Stephen C. Kempf
Associate Professor

Office: 130E Funchess Hall

331 Funchess Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849

Office Phone: (334) 844-3924
Fax: (334) 844-9234
Email Stephen C. Kempf

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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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: 06/18/2015