About Dr. Ken Klemow

Professor of Biology, Wilkes University

Native of Hazleton, graduated Hazleton High School, class of 1971

Received B.S. in Biology from University of Miami in 1975, played JV baseball there as a freshman.

Received M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Ecology from SUNY - Syracuse (dissertation research focused on revegetation in a limestone quarry).

Hired by Wilkes in 1982, presently holds joint appointment (with tenure) in Biology and GeoEnvironmental Science Departments. Promoted to rank of full Professor in 1998.

Courses include Principles of Modern Biology II, Plant Form and Function, Plant Diversity, Field Botany, Medical Botany, Ecology, Professional Preparation Techniques, Alternative Energy, and Communicating Science.

Received Carpenter Outstanding Teacher Award in May 1991.

Curator of Rosenthal Herbarium,

Professional societies include:

Certified as a Senior Ecologist by the ESA.

Research interests include plant ecology, wetland science, and biology education (Click to see summary of publications).

Owner of a consulting firm that conducts wetland delineations and mitigation designs, rare plant surveys, environmental assessments, and educational reviews.  Current and recent projects include Penobscot Windfarm (Bear Creek Township), Waymart Windfarm (Wayne County), Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course (Dorrance Township), Arena Hub (Wilkes-Barre Township), Hemingway Development (Moosic Borough), and Grimes Industrial Park (Pittston Township).

Served as Principal Investigator for several projects partnering with the Earth Conservancy, including design and performance evaluation of Phase I and Phase II constructed mine-drainage-treatment wetlands in Hanover Township, assessment of Newport and Nanticoke Creek watersheds, development of educational video pertaining to mine-related problems in northeastern Pennsylvania, rare plant assessment for Ashley Planes.

Member of the Steering Committee for the Upper-Susquehanna / Lackawanna Watershed American Heritage River initiative.

Member of the Kingston Shade Tree Council.

Currently lives in Kingston with wife and somewhat overweight black lab. Daughter recently graduated from Syracuse University and now lives in San Diego, where she is a Booking and Promotions Assistant at The Bellyup Tavern.

Wife's father and eldest sister's husband are both successful biomedical researchers. One younger sister is an ER physician near Philadelphia. Two other sisters are elementary school teachers.

This page posted and maintained by Kenneth M. Klemow, Ph.D., Biology Department, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766. (570) 408-4758, kklemow@wilkes.edu.