Ken Klemow CV


Curriculum Vita
Kenneth Mark Klemow
Biology Department, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

BS, University of Miami; 1975, cum laude. Biology major, chemistry minor

MS 1979, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry; Syracuse

Thesis: Plant Population Patterning and Community Development in an Abandoned Limestone Quarry

PhD 1982, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Syracuse

Dissertation: Demography and Seed Biology of Monocarpic Herbs Colonizing an Abandoned Limestone Quarry

Current Position:
Professor of Biology and GeoEnvironmental Science, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1982-present

Tenure granted 1989, promoted to full Professor, 1998.

Teach undergraduate courses in Principles of Modern Biology, General Ecology, Plant Form and Function, Plant Diversity, Field Botany, Medical Botany, Communicating Science, Professional Presentation Techniques.

Department, College and University committees, including Instructional Technology Committee (Chair 2004-present), Academic Planning Committee (Chair 2001-2002), Tenure and Promotion Committee, Teacher Recognition and Effectiveness Committee, numerous search and tenure-review committees

Direct undergraduate research projects (over sixty students to date) in a variety of topics pertaining to wetland ecology and mapping, revegetation of mined sites, assessment and remediation of sites impacted by abandoned mine drainage, plant community ecology, biology education, medicinal attributes of plants.

Curator, Rosenthal Herbarium; Director, Wetland and Restoration Ecology Laboratory

Professional Societies:
Ecological Society of America Education Section: Organizer 1987, Chairman 1987-1989; Steering Committee (2001-present). Editor: Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology initiative (2000-2004), Education & Human Resources Committee (2003 – 2006).

Sigma Xi (Wilkes University Club President 1987-88, Delegate: 1986-89 Nat'l Meetings.

Pennsylvania Academy of Science (Life member. Chairman, Exhibits Committee 1990-1992)

Pennsylvania Biodiversity Partnership, 2001-present. Chairman, Bioinformatics Task Force, 2002-present. Moderator: PABIODIV, 2002-present)

Research Projects:
Natural Revegetation in an Abandoned Limestone Quarry (1975-1988). Investigated the demography and community ecology of herbaceous species colonizing an abandoned limestone quarry near Syracuse, New York

Plant Community Ecology of Abandoned Anthracite Sites in the Wyoming Valley. (1989 - present). Directed a series of student projects investigating the community ecology and reproductive behavior of plants species naturally revegetating coal mines in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Assessment of Mine Drainage in the Lower Wyoming Valley (1993 - present). Conducted a series of projects with colleagues and members of various agencies to determine the locations of mine drainage discharges, and water quality in the Solomon’s Creek, Warrior Creek, Nanticoke Creek, and Newport Creek watersheds.

Design and Construction of Wetlands to Treat Acid Mine Drainage in the Lower Wyoming Valley. (1993 - 1998) Served as the Principal Investigator of a project funded for ca. $980,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency through the Earth Conservancy to design and create two treatment wetlands in the Nanticoke Creek watershed. The project resulted in the development of two wetlands that are functioning successfully.

Evaluation of National Wetland Inventory Maps. (1995 - 2000) Conducted an analyses of the National Wetland Inventory maps for northeastern Pennsylvania by comparing them to soils maps, and in-field wetland delineations.

Creation of On-Line Taxonomic Keys for Plant Species (1998-present). Directed a series of student projects aimed at creating Internet-based taxonomic keys for herbs and woody plants in the Kirby Park Natural Area near Wilkes-Barre. The primary version of the key can be viewed at

Research Interests:
Community and population ecology of plants colonizing terrestrial mine-impacted sites, wetland ecology and mapping, remediation of aquatic systems impacted by abandoned mine drainage, conservation ecology of vascular plants, ecology education, ecological bioinformatics.

Current and recent projects include Penobscot Windfarm (Bear Creek), Waymart Windfarm (Wayne County), Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course (Dorrance Township), Arena Hub (Wilkes-Barre Township), Grimes Industrial Park (Pittston Township), PA State Police Communications Center (Pittston Township), Luzerne County Community College (Nanticoke), Hemingway Development (Moosic Borough), Ricklefs & Miller ecology text (Freeman), Biology Department review - Bloomsburg University.

Boards & Organizations:
Pennsylvania Biodiversity Partnership (Chair – Biodiversity Informatics Task Force, Moderator PABIODIV listserve, Biodiversity Conservation Plan Team)

Kingston Shade Tree Board

Earth Conservancy (Principal Investigator of Constructed Mine Drainage Treatment project)

American Heritage Rivers Initiative - Luzerne / Lackawanna Watershed Steering Committee

Seven Tubs Natural Area Advisory Board

Kirby Park Natural Area Advisory Board.Certifications and Professional Listings:

Certifications and Professional Listings:
Certified Senior Ecologist - Ecological Society of America, 1991

Certified: Jurisdictional Delineation of Wetlands in Pennsylvania - National Wetlands Science Training Coop., 1991

Listed: Pennsylvania DEP Registry of Wetland Consultants

Listed: Pennsylvania DEP Registry of Professional Botanists

Grant Support:
Demonstration wetland to treat acid mine drainage – Phase I. Funded by Earth Conservancy / US Environmental Protection Agency. Co-PI with D. Bruns and T. Walski. 1993-1997. $529,200 to Wilkes University.

Demonstration wetland to treat acid mine drainage – Phase II. Funded by Earth Conservancy / US Environmental Protection Agency. Co-PI with T. Walski. 1995-1998. $177,960 to Wilkes University.

Wilkes University contribution to Newport and Nanticoke Creek watershed assessment. Funded by U.S. Geological Survey / Earth Conservancy. 1999. $9,100.

Water-monitoring plan for the Earth Conservancy Phase I and II wetlands. Funded by EC. 1999-2000 $8,700.

Fish blockage and wetland survey for Nanticoke Creek watershed. Funded by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 2000. $6,677

Continuation of a water quality assessment within the Newport and Nanticoke Creek watersheds. PA Funded by Department of Environmental Protection / US Environmental Protection Agency. 2000-2001. $18,784.

Continuation of a water-monitoring plan for the Earth Conservancy Phase I and II wetlands. Funded by U.S. Office of Surface Mining / Earth Conservancy. 2000-2002 $20,285.

I-Grad Link to Learn: Informatics Initiative, Co-PI with eight other Wilkes faculty. 2001-2002, Funded by Pennsylvania Department of Education, $280,717

Undergraduate Science Research Program Grant. Participant with seven other faculty. 2003-2005 Funded by Merck/AAAS. $60,000

Honors and Awards:
Carpenter Outstanding Teacher Award - Wilkes University (1991)

Certificate of Merit for Leadership and Service – Ecological Society of America Education Section (2004)

Who’s Who in America Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.

Who’s Who Among Young American Professionals Who’s Who in Science and Technology

Who’s Who in the East Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America

Who’s Who in American Education Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2000.

Kenneth M. Klemow, Certified Senior Ecologist and Botanist (1989 -present). Owner of a private consulting company the conducts wetland delineations and mitigation designs, rare plant surveys, environmental assessments, vegetation analyses, develops / reviews educational materials.