News Release

Klepzig Named Assistant Director of Research

October 2, 2008

Asheville, NC — Southern Research Station (SRS) Director Jim Reaves today announced the appointment of Dr. Kier D. Klepzig as SRS Assistant Director of Research.

"Since joining the Forest Service in 1995, Kier has conducted cutting-edge research and developed strong, lasting ties with partners in the forest health science community regionally, nationally, and internationally," said Reaves. "He is highly regarded among fellow scientists, and I have great confidence in his ability to lead SRS researchers as they tackle the major threats facing forest ecosystems today and in the future."

As assistant director of research, Klepzig will manage the station's Threats to Forest Health science area, which includes the Center for Forest Disturbance Science, the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center , and the Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants of Southern Forests research work units.

For the past 10 years, Klepzig served as a supervisory research entomologist and project leader of the SRS Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants unit in Pineville , LA. He is best known for his research on the complex symbiotic interactions among insects, fungi, bacteria, and mites.

Klepzig has also collaborated with State and Private Forestry and universities to develop coordinated approaches to research, development, and application programs for major forest pests. In addition, Klepzig has been an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Entomology at Louisiana State University . From 1995 to 1998, he served as a research entomologist in the SRS Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants unit.

Before joining the Forest Service, Klepzig taught forest pathology and forest entomology at Southern University from 1994 to 1995. He received his Ph.D. in entomology and plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994.

Klepzig and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter, Cassie, and son, Graham.