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Mulkey profile

Stephen S. Mulkey, Ph.D.

Office: Morrill Hall 216
Phone: (208) 885-6113
Email: smulkey@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: c/o Environmental Science Program
PO Box 443006
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3006

College of College of Graduate Studies
Environmental Science Program and Professional Science Master's Program

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2008

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • climate change science
    • sustainability
    • tropical ecology
    • plant ecophysiology
  • Biography
    Stephen Mulkey received a Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife and a Master of Arts in Biology/Ecology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and earned his doctoral degree in Biology/Ecology at the University of Pennsylvania. Stephen served as Associate Professor of Botany with tenure at the University of Florida (UF) from 1997-2008 and at the University of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL) from 1993-1997. His administrative service included a position as Director of Research and Outreach/Extension for the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at UF from January 2005 through June 2007. In 2007 Mulkey was appointed as Science Advisor to the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida, a legislatively-created state commission, due to his state-wide activities related to sustainability. Some highlights from his tenure as Idaho include: 1) creation of an interdisciplinary faculty research program, Funds for Interdisicplinary Teams (FIT), that has generated over $2M in extramural funding in just one year, 2) receipt of a $600,000 NASA Global Climate Change grant, which will fund training of secondary school teachers in climate change science, and 3) a National Science Foundation grant totaling almost $700,000 to create a Professional Science Master's (PSM) program at UI.

  • Selected Publications

    (see CV for full list)

    • Book
      • Mulkey, S. S., R. L. Chazdon, A. P. Smith (ed). 1996. Tropical Forest Plant Ecophysiology. Chapman and Hall, NY. 675 pp.
    • Peer-reviewed papers
      • Watkins, J. E. Jr., M. C. Mack, T. R. Sinclair, and S. S. Mulkey. 2007. Ecological and evolutionary consequences of desiccation tolerance in tropical fern gametophytes. New Phytologist 176:1-10.
      • Watkins, J. E. Jr., M. C. Mack, and S. S. Mulkey. 2007. Gametophyte ecology and demography of epiphytic and terrestrial tropical ferns. American Journal of Botany 94: 701-708.
      • Avalos, G., S. S. Mulkey, K. Kitajima, S. J. Wright. 2007. Canopy colonization strategies of two liana species in a tropical dry forest. Biotropica 39:393-399.

    Outreach and Engagement Projects

    • March-June 2010. Project leader for three state effort to develop climate change education proposal for NSF Climate Change Education Program, Phase I.
    • March-June 2010. Project leader in development of NASA Global Climate Change Education proposal involving stakeholders throughout the Intermountain West.
    • March-July 2009. Principal in interaction with stakeholders in the Spokane – Coeur d’Alene population corridor in the development of the Urban Long Term Research Activity NSF exploratory proposal

    Awards and Grants

    • 2010-2013. NSF, $691,716. Professional Science Master’s Program in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences for the University of Idaho. S. Mulkey PI.
    • 2010-2013. NASA, $547,727. Collaborative development of a climate change curriculum for classrooms in the Intermountain West. Global Climate Change Education Program. S. Mulkey PI.