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.

 

Bio

Model works out trees’ maximum heighthttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14250825http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14250825http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/microbe-metabolism-0104.htmlshapeimage_1_link_0shapeimage_1_link_1
Seeing the Forest from a Treehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14250825http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14250825http://www.technologyreview.com/article/425874/seeing-the-forest-from-a-tree/shapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1
For the smallest organisms, size determines how microbes spend energyhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14250825http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14250825http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14250825http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/microbe-metabolism-0104.htmlshapeimage_3_link_0shapeimage_3_link_1shapeimage_3_link_2

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