K. Denise Kendall, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Biological Sciences


301 Sparkman Drive
Shelby Center
Room 302E
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Kendall received her A.A. in Biology from Pellissippi State Technical Community College in 2007. She earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences (2009) and Ph.D. (2013) in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Dr. Kendall was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kentucky (2013-2014). She was the Merit Program Director (2016-2017) and laboratory coordinator (2014-2017) for the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana prior to arriving at UAH (2017). Dr. Kendall teaches courses for the UAH Department of Biological Sciences and UAH/Huntsville City Schools College Academy. Dr. Kendall's research is focused on formal and informal STEM education, ecology, evolution, and conservation biology.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2013
  • B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2009
  • A.A., Biology, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, 2007

Recent Publications

  • Boyd SH, Niemiller KDK, Dooley KE, Nix J, & Niemiller ML. Using environmental DNA methods to survey for rare groundwater fauna: detection of an endangered endemic cave crayfish in northern Alabama. PloS One.

  • Gladsone NS, Carter ET, Niemiller KDK, Hayter LE, & Niemiller ML. A new maximum body size record for the Berry Cave Salamander (Gyrinophilus gulolineatus) and genus Gyrinophilu (Caudata, Plethodontidae) with a comment on body size in plethodiontid salamanders. Subterranean Biology, 28.

  • Niemiller ML, Porter ML, Keany J, Gilbert H, Fong D, Culver DC, Kendall KD, Davis MS, & Taylor SJ. Development of an environmental DNA assay for the detection and monitoring of the endangered Hay's spring amphipod (Stygobromus hayi) from hypotelminorheic groundwater habitats. Conservation Genetics Resources.

  • Woodcock MR, Vaughn-Wolfe J, Elias A, Kump DK, Kendall KD, Timoshevskaya N, Timoshevskiy V, Perry DW, Smith JJ, Spiewak JE, Parichy DM, & Voss SR. Identification of mutant genes and introgressed tiger salamander DNA in the laboratory axolotl, Ambystoma mexicanum. Scientific Reports, 7(6).

  • Kendall KD, Niemiller ML, Dittrich-Reed D, & Schussler EE. Helping graduate teaching assistants in Biology use evaluations as professional development. The American Biology Teacher, 76(9), 584-588.

  • Kendall KD, & Schussler EE. Instructor title impacts pre-course instructor expectations in introductory biology courses. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 8(1), article 10.

  • Kendall KD, & Schussler EE. More than words: Probing the terms undergraduate students use to describe their instructors. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 25(2), 200-210.

  • Kendall KD, Niemiller ML, Dittrich-Reed D, Chick LD, Wilmoth L, Milt A, Burt M, Lopes N, Cantwell L, Rubio L, Allison A, & Schussler EE. Departments can develop teaching identities of graduate students. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 12(3), 316-317.

  • Kendall KD, and Schussler EE. Evolving impressions: Undergraduate perceptions of graduate teaching assistants and faculty members over a semester. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 12, 92-10.

  • Kendall KD, and Schussler EE. Does instructor type matter? Undergraduate student perceptions of graduate teaching assistants and professors. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 11(2), 187-199.