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Elon University

     Michael B. Kingston
        Biology Department and Environmental Studies

   Campus Box 2625
        Elon University, Elon, NC 27244-2010

        Office: McMichael Science Center 124E
        Phone:  336-278-6182
E-mail:  kingston@elon.edu

  Last Revised on 6/6/2011


Professional Biography

     Dr. Mike Kingston came to Elon University in 1991 after completing his Ph.D. degree at Duke University.  He also holds a B.S. degree in Marine Science with a concentration in Biology from Long Island University, Southampton College campus and an M.S. degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Irvine.  In addition to his position as an Associate Professor of Biology, he serves as the Curator of the Elon University Roger Barbour Collection of wildlife images.  He served as the Biology Department Chair from 2002-2006.  He teaches a variety of courses for the Biology Department and the Environmental Studies Program on the following topics:  population biology, aquatic biology, field biology, ecology, biostatistics, environmental issues of Southeast Asia, and ecological research.  He has taught winter term field courses in Jamaica for 2 years and Belize for 5 years.  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.  He has also mentored undergraduate research projects in areas outside his professional research area including studies of feeding behavior in fiddler crabs, visual perception of freshwater fishes, community metabolism of small ponds, vertical migration of pond phytoplankton, hurricane effects on a North Carolina forest, historical human survivorship trends, fish herbivory on tropical seagrasses, coral reef diseases, freshwater invertebrate development, and  grouper recruitment in the Caribbean.  His on-going professional associations include the Phycological Society of America and the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS).  He has recently served as a member of the NCAS Board of Directors, 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 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.
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Courses Taught
              • Basic Concepts in Biology (Bio 101)
              • Current Topics in Biology (Bio 105)
              • Introduction to Population Biology (Bio 112) and Lab (Bio 114)
              • Introduction to Environmental Science Lab (Ens 113)
              • Introductory Seminar (Bio 261)
              • Biodiversity (Bio 231)
              • Field Biology in Jamaica (Bio 335)
              • Field Biology in Belize (Bio 335)
              • Experimental Design (Bio 372)
              • Biostatistics and Experimental Design (Bio 376)
              • Aquatic Biology (Bio 442)
              • Ecology (Bio 350)
              • Senior Seminar (Bio 462)
              • Environmental Issues of Southeast Asia (Ens 310/GST 399)
              • Marine Ecology (summer course at Duke University Marine Lab)
              • Marine Invertebrate Zoology (summer course at Duke University Marine Lab)
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  2009-10   Loggerhead Sea Turtle Reproductive Trends in North Carolina   Shannon Boone


Spawning aggregations, nursery enhancement, and ontogenetic movements of Nassau grouper, Epinephelus striatus, in the waters around South Caicos.

Chelsie Wagner


Comparative Study of Seasonality in the Cladoceran Populations of Two Lakes, Alamance County, NC

Aubrey Wilson


Vertical Migration of Euglena spp. on Nye Beach, Oregon

Jennifer Gough


Effect of Slope Aspect and Angle on Treefall Events in a Hurricane

Vanessa Kitchen


Using Internet Data Bases to Examine the Effects of Population Density and Income on Worldwide Infant Mortality

Rebecca Zimmer


Alternate Reproductive Strategies and Egg Survivorship in a Marine Midshipman Fish, Porichthys notatus

Stacey Havard


Coral Disease Abudance and Species-Susceptibility near Lee Stockard Island, Bahamas

Joshua Voss


Vertical Migration of Euglena viridis on Scripps Beach, California

Aaron Baugh


Using Large Demographic Data Bases to Examine Seasonal Variations in Human Natality and Mortality

Brian Osbourne


Fish Herbivory on Tropical Seagrasses

Amy York, Nancy Cooper, and Randy Contento


Use of Plot Analysis in Assessing Species-specific and Age-Specific Effects of Hurricane Damage

Bradley Metz


Water Quality Survey of New Hope Creek, Orange County, NC

Vanessa Gallo


Effects of Dredging on Lake Mary Nell, Elon, NC

Jeffrey Swain


Effect of Hurricane Fran on Cedarock Park, Alamance County, NC

Lee Bigger, Erin Mirrett, and Sarah Nardotti


Comparative Study of the Chemistry of Piedmont Lakes

Gregory McCune


Effect of Environmental and Personality Factors on Survival and Quality of Life of Patients with Terminally Ill Prognoses

Cynthia Stanger


Photosensitivity of Freshwater Fishes

Glenn Hovermale


Acid rain effects on the growth of stoneworts in the laboratory

Glenn Hovermale


Social facilitation in the feeding of sand fiddler crabs, Uca pugilator

Robert Horst

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