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Dr. Kevin Peters

Professor of Biology
Dr. Kevin Peters

Contact Information:

McNeer Hall, Room 223 
(804) 862-6258 

Education & Publications:


 University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2001


 University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2004


 University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2009


 Sevak, HP, CD Amsler, JB McClintock, JA Maschek, MO Amsler, CF Aumack, KJ Peters, BJ Baker. 2012. Algicidal activity and potential antifouling defenses in macroalgae from the western Antarctic Peninsula including probably synergistic effects of multiple compounds. Botanica Marina, 55: 311-315.

Peters, KJ, CD Amsler, JB McClintock, BJ Baker. 2010. Potential chemical defenses of Antarctic sponges to sympatric microorganisms. Polar Biology, 33: 649-658.

Peters, KJ, CD Amsler, JB McClintock, RWM van Soest, BJ Baker. 2009. Palatability and chemical defenses of sponges from the western Antarctic Peninsula. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 385: 77-85.

Huang, YM, JB McClintock, CD Amsler, KJ Peters, BJ Baker. 2006. Feeding rates of common Antarctic gammarid amphipods on ecologically important sympatric macroalgae. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 329: 55-65

Peters, KJ, CD Amsler, MO Amsler, JB McClintock, RB Dunbar, BJ Baker. 2005. A comparative analysis of the nutritional and elemental composition of macroalgae from the western Antarctic Peninsula. Phycologia, 44: 453-463

Amsler, CD, K Iken, JB McClintock, MO Amsler, KJ Peters, JM Hubbard, FB Furrow, BJ Baker. 2005. Comprehensive evaluation of the palatability and chemical defenses of subtidal macroalgae from the Antarctic Peninsula. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 294: 149-159

McClintock, JB, AR Mahon, KJ Peters, CD Amsler, BJ Baker. 2003. Chemical defenses in embryos and juveniles of two common Antarctic sea stars and an isopod. Antarctic Science, 15: 339-344


Dr. Peters’ academic training is concerned with marine chemical ecology of Antarctic marine invertebrates. He was able to travel to Antarctica on three separate occasions as a graduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for a total time on “the ice” of approximately one year. He was interested in the benthic community dynamics of the shallow coastal waters off the western edge of the Antarctic Peninsula.

His Master’s thesis concentrated on the physical and chemical compositions of macro algae from this unique ecosystem. My doctoral research allowed me to study the marine invertebrates (concentrating on the sponges) and how the internal chemical compounds of the sponges potentially influence their interactions with other shallow water marine organisms.

Since arriving in Virginia from Alabama in 2009, he has not ventured to Antarctica for further research opportunities, but has enjoyed studying the local ecosystems and understanding the diverse interactions at play in both terrestrial and aquatic habitats.

Student research projects have been varied, including: soil and aquatic bacterial communities, plant community dynamics, and invertebrate trophic structures, to name a few.

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