George Kling

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George Kling

Robert G. Wetzel Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Office Location(s): 1041 Kraus Natural Science Building
Phone: 734.647.0894
Lab Phone: 734.647.0898
Fax: 734.763.0544
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  • Fields of Study
    • Ecosystem ecology and aquatic biogeochemistry
  • About

    Academic background

    Dr. Kling received his Ph.D. degree from Duke University in 1988, and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole from 1988-1991. He received a National Academy of Sciences Young Investigator Award in 1993, became a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow in 1995, and was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1997.

    Research interests

    Professor Kling is interested in how elements such as carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycle through the environment, and the implications of this cycling for ecosystem function. His research includes the study of land-water interactions, physical transport, geochemical reactions, and the role of organisms in element storage and transformation. It is these phenomena that underlie our understanding of the broad environmental problems of acid rain, eutrophication, species introductions, and climate change. The general goal of this research is to better understand what controls important ecosystem functions, and how various controls relate to ecological theory and to the major environmental problems of our world.


    (1)  Ecosystem Ecology; Biology/SNRE 476; 3 credit hours
    (2)  Limnology;  Biology 483;  3 credit hours
    (3)  Hughes Aquatic Laboratory; Biology 473; 3 credit hours
    (4)  Introduction to Global Change;  Biology 110; 3 credit hours
    (5)  Global Change III: Sustainability; UC 212; 4 credit hours
    (6)  Oceanography;  Biology 380;  3 credit hours
    (7)  Introductory Biology Workshop;  Biology 150; 1 credit hour
    (8)  Ecosystems;  Biology 800;  1-3 credit hours
    (9)  Advanced Studies;  Biology 700;  1-3 credit hours
    (10)  Biogeochemistry; EEB 800; 1 credit hour
    (11)  Undergraduate Independent Study; Biology 300; 1-3 credit hours
    (12)  Advanced Undergraduate Independent Study; Biology 400; 1-3 credit hours

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Duke University, 1988
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Ecosystem ecology and aquatic biogeochemistry
  • Graduate students
    • Jasmine Crumsey, Jason Dobkowski, Benjamin Miller