alterniflora saltmarsh. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 59:119-131.

Kemp, P.F., S.Y. Newell, and C.S. Hopkinson. 1990. Importance of grazing on the salt-marsh grass Spartina alterniflora to nitrogen turnover in a macrofaunal consumer, Littorina irrorata, and to decomposition of standing-dead Spartina. Mar. Biol. 104:311-319.

Newell, S.Y., T.L. Arsuffi, and P.F. Kemp, L.A. Scott. 1991. Water potential of standing-dead shoots of an intertidal grass. Oecologia 85:321-326.

Kemp, P.F., S. Lee, and J. LaRoche. 1993. Estimating the growth rate of slow-growing marine bacteria from RNA content. Appl. Environ. Microb. 59:2594-2601.

Lee, S., C. Malone, and P.F. Kemp. 1993. Use of multiple 16S rRNA-targeted fluorescent probes to increase signal strength and measure cellular RNA from natural planktonic bacteria, Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 101:193-201.

Kemp, P.F. 1994. Microbial carbon utilization on the continental shelf and slope during the SEEP II experiment. Deep-Sea Res. II 41: 563-581.

Kemp, P.F., P.G. Falkowski, C. Flagg, W. Phoel, S. Smith, D.W.R. Wallace, and C.D. Wirick. 1994. Modeling oxygen concentration and carbon flow during stratified spring and summer conditions on the continental shelf, Middle Atlantic Bight, eastern U.S.A. Deep-Sea Res. II 41: 629-655.

Anderson, R., G. Rowe, and P.F. Kemp, S. Trumbore, P. Biscaye. 1994. Carbon budget for the mid-slope depocenter of the Middle Atlantic Bight. Deep-Sea Res. II 41: 669-703.

Lee, S., and P.F. Kemp. 1994. Single-cell RNA content of natural marine planktonic bacteria measured by hybridization with multiple 16S rRNA-targeted fluorescent probes. Limnol. Oceanogr. 39:869-879.

Kemp, P.F. 1994. A philosophy of methods development: the assimilation of new methods and information into aquatic microbial ecology. Microbial Ecology 28:159-162.

Kemp, P.F. 1995. Can we estimate bacterial growth rates from ribosomal RNA content? In: I. Joint et al., Molecular Ecology of Aquatic Microbes, NATO ASI Series, 38:279-302.

Rappe, M.S. and P.F. Kemp, S.J. Giovannoni. 1995. Abundant chromophyte plastid 16S ribosomal RNA genes found in a clone library from Atlantic Ocean seawater. J. Phycology 31:979-988.

Rappe, M.S., P.F. Kemp, and S.J. Giovannoni. 1997. Phylogenetic diversity of marine coastal picoplankton 16S rRNA genes cloned from the continental shelf off Cape Hatteras, N.C. Limnol. Oceanogr. 42:811-826.

Kerkhof, L., and P.F. Kemp. 1999. Small ribosomal RNA content in marine Proteobacteria during non-steady state growth. FEMS Microbial Ecology 30:253-260.

Sanders, R.W., U.-G. Berninger, E.L. Lim, P.F. Kemp, and D.A. Caron. 2000. Mixo- and heterotrophic nanoplankton and their picoplankton prey on Georges Bank and in the Sargasso Sea. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 192:103-118.

NOTE: During 2001-2003, publishing efforts turned to founding the research journal Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, of which I am Editor-in-Chief.

Kemp, P.F., J.Y. Aller. 2004. Bacterial diversity in aquatic systems: what can we learn from 16S rDNA libraries? FEMS Microbiology Ecology 47:161-177

Dhadwal, H.S. and P.F. Kemp, J.Y. Aller, and M.M. Dantzler. 2004. A Capillary waveguide nucleic acid based biosensor, Analytica Chimica Acta 501: 205–217

Kemp, P.F. and J.Y. Aller. 2004. Estimating prokaryotic diversity: when are 16S rDNA libraries large enough? Limnol. Oceanogr.: Methods 2:114-125.

Aller, J.Y., M.M. Kuznetsova, C.J. Jahns, and P.F. Kemp. 2005. Enrichment of viruses and bacteria in the sea surface microlayer and marine aerosols. Journal of Aerosol Science 36(5/6): 801-812.

Dhadwal, H.S., B. Mukherjee, P. Kemp, J. Aller, Y. Liu, and J. Radway. 2007. A dual detector capillary waveguide sensor for detection and quantification of hybridized target species. Analytica Chimica Acta 598: 147154

D'Hondt, S., F. Inagaki, T. Ferdelman, B.B. Jorgensen, K. Kato, P. Kemp, P. Sobecky, M. Sogin, and K. Takai. 2007. Exploring subseafloor life with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. Scientific Drilling 5: 58-69.

Bruno, B.C., K. Achilles, K. Weersing, G. Walker, and P. Kemp. 2008. Professional Development at the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE). The Earth Scientist 27 (2): 7-10.

Aller, J.Y. and P.F. Kemp. 2008. Archaeal diversity in aquatic systems. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 65:74-87.

Aller, J.Y. , R.C. Aller, P.F. Kemp, A.Y. Chistoserdov, and V.M. Madrid. 2010. Fluidized muds: a novel setting for the generation of biosphere diversity through geologic time. Geobiology. 8: 169–178.

Kemp, P.F. (Ed.). 2010. Eco-DAS VIII Symposium Proceedings. Am. Soc. Limnol. Oceanogr. 165 pp.

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Other Publications and Patents


The Handbook of Methods in Aquatic Microbial Ecology (Kemp et al. 1993) has been cited over 1600 times. "The CD Archive: 43 Years of Limnology and Oceanography" (Kemp, 2000) is a digital archive available in more than 1200 libraries and more than 900 private collections.

Gonor, J.J. and P.F. Kemp. 1978. Procedures for quantitative ecological assessments in intertidal environments. EPA Ecological Research Report Series 600/3-78-087. 103 pp.

Kemp, P.F., S. Lee, J. LaRoche. 1993. Evaluating bacterial activity from cell-specific ribosomal RNA content measured with oligonucleotide probes. In: Kemp, P.F., B.F. Sherr, E.B. Sherr, and J.J. Cole. (Eds.), Handbook of methods in aquatic microbial ecology, pp. 415-422. Lewis, Chelsea, MI.

Kemp, P.F., B.F. Sherr, E.B. Sherr, and J.J. Cole (Eds.). 1993. Handbook of methods inaquatic microbial ecology, Lewis Publishers, Chelsea, MI. 777 pp.

Kemp, P.F. 1995. Review: Aquatic Microbiology: an Ecological Perspective, Ford, T.E. (1993). Oxford Univ. Press. Ecoscience 2:211-212.

Kemp, P.F. 2000. The CD Archive: 43 Years of Limnology and Oceanography. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.

Kemp, P.F. 2000. Review: Aquatic microbial ecology, Y.I. Sorokin. Limnol. Oceanogr. 45(5):1211.

Aller, R.C., J.Y. Aller, and P.F. Kemp. 2001. Effects of particle and solute transport on rates and extents of remineralization in bioturbated sediments. In: Organism-Sediment Interactions (J.Y. Aller, R.C. Aller, and S. Woodin, eds.) Univ. S. Carolina Press, Columbio, S.C.

Dhadwal, H.S., P.F. Kemp, and J.Y. Aller. 2/4/2002. U.S. Patent, Capillary Waveguide Fluorescence Sensor. #6,850,657

Dhadwal, H.S., .J.Y. Aller, and P.F. Kemp. 2007. Method and apparatus for detection and quantification of hybridized target. Patent application disclosure submitted to Technology Transfer Office. The Research Foundation of State University of New York

Kemp, P.F. (Ed.). In progress for 2009. Proceedings of the Eco-DAS Symposium, Vol. 1. Am. Soc. Limnol. Oceanogr.

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Recent Presentations


Achilles, K. and P.F. Kemp. 2010. Eco-DAS (Ecological Dissertations in the Aquatic Sciences): Young Scientists Shaping the Future of Aquatic Research. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland OR.

Baker, L.J. and P.F. Kemp; 2011. Exploring the Bacteria-Diatom Metaorganism Using Single-cell Whole Genome Amplification. ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Puerto Rico.

Aller, J.Y., A.Y. Chistoserdov, and P.F. Kemp; 2011. High Bacterial Phylogenetic Diversity and Functional Redundancy Allow Fluidized Muds to Operate as Efficient Biogeochemical Reactors. ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Puerto Rico.

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