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Ken Sweat

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Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2352
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Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2352
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Biography

Ken G. Sweat started teaching at Arizona State University’s West Campus in the fall of 2000 after earning a master’s degree in botany at ASU in 1995. He then completed a doctorate in plant biology from ASU in 2010.  Before teaching at ASU, Sweat worked as an environmental professional and endangered species biologist throughout the American Southwest.

Currently Sweat is teaching upper division courses in plant biology, the undergraduate research course, and the general biology (BIO 181/182) course. His work with the undergraduate research course has led to multiple posters and publications examining capsaicin content of hot peppers and the uses of plants to remediate metal contamination in mine soils. Outside of the traditional ASU classroom, Sweat has conducted seminars on human caused climate change for audiences varying from high school classes to Mensa groups. Sweat also teaches a large number of adult education course for the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute at ASU, the Desert Botanical Garden and other institutions. The topics covered in the adult education classes range from natural history, plant biology, climate change, evolution and agriculture.  

Education
  • Ph.D. Plant Biology, Arizona State University 2010
  • Master’s Degree. Botany, Arizona State University 1995
Publications

Sweat, K.G., P. Marshal, J. Foltz-Sweat, & J. Broatch.  Developing a Course-Based Research Experience for Undergraduates: The ASU West Experience.  Journal of the Arizona Nevada Academy of Sciences. 47(2):36-43.

Sweat, K.G., J. Broatch, C. Borror, K. Hagan, & T. Cahill. 2016.  Variability in capsaicinoid content and Scoville heat ratings of commercially grown Jalapeño, Habanero and Bhut Jolokia peppers.  Food Chemistry. 210: 606-612.

Gremillion, P.T., E. Hermosillo, K.G. Sweat, and J.V. Cizdziel, 2013. Variations in mercury concentration within and across Xanthoparmelia spp. individuals: Implications for evaluating histories of contaminant loading and data interpretation. Environmental Chemistry.10(5):395-402. 25 October.

Riddell, J., S. Jovan, P.E. Padgett and K.G. Sweat.  2011. Tracking lichen community composition changes due to declining air quality over the last century: the Nash legacy in Southern California. Bibliotheca Lichenologica. 106: 263-277.

Sweat, K.G., P. T. Gremillion and T.H. Nash. 2010. Mercury concentrations in the lichen Xanthoparmelia spp. in the greater Grand Canyon region of Arizona, USA. Bibliotheca Lichenologica. 105: 93-102.

Bates, S.T., T.H. Nash, K.G. Sweat, and F. Garcia-Pichel. 2010. Fungal communities of lichen-dominated biological soil crusts: Diversity, relative microbial biomass, and their relationship to disturbance and crust cover. Journal of Arid Environments.74:1192-1199.

Divakar, Pradeep K., A. Crespo, F. Kauff, R. Del Prado, S. Perez-Ortega, G. Amo De Paz, Z. Ferencova, O. Blanco, A. Arguello, A. Millanes, M. C. Molina, M. P. Normore, M. A. Wedin,  A. Aptroot, F. Bungartz, S. Calvelo, M. Candan, M. Cole, J. A. Elix, D. Ertz,  B. Goffinet, A. Knight, J. Lendemer, L. Lindblom, R. Luecking, F. Lutzoni,  J. Mattsson, M. I. Messuti, G. Perlmutter, V. J. Rico, T. Spribille, U. P. Steffen, K. Sweat, A. Thell, G. Thor, G. Urbanavichus, and T. Lumbsch.  July 2008.  New systematics and generic circumscription or parmelioid lichens inferred from multigene analysis provided by PARSYS-08.  Paper presented at the 6th IAL Symposium and Annual ABLS meeting.  Pacific Grove, Ca., USA

Marshall, P.A. and K. G. Sweat. 2008. Integrating Mathematics into Microbiology: Statistical Analysis of Biology Community Level Phenotype Profiling.  Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Sciences.  40(2):157-159.

Sweat, K.G., W. A. Iselin, S. T. Bates and T.H. Nash III. 2004.  The Lichens of Parashant National Monument, Arizona: A Preliminary Study.  Journal of the Arizona Nevada Academy of Science 37(2):85-90.

Research Activity

CURE as a Research Experience for All: Preparing the Future STEM Workforce. Marshall, P.A., Broatch, J., Cahill, T.C., Foltz-Sweat, J.L., Sweat, K.G. NSF 15-585 (7/1/2016 – 6/30/2019).

An Integrated Core Curriculum of Cell Biology, Genetics, and Ecology Using the Desert Tree Lizard as a Thematic Organism.  Dennis, D.E., Deutch, C., Kwiatkowski, M.A., Marshall, P.A., Sweat, K.G. NSF-EHR (9/15/2004 – 8/31/2007).

Development of Laboratory Experiments and Lecture Material for the Introductory Biology course (BIO 187/188).  Internal Staff Development Grant.  Arizona State University at the west campus.  Summer 2002.

Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 181General Biology I
BIO 182General Biology II
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 181General Biology I
BIO 182General Biology II
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 182General Biology II
LSC 388Research for Natural Sciences
LSC 493Honors Thesis
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 181General Biology I
BIO 182General Biology II
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 182General Biology II
FOR 394Special Topics
PLB 394Special Topics
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 181General Biology I
BIO 306Modes of Biological Thought
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 182General Biology II
PLB 310The Flora of Arizona
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
LSC 499Individualized Instruction