Wilkes University


Klemow to Lead Statewide Conservation Organization

Kenneth Klemow. professor of biology and environmental science, was recently voted as president elect of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey.   The Pennsylvania Biological Survey is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization whose purpose is to increase knowledge of, and foster the perpetuation of, the natural biological diversity of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The 150 members of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey include scientists from throughout Pennsylvania, representatives of state and federal agencies concerned with natural resource management, representatives of Pennsylvania’s major natural history museums and scientific institutions, and other interested and knowledgeable individuals.  The Survey is responsible for determining the status (endangered, threatened, etc.) of wild species of animals, plants and other organisms in the state.

At Wilkes, Klemow teaches courses in biology, botany, energy, and ecology.  He also directs our Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.

In his leadership capacity with the Pennsylvania Biological Survey, Klemow hopes to improve public understanding of the importance of Pennsylvania’s rich biological diversity.  According to Klemow, “That diversity is one of Pennsylvania’s treasures, and helps to provide breathable air, clean water, and recreational opportunities for all of its citizens.”