Jeffrey Klopatek

Senior Sustainability Scientist
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Emeritus Professor of Ecology
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Biography

Jeffrey Klopatek is a Professor of Ecology and Environmental Science with the School of Life Sciences. He was previously a Research Ecologist in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he also taught at the University of Tennessee. He is a certified Senior Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America and a past two-time Chair of ESAs Board of Professional Certification.

Among his honors was his award as a Senior Fulbright Scholar. Both his teaching and research activities focus on ecosystem and landscape ecology and the methods needed to address ecological topics at these scales. He has conducted research worldwide, ranging from the deserts of Namibia to the glaciers of Antarctica. He and his students have worked on a wide scale of projects, ranging from microbial controls on decomposition to ecosystem carbon flux to the analysis of satellite images for determining landscape changes. Research has taken place in a myriad of ecosystems: wetlands, extreme deserts, old-growth temperate rain forests, deciduous forests, shrublands, urban and agricultural systems. Most recently he has branched out into analysis of sustainable food systems.

Klopatek's research emphasis is currently divided into two primary areas: 1) the prediction of potential global change effects on ecosystems and their below- and above ground structures and processes, and 2) the ecology of food. He has been a visiting scientist at EPA working on the development of ecological indicators. He has extensive consulting experience, mostly in wetland ecology and ecosystems but also including a myriad of topics from siting of energy facilities to food sustainability. Currently he holds an Adjunct Professorship with the Culinary Institute of America. His past outside activities include elected chairman of a planning and zoning commission to a nuclear missile battery commander.

Research Interests

Klopatek's research emphasis is currently divided into two primary areas: 1) the prediction of potential global change effects on ecosystems and their below- and above ground structures and processes, and 2) the biogeochemistry of ecosystems. He has been a visiting scientist at EPA working on the development of ecological indicators. He has extensive consulting experience, most in wetland ecology and ecosystems but also including a myriad of topics from siting of energy facilities to food sustainability. His past experiences include being elected chairman of a planning and zoning commission to a nuclear missile battery commander.

Publications

  • Koerner, Brenda & Jeffrey Klopatek. C fluxes and N availability along an urban-rural gradient in a desert landscape. Urban Ecosystems (2009).
  • Gentile, J., J.M. Klopatek, P. Montagna, and M. Waters. Peer Review Panel Report: Technical Document to Support a Water Reservation Rule for Picayune Strand and Downstream Estuaries. (2008).
  • Jeffrey Klopatek. Litterfall and fine root biomass contribution to nutrient dynamics in second- and old-growth Douglas-fir ecosystems. Plant & Soil (2007).
  • Jeffrey Klopatek, M Barry, D Johnson. Potential Canopy Interception of Nitrogen in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Forest Ecology and Management (2006).
  • David Shaw, Jerry Franklin, Jeffrey Klopatek, Ken Bible, Sarah Greene, Trevor Newton. Ecological setting of Wind River Canopy Crane. Ecosystems (2004).
  • M Harmon, K Bible, H Mooney, M Ryan, D Shaw, Jeffrey Klopatek, W Winner. Production, respiration, and overall carbon balance in an old-growth Pseudotsuga/Tsuga forest ecosystem. Ecosystems (2004).
  • R Conant, P Dal Betta, Jeffrey Klopatek, C Klopatek. Factors controlling soil respiration in semiarid soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry (2003).
  • Jeffrey Klopatek. Belowground carbon pools and processes in different age stands of Douglas-fir. Tree Physiology (2002).
  • Brenda Koerner, Jeffrey Klopatek. Anthropogenic and Natural CO2 Emission sources in an Arid Urban Environment. Environmental Pollution (2001).
  • R Conant, Jeffrey Klopatek, C Klopatek. Environmental factors controlling soil respiration in three semiarid ecosystems. Soil Science Society of America Journal (2000).
  • Jeffrey Klopatek. Litter decomposition patterns in second- and old-growth Douglas-fir Forests. Plant Ecology (0).

Research Activity

  • Day,Thomas*, Klopatek,Jeffrey M. RESPONSE OF TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS ALONG THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA TO A CHANGING CLIMATE. NSF-OPP(9/1/2003 - 8/31/2007).
  • Klopatek,Jeffrey M*. DOCUMENTING FLUX AND STORAGE OF BELOWGROUND CARBON ALONG A CHRONOSEQUENCE OF DOUGLAS-FIR STANDS: EFFECT OR MIXED. NATL INST FOR GLOBAL ENVIRONME(7/1/2001 - 6/30/2004).
  • Klopatek,Jeffrey M*. FOREST FLOOR AND SOIL CARBON FLUX AND STORAGE: EFFECT OF MIXED SPECIES ALONG A CHRONOSEQUENCE OF DOUGLAS-FIR STANDS. UNIV OF CA AT DAVIS(7/1/2000 - 6/30/2002).
  • Balling,Robert C*, Day,Thomas, Fernando,H J S, Gober,Patricia, Hogan,Timothy D, Klopatek,Jeffrey M, Wentz,Elizabeth Ann. DYNAMICS OF AN URBAN CARBON DIOXIDE DOME. NSF-BIO(5/1/1999 - 4/30/2003).
  • Klopatek,Jeffrey M*. SOIL & LITTER CARBON PROCESSES IN OLD GROWTH & PLANTATION DOUGLAS-FIR ECOSYSTEMS. UNIV OF CA AT DAVIS(7/1/1998 - 6/30/2001).
  • Klopatek,Jeffrey M*. BELOWGROUND CARBON POOLS AND PROCESSES AT THE WIND RIVER CANOPY CRANE RESEARCH SITE. UNIV OF CA AT DAVIS(7/1/1996 - 6/30/1998).
  • Klopatek,Jeffrey M*. VEGETATION ANALYSIS OF THE SINAI. DOS - USAID(8/15/1993 - 2/14/1994).
  • Klopatek,Jeffrey M*. LANDSCAPE DYNAM OF CARBON POOLS&FLUXS ALONG SEMIARID WOOD. USDA-FS(9/1/1991 - 9/30/1995).
  • Klopatek,Jeffrey M*. FOOD CHAIN SUPPORT IN THE NAMIBIA FOG DESERT. NATL GEOGRAPHIC SOC(5/16/1990 - 3/31/1992).
  • Klopatek,Jeffrey M*. SENSITIVTY OF RIPARIAN ECOSYSTMS(IPA AGRREMNT FOR DR KLOPATE. DOD-ARMY(6/15/1988 - 8/15/1988).

Presentations

  • Rios, R, Klopatek, Jeffrey. Soil Carbon Analysis in the Antarctic Peninsula. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting (Aug 2006).
  • Rios, R, Klopatek, Jeffrey. Soil Carbon Analysis in the Antarctic Peninsula. Sixth Annual MGE@MSA Student Research Conference (NSF) (Apr 2006).
  • Koerner, Brenda, Klopatek, Jeffrey. Soil Changes across an urban-rural gradient. Soil Science Society of America (Oct 2004).
  • Klopatek, Jeffrey, Barry, M, Johnson, D. Canopy Interception of Nitrogen in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting (Aug 2004).
  • Koerner, Brenda, Klopatek, Jeffrey. Carbon Adventures: A game to teach the pools and flows of the carbon cycle. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting (Aug 2004).
  • Klopatek, Jeffrey. A comparative Analysis of Soil Carbon Efflux at Replicate Sites at the Wind River. 9th Annual Science Conference of the WInd River canopy Crane Research Facility
  • Klopatek, Jeffrey. Carbon and Nitrogen Pools in Second and Old-Grpwth Douglas-Fir Forests. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting
  • Klopatek, Jeffrey. Nutrient pools and fluxes in a chronosequence. Functional Consequences of Douglas-fir Stand Development
  • Klopatek, Jeffrey. Urbanization effects on Natural Desert Plant Communities. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting
  • Kaduk, J, Berry, J, Klopatek, Jeffrey. Carbon cycling in an Old Growth Forest. Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union

Service

  • Ecosystems, Reviewer (2011 - Present)
  • NSF, Reviewer (2011 - Present)
  • Plant & Soil, Reviewer (2010 - Present)
  • Slow Food, member (2010 - Present)
  • Soil Science, Reviewer (2010 - Present)
  • Culinary Institute of America, Volunteer (2008 - Present)
  • Slow Food International, volunteer (2008 - Present)
  • Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Consulting on Environmental Issues (2008 - Present)
  • Wild Farm Alliance, advisor (2007 - Present)
  • Urban Ecosystems, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Atmospheric Environment, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • J. Range Management, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Natural Areas Journal, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • US BOR, Proposal Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Plant & Soil, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • NSF, Proposal Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • EPA, Panel Member (2006 - Present)
  • USDA, Proposal Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Soil Science, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Urban Ecosystems, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • National Science Foundation, Reviewer (2004 - Present)
  • Biogeochemistry, Reviewer (2004 - Present)
  • Biogeochemisty, Reviewer (2004 - Present)
  • Plant & Soil, Reviewer (2000 - Present)
  • Chefs Collaborative, member (1998 - Present)
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science Program, member (2004 - 2015)
  • Facilities and Maintenance, member (2010 - 2012)
  • South Florida Water Management District, Peer Reviewer (2008 - 2010)
  • Facilities and Maintenance Committee, member, representing EEES (2007 - 2010)
  • Association of Ecosystem Research Centers, ASU Representative (1995 - 2009)
  • Bioscience, Reviewer (2008 - 2008)
  • Personnel Committee- EES, member (2004 - 2007)
  • Facilities and Maintenance Committee, member (2005 - 2006)
  • Ecological Society of America- Board of Professional Certification, Board Member- Elected (2003 - 2006)
  • Ecological Society of America- Board of Professional Certification, Board Member (1999 - 2006)
  • U.S. EPA, Reviewer (2005 - 2006)
  • GIS Certification Program, Executive Committee Member (2003 - 2006)
  • Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, consulting on environmental issues (2004 - 2005)
  • Journal of Arid Ecosystems, Reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • National Science Foundation, Reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • Columbia Press, Reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • Oecologia, Reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • Journal of Ecology, Reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • Northwest Science, Reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • Atmospheric Sciences, Executive Committee, Executive Committee Member (2003 - 2004)
  • Biostatistician Search Committee, member (2003 - 2004)
  • Ecological Applications, Reviewer (2004)
  • Ecological Economics, Reviewer (2004)
  • National Science Foundation, Reviewr (2004)
  • Oecologia, Reviewer (2004)
  • Oxford Press, Reviewer (2004)
  • Soil Science Society of America, Reviewer (2004)
  • US Department of Agriculture, Reviewer (2004)
  • Wetlands, Reviewer (2004)
  • Wind River Canopy Crane, Field Trip Leader (2004)
  • Dean's Strategic Planning and Academic Resources Committee, Member (2003 - 2004)
  • Undergraduate Advising, Advisor (2001 - 2004)
  • Ecological Society of America- Board of Professional Certification, Chair Person (2002 - 2003)
  • Ecological Society of America- Governing Council, Member (2002 - 2003)
  • Apprende Middle School, Assisted (2003)
  • Biotropica, Reviewer (2003)
  • Canadian Journal of Forest Resources, Reviewer (2003)
  • Chefs Collaborative, contributor (2003)
  • Ecology and Environmental Science Concentration, co-director (2003)
  • Ecology/Ecological Applications, Reviewer (2003)
  • Journal of Arid Lands, Reviewer (2003)
  • NSF, Proposal Reviewer (2003)
  • National Science Foundation- Ecosystems Panel, Member (2003)
  • New Zealand Journal of Ecology, Reviewer (2003)
  • Tree Physiology, Reviewer (2003)
  • USDA, Proposal Reviewer (2003)
  • Wind River Canopy Crane- Board of Administrators, Board Member (2003)