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Teaching Professor of Biology

411B Mueller
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814)863-6360



  1. Ph.D. Biology, Harvard University, 1988
  2. M.S. Zoology, Texas Tech University, 1984
  3. B.S. Biology, Baylor University, 1982

Selected Publications

McMullin, K. Nelson, C.R. Fisher, S.W. Schaeffer.  2010.  Population structure of two deep sea tubeworms, Lamellibrachia luymesi and Seepiophila jonesi, from the hydrocarbon seeps of the Gulf of Mexico.

Nelson, K. and T. Melton.  2007. Forensic mitochondrial DNA analysis of 116 casework skeletal samples.  Journal of Forensic Science.  52:557-561.

Nelson, K. and C. R. Fisher. 2000. Absence of cospeciation in deep-sea vestimentiferan tube worms and their bacterial endosymbionts.  Symbiosis  28:1-15.

Nelson, K., F. S. Wang, E. F. Boyd, and R. K. Selander.  1997. Size and sequence polymorphism in the isocitrate dehydrogenase kinase/phosphatase gene (aceK) and flanking regions in Salmonella enterica and Escherichia coli.  Genetics  147: 1509-1520.

Uliana, S.R.B., K. Nelson, S.M. Beverley, E. P. Camargo and L.M. Floeter-Winter.  1994. Discrimination amongst Leishmania by polymerase chain reaction and hybridization with small subunit ribosomal DNA derived oligonucleotides.  J. Euk. Microbiol. 41:324-330.

Honeycutt, R.L., K. Nelson, D.A. Schlitter, and P.W. Sherman. 1991. Genetic variation within and among populations of the naked mole–rat: evidence from nuclear and mitochondrial genomes. in The Biology of the Naked Mole–Rat. (P.W. Sherman, J.U.M. Jarvis, and R.D. Alexander, eds). Princeton University Press.

Nelson, K., R.J. Baker, and R.L. Honeycutt. 1987. Mitochondrial DNA and protein differentiation between hybridizing cytotypes of the white–footed mouse, Peromyscus leucopus. Evolution 41:864–872.