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Krista Slemmons


Krista Slemmons is a paleoecologist and limnologist in the UW-Stevens Point Department of Biology. Her work examines how changes in the mass balance of glaciers in arctic and alpine areas alter phytoplankton communities over the Holocene. Slemmons is coordinator of the Natural Science Major for Science Teaching Certification. On campus, she is the chair of the Biology Executive Committee, the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, SBBC Retention Committee and University Sabbatical Committee. Slemmons is coordinator for the Life Science and Biology Certificate programs. She is involved in the Pilot Program Honor Program STEAM, as well as College Day for Kids workshops.  As the Scribner Professor of Biology Education, she also works closely with the School of Education at UWSP to mentor student teachers and collaborate with Education faculty members on the best methods to help students learn science. View website.


  • Fulbright Teaching and Research Scholar (2023)
  • Excellence in Service, UWSP Biology Department Award (2021)
  • University Excellence in Teaching, UWSP (2019)
  • Excellence in Scholarship, UWSP Biology Department Award (2018, 2019)
  • Excellence in Teaching UWSP Biology Department Award (2018)


  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
  • National Association for Biology Teachers
  • Aquatic Sciences, Journal of Paleolimnology, Limnology and Oceanography, Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research (Peer Reviewer)
  • Journal of Paleolimnology, Hydrobiologia, Mountain Research and Development, National Geographic Society (grant reviewer), Biogeosciences,


Price, J. R., Szymanski, D. W., Slemmons, K. E., Eskey, M, Johnson, E, and Bricker, S. (2022). Climatic controls on phosphorus concentrations in The Loch, Loch Vale Watershed, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA since the last glacial maximum. Quaternary Research, Volume 107, pp. 1 – 18.

Slemmons, K. E. (2019). Clues in the Core, Untangling the mystery of dead fish in Bear Pond: a case study in acid rain and paleoecology. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.

Sepsenwol S and Slemmons K. E. (2018) Automated SEM Diatom Survey and Correlative Light   Microscopy. Proceedings of Microscopy and Microanalysis, Vol 24: S1.

Slemmons K. E., Anyanwu K, Hames J, Graski D, Mlsna J, Simkins E, Cook P (2018) The Impact of  Video Length on Learning in a Middle Level Flipped Science Setting. Journal of Science Education and Technology 27(5):469-479. 

Slemmons K. E., Rodgers ML*, Stone JR, Saros JE (2017) Nitrogen subsidies in glacial meltwaters have altered planktonic diatom communities in lakes of the US Rocky Mountains for at least a century. Hydrobiologia Special Issue 800: Emerging trends in aquatic ecology. https://doi:10.1007/s10750-017-3187-2

Ballen C. J., Blum J. E., Brownell S, Herbert S, Hewlett J, Klein J. R., McDonald E. A., Monti D. L., Nold S. C., Slemmons K. E., Soneral PAG, Cotner S (2017) Course-based undergraduate research experiences for nonmajors. Cell Biology Education-Life Sciences Education 16(3): co5. 




Associate Professor
Natural Science Major for Science Teaching Certification coordinator

CBB 347


Ph.D. - Ecology and Environmental Sciences
University of Maine

M.S. - Environmental Sciences, Conservation Biology
Miami University

M.Ed. - Science Education
Wright State University

B.S. - Biology
Denison University


Biological Principles and the Human Environment
Field Ecology of Hawaii
Seminar for Student Teaching in Science
Survey of Ecology and Evolution