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;
Thesis: Plant Population Patterning and Community Development in an Abandoned Limestone
PhD 1982, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Dissertation: Demography and Seed Biology of Monocarpic Herbs Colonizing an Abandoned
Professor of Biology and GeoEnvironmental Science, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre,
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
Ecological Society of America Education Section: Organizer 1987, Chairman 1987-1989;
Ecoed.net 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)
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
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 http://wilkes-fs1.wilkes.edu/~kirbypl/index.html
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
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
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
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 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
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