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Kier D. Klepzig
Director/Entomology and Microbiology

Dr. Klepzig directs the conservation, research, and educational programs of the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway in southwest Georgia. The program is sponsored by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. The programs include the stewardship of the 30,000-acre Ichauway site, graduate student co-sponsorship programs, natural resource education and outreach to landowners, students, policy-makers, and public agencies, and five long-term research projects. His personal research interests include forest entomology, forest pathology, mycology and insect and microbial diversity. Prior to assuming the directorship of the Jones Center, he was a Research Entomologist and Assistant Director of the Southern Research Station of the US Forest Service in Asheville, NC.

Education

  • Ph.D., Plant Pathology/Entomology (Double Major), University of Wisconsin, 1994
  • MS, Plant Pathology/Entomology (Double Major), University of Wisconsin, 1989
  • BS, Reclamation/Biology (Double Major), University of Wisconsin, 1986

Professional Experience

  • 2017-present: Director, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center
  • 2008-2017: Assistant Director of Research, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Asheville, NC
  • 1998-2008: Project Leader SRS-4552/4501, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Pineville, LA
  • 1995-2008: Research Entomologist, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Pineville, LA
  • 1997-2008: Adjunct Associate Professor, Entomology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • 1994-1995: Assistant Professor, Forest Pathology/Forest Entomology, Plant and Soil Sciences, Urban Forestry Program, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA
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