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Stephen C. Kempf
Biological Sciences
Emeritus Professor



Leverhulme Post Doctoral Fellow - Univ. of St. Andrews, Gatty Marine Lab
Post Doctoral Fellow - University of Washington, Friday Harbor Laboratories
Ph.D. - University of Hawaii
B.S. - Case Institute of Technology

Research and Teaching Interests

  • A morphological and functional analysis of neurodevelopment in molluscan larvae.
  • The energetics and morphology of zooxanthella - cnidarian symbioses using the anemone, Aiptasia pallida, as a model organism.

Selected Publications

  1. Mays, Maria M., and S.C. Kempf. 2014. Antigenic variation in mucilage secreted by members of the genus Symbiodinium (Dinophyceae). Journal of Phycology. 50:850-859.

  2. Hanes, S.D. and S.C. Kempf 2013. Host autophagic degradation and associated symbiont loss in response to heat stress in the symbiotic anemone, Aiptasia pallida. Invertebrate Biology. 132:95-107.

  3. Ellis, I. and S.C. Kempf. 2011. Characterization of the Central Nervous System and Various Peripheral Innervations During Larval Development of the Oyster Crassostrea virginica. Invertebrate Biology 130:236-250.

  4. Ellis, I. and S.C. Kempf. 2011. The Presence and Location of Small Cardioactive-like Peptides in Larvae of Crassostrea virginica. Invertebrate Biology 130:251-263. 

  5. Page, L.R. and S.C. Kempf. (2009). Larval Apical Sensory Organ in a Neritimorph Gastropod, an Ancient Gastropod Lineage with Feeding Larvae. Zoomorphology 128:327-338.

  6. Kempf, S.C.(2008) Serotonergic, sensory modifications in the apical ganglion during development to metamorphic competence in larvae of the dendronotid nudibranchs Melibe leonina and Tritonia diomedea. Microscopy Res. & Tech. 71:863-869.

  7. Kempf, S.C. and L.R. Page. (2005). Anti-tubulin labeling reveals ampullary neuron ciliary bundles in opisthobranch larvae and a new putative neural structure associated with the apical ganglion. Biol. Bull. 208:169-182.

  8. Estes, A.M., S.C. Kempf, and R.P. Henry. 2003. Localization and quantification of carbonic anhydrase in the symbiotic scyphozoan Cassiopea xamachanaBiol. Bull. 204:278-289.

  9. Wakefield, T.S. and S.C. Kempf. 2001. Development of host- and symbiont-specific monoclonal antibodies and confirmation of the origin of the symbiosome membrane in a cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis. Biol. Bull. 200:127-143.

  10. Wakefield, T.S., M.A. Farmer, S.C. Kempf. 2000. Revised description of the fine structure of in situ“zooxanthellae” genus SymbiodiniumBiol. Bull. 199:76-84.

  11. Kempf, S.C., L.R. Page, A. Pires. 1997. Development of serotonin-like immunoreactivity in the embryos and larvae of nudibranch mollusks with emphasis on the structure and possible function of the apical sensory organ. J. Comp. Neurology 386:507-528.


Undergraduate Graduate
Histology - BIOL4000
Vertebrate Development - BIOL4410
Symbiotic Systems - BIOL4970
Developmental Biology - BIOL5020
Developmental Biology - BIOL6020
Symbiotic Systems - BIOL7970

Last updated: 01/23/2018