Chris Kempes


I am a scientist working at the intersection of physics, biology, and the earth sciences. Using mathematical and computational techniques I study how simple theoretical principles inform a variety of phenomena ranging from major evolutionary life-history transitions, to the biogeography of maximum tree height, to the community organization of bacterial biofilms. I am particularly interested in the connection between biological architecture as a mediator between physiology and the local environment.



Model works out trees’ maximum height
Seeing the Forest from a Tree
For the smallest organisms, size determines how microbes spend energy

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By Mari Kempes

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