Kier D. Klepzig

Assistant Director
200 W.T. Weaver Blvd.
Asheville, NC 28804
Phone: 828-257-4307
Fax: 828-257-4313
kklepzig@fs.fed.us

Current Research

Ecology of microbial and anthropod associates of southern pine beetle; association of fungal root pathogens and their insect vectors with management practices in southern pines; Sirex woodwasp; invasive insects, diseases and plants of southern forests.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Entomology and Plant Pathology, 1994
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S. in Entomology and Plant Pathology, 1989
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. in Biology and Reclamation, 1986
    University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Professional Experience

Assistant Director, Southern Research StationUSDA Forest Service
2008—Current
Project Leader and Research Entomologist, Southern Pine Beetle and Invasives: Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
1998—2008
Research Entomologist, Southern Pine Beetle and Invasives: Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
1995—1998
Assistant Professor, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge
1994—1995

Featured Publications and Products

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Research Highlights

First ever detailed images of the structure the southern pine beetle uses to carry the fungi that helps kill trees. (2011)
Highly detailed images from advanced microscopy provide researchers with new visual insight into the interactions between bark beetles and their associated fungi that is also applicable to other bark beetle systems and can be used to devise new control strategies and identify new antibiotics.
International Partnership to combat Sirex woodwasp (2011)
Southern Research Station and the Forest Agriculture and Biotechnology Institute (FABI) work together to help combat the Sirex woodwasp, a known pine killing insect well established in South Africa and new to the United States. Also, through this partnership students will get the opportunity to study abroad at the world renowned institute.
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