Ecologist Klausmeier Named MSU Foundation Professor
Christopher Klausmeier, professor of plant biology and W.K. Kellogg Biological Station faculty member, has been named an MSU Foundation Professor.
The MSU Foundation Professor title is designated for individuals who combine externally recognized, exemplary scholarly accomplishment and/or potential, with clear professional relevance to specific areas of MSU scholarly need, disciplinary development, or research or creative emphasis. Consideration is also given to teaching innovation and excellence.
Klausmeier, who is an expert in theoretical ecology, especially related to microbial and aquatic systems, joined MSU in 2005. His laboratory group studies the general principles that organize ecological communities and ecosystems, with a particular focus on phytoplankton and zooplankton, the microscopic plants and animals at the base of lake and ocean food webs.
He has published more than 50 articles and is an associate editor for The American Naturalist. His awards and honors include a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and an EU Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowship, which supported a sabbatical visit to the Danish Technical University in Copenhagen.
Before joining MSU, he was on the faculty in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Biology, a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University, and a National Science Foundation International Research Fellow at EAWAG in Switzerland. Klausmeier received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, Calif., and his doctorate in ecology, evolution and behavior from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.
– PHOTO (above): Sample of Zooplankton, By Matt Wilson/Jay Clark, NOAA NMFS AFSC. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons