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Dr. Brian Kloeppel

Brian Kloeppel

 

Dean of the Graduate School and Research
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources
Professor, Natural Resource Conservation and Management

Phone: 828-227-3174
Email: bkloeppel@wcu.edu
Office Address: Stillwell 353 and 110F Camp Building
Website: http://paws.wcu.edu/bkloeppel/

  

Areas of Interest:

"My interests include watershed ecology, carbon and water cycling, forest growth and dynamics, and the policies regulating the conservation and management of these resources."

Courses:

  • NRM 140: "Natural Resource Conservation and Management"
  • NRM 320: "Soil Conservation"
  • NRM 352: "Forest Resource Measurements"
  • NRM 440: "Integrated Resource Management"
  • NRM 442: "Natural Resource Policy and Administration"
  • NRM 460: "Watershed Management"

Education:

  • Ph.D., Forest Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998
  • M.S., Tree Physiology, Pennsylvania State University, 1992
  • B.S., Forest Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989

Recent Publications:

Kattge, J., J. Bonisch, S. Diaz, et al., B.D. Kloeppel, et al. (667 co-authors). 2020. TRY Plant Trait Database - enhanced coverage and open access. Global Change Biology 26: 119-188.

Bates, P.C., J.R. Miller, D.M. Styers, K. Langdon, C. Burda, R.W. Davis, T.H. Martin, B.D. Kloeppel, S. McFarland. 2018. Natural resource condition assessment for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Natural Resources Report NPS/GRSM/NRR 1626, National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. 415 pp.

Bates, P.C., J.R. Miller, D.M. Styers, C. Burda, R.W. Davis, T.H. Martin, G.M. Hovis, and B.D. Kloeppel. 2017. Natural resource condition assessment for Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. Natural Resource Report NPS/GUCO/NRR 1372, National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. 163 pp.

Bates, P.C., J.R. Miller, D.M. Styers, C. Burda, R.W. Davis, T.H. Martin, and B.D. Kloeppel 2017. Natural resource condition assessment for Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Natural Resource Report NPS/CARL/NRR 1373, National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. 201 pp.

Elliott, K.J., J.M. Vose, J.D. Knoepp, B.D. Clinton, and B.D. Kloeppel. 2015. Functional Role of the Herbaceous Layer in Eastern Deciduous Forest Ecosystems. Ecosystems 18: 221-236.

Falster, D.S., R.A. Duursma, M.I. Ishihara, D.R. Barneche, R.G. FitzJohn, A. Vårhammar, Aiba, M. Ando, N. Anten, M.J. Aspinwall, J.L. Baltzer, C. Baraloto, M. Battaglia, J.J. Battles, B. Bond-Lamberty, M. van Breugel, J. Camac, Y. Claveau, L. Coll, Dannoura, S. Delagrange, J.C. Domec, F. Fatemi, W. Feng, V. Gargaglione, Y. Goto, Hagihara, J.S. Hall, S. Hamilton, D. Harja, T. Hiura, R. Holdaway, L. Hutley, T. Ichie, E.J. Jokela, A. Kantola, J.W.G. Kelly, T. Kenzo, D. King, B.D. Kloeppel, T. Kohyama, Komiyama, J.P. Laclau, C.H. Lusk, D.A. Maguire, G. le Maire, A. Mäkelä, Markesteijn, J. Marshall, K. McCulloh, I. Miyata, K. Mokany, S. Mori, R.W. Myster, Nagano, S. Naidu, Y. Nouvellon, A.P. O'Grady, K.L. O'Hara, T. Ohtsuka, N. Osada, O.O. Osunkoya, P.L. Peri, A.M. Petritan, L. Poorter, A. Portsmuth, C. Potvin, J. Ransijn, Reid, S.C. Ribeiro, S.D. Roberts, R. Rodríguez, A. Saldaña-Acosta, I. Santa-Regina, Sasa, N.G. Selaya, S.C. Sillett, F. Sterck, K. Takagi, T. Tange, H. Tanouchi, D. Tissue, T. Umehara, H. Utsugi, M.A. Vadeboncoeur, F. Valladares, P. Vanninen, J.R. Wang, E. Wenk, R. Williams, F. de Aquino Ximenes, A. Yamaba, T. Yamada, T.Yamakura, R.D. Yanai, R.A. York. 2015. BAAD: A biomass and allometry database for woody plants. Ecology 96: 1445.

Billick, I., I. Babb, B.D. Kloeppel, J.C. Leong, J. Hodder, J. Sanders, and H. Swain. 2013. Field stations and marine laboratories of the future: a strategic vision. National Association of Marine Laboratories and Organization of Biological Field Stations. 59 pp.

Ford, C.R., K.J. Elliott, B.C. Clinton, B.D. Kloeppel, and J.M. Vose. 2012. Forest dynamics following eastern hemlock mortality in the southern Appalachians. Oikos 121: 523-536.

Yamashita, Y., B.D. Kloeppel, J.D. Knoepp, G.L. Zausen, and R. Jaffé. 2011. Effects of watershed disturbance on dissolved organic matter characteristics in headwater streams. Ecosystems 14: 1110-1122.

Nuckolls, A.E., N. Wurzburger, C.R. Ford, R.L. Hendrick, J.M. Vose, and B.D. Kloeppel. 2009. Hemlock declines rapidly with hemlock woolly adelgid infestation: impacts on the carbon cycle of southern Appalachian forests. Ecosystems 12: 179-190.

Beckage, B., B.D. Kloeppel, J.A. Yeakley, S.F. Taylor, and D.C. Coleman. 2008. Differential effects of understory and overstory gaps on tree regeneration. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 135: 1-11.

Kloeppel, B.D., M.E. Harmon, and T.J. Fahey. 2007. Estimating aboveground net primary production in forest dominated ecosystems. Chapter 5 in T. Fahey and A. Knapp, editors. Principles and Standards for Measuring Primary Production. Pp. 63-81. Oxford University Press, New York. 268 pp.

Ford, C.R., R.M. Hubbard, B.D. Kloeppel, and J.M. Vose. 2007. A comparison of sap flux-based evapotranspiration estimates with catchment-scale water balance. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 145: 176-185.

Clark, J.S., M. Wolosin, M. Dietze, I. Ibanez, S, LaDeau, M. Welsh, and B.D. Kloeppel. 2007. Tree growth inference and prediction from diameter censuses and ring widths. Ecological Applications 17: 1942-1953.

Oleksyn, J., B.D. Kloeppel, S. Lukasiewicz, P. Karolewski, and P.B. Reich. 2007. Ecophysiology of horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum L.) in degraded and restored urban sites. Polish Journal of Ecology 55: 245-260.

Recent Presentations:

2020 Council of Graduate Schools. Virtual Summer Workshop. “Navigating Federal, State, and Institutional Policies During COVID-19” with J. Rutledge and A. Gil.

2020 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools. Birmingham, AL. “And What about Graduate Retention and Persistence?: Building Strategies to Address the Overlooked Question” with J. DeRochi and S.J. McGee.

2019 Council of Graduate Schools. San Diego, CA. “Data Analytics and Machine Learning: Improved Outcomes for Student Success” with V. Prybutok

2018 Council of Graduate Schools. Chicago, IL. “Positioning Graduate Education Leaders as Change Agents”

2018 Council of Graduate Schools. National Webinar broadcast with Trina Orr from Cullowhee, NC. “Supporting Strong Communication between Graduate Deans and Financial Aid Officers”

2017 Council of Graduate Schools. Scottsdale, AZ. “Understanding Accelerated Master’s Degrees”

2017 Second Saturdays for Science, WCQS Studios. Asheville, NC. “Long-term and Large-scale Ecological Research: the Convergence of Science, Ecosystem Services, and Policy at Field Stations”

2014 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools - Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX. “Graduation and Career Success Student Workshop”

2013 North Carolina Society of Toxicology - Annual Meeting. Raleigh, NC. Keynote Speaker: “Watershed changes in western North Carolina and their implications for human health”

2012 Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers - Annual Meeting. Asheville, NC. “Secondary forest succession quantification using LIDAR analysis in the southern Appalachians” with T.J. Souther, R.G. Kreza, M.C. Mentzer, and R.E. Emanuel.

2012 Ecological Society of America - 97th Annual Meeting. Portland,OR. “Does a diverse herbaceous layer contribute to ecosystem function” with K.J. Elliott, J.M. Vose, J.D. Knoepp, and B.D. Clinton

2011 Ecological Society of America - 96th Annual Meeting. Austin, TX. “Secondary forest succession quantification using LIDAR analysis in the southern Appalachians” with T.J. Souther, R.G. Kreza, M.C. Mentzer, and R.E. Emanuel.

2011 Ecological Society of America - 96th Annual Meeting. Austin, TX. “Assessment of secondary succession in North Carolina: advancing understanding of successional vegetation through coupled field and remote sensing studies” with R.E. Emanuel, Z.E. Barthel, J. Jackson, M. Jackson, J. Johnson, R.G. Kreza, M.C. Mentzer, E. Mutai, D.A. Smith, T.J. Souther, R. Sue, C.J. Sutton, M. Talley, A. West, J. Fail, Jr., L.S. Jernigan, and S. Sabaratnam.

2011 Association of Southeastern Biologists - 72 nd Annual Meeting. Huntsville, AL. “Analysis of secondary forest succession using LIDAR analysis in the southern Appalachians” with R.G. Kreza, M.C. Mentzer, T.J. Souther, and R.E. Emanuel.

2010 Fifth Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Symposium. Asheville, NC. “Potential changes in transpiration with shifts in species composition following the loss of eastern hemlock in southern Appalachian riparian forests” with C.R. Ford and J.M. Vose.

2010 Ecological Society of America - 95th Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA. “Potential changes in transpiration with shifts in species composition following hemlock loss” with C.R. Ford and J.M. Vose.

2008 Chapman Conference. Birmingham, England. “Dissolved organic matter composition and dynamics in headwater streams of an eastern deciduous biome under different forest management regimes: applications of EEM-PARAFAC” with Y. Yamashita, J. Knoepp, and R. Jaffe.

2008 Ecological Society of America - 93rd Annual Meeting. Milwaukee, WI. “Diurnal and seasonal variation in canopy transpiration among evergreen and deciduous species in the southern Appalachians” with C.R. Ford, R.M. Hubbard, and J.M. Vose.

2008 Ecological Society of America - 93rd Annual Meeting. Milwaukee, WI. “Integrated research and education projects of the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory” with S. Farinas.

2008 Florida Coastal Everglades All Scientists Meeting. Miami, FL. “Inter-LTER collaboration - Assessing the dynamics of dissolved organic matter at the Coweeta LTER using EEM-PARAFAC: preliminary result” with Y. Yamashita, G. Zausen, J.D. Knoepp, and R. Jaffé.

2008 Fourth Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Symposium. Hartford, CT. “Effects of eastern hemlock mortality on riparian ecosystems in the southern Appalachians” with J.M. Vose, C.R. Ford, B.D. Clinton, K.J. Elliott, and J.D. Knoepp.

2007 National Science Foundation, Division of Environmental Biology - Invited Seminar. Arlington, VA. “Ecosystem water use and carbon flux in a changing environment”.

2007 Southwestern Community College - Invited Seminar. Sylva, NC. “Plants, Water Availability, and Local to Global Warming”.

2007 Ecological Society of America - 92th Annual Meeting. San Jose, CA. “Soil carbon dioxide efflux in forested ecosystems: the comparison of evergreen vs. deciduous watersheds” with R.M. Hubbard, C.R. Ford, J.M. Vose, and G.L. Zausen.

2007 North American Forest Biology Workshop, Bloomington, IN. “Interactions of resin flow, sap flow, and climatic variables in two pine species” with S. Cladis, C.R. Ford, J.T. Costa, and Kier D. Klepzig.

2007 USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station All Scientists Meeting. Lake Lanier, GA. “Current riparian zone structure and function research at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory” with B.D. Clinton, K.J. Elliott, C.R. Ford, J.D. Knoepp, and J.M. Vose.

2007 USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station All Scientists Meeting. Lake Lanier, GA. “Long-term hydrology and biogeochemsirty at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, Otto, North Carolina” with J.D. Knoepp, J.M. Vose, and C.R. Ford.

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