Kilgore, Jason S.
Areas of Study
Jason Kilgore is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. He manages the W&J Greenhouse and Herbarium in the department. His primary teaching responsibilities are Biology 101/101L: Introductory Biology, Biology 200: Botany, Biology 319: Field Biology, Biology/Math 245: Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences and a non-majors course called Biology 100: Useful Plants. Intersession offerings include Biology 263: Dendrochronology and a soon-to-be-developed field course on desert-to-mountain survival by plants and animals in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Dr. Kilgore serves on the Institutional Assessment Committee and serves as faculty advisor to the W&J Ski Club.
Dr. Kilgore's academic background is in population and community ecology, plant physiology and biogeography, and his research interests lie in the contributions of physiology and ecology to plant distribution, especially conifers and non-native plant species. Locally, Dr. Kilgore works with enrolled students and student-interns associated with the HHMI-funded Long-term Ecological Monitoring (LEM) program to understand the distribution and ecology of plants at Abernathy Field Station. Dr. Kilgore's interest in local conservation issues has also spurred research on effects of coal mine drainage and interest in assessing effects of shale hydrofracturing fluids on plant physiology and growth. More distant, Dr. Kilgore continues community and rare plant research on the dunes of Lake Michigan as well as the biogeography of conifers in the mountain islands of southern Arizona. Prior to W&J, Dr. Kilgore also worked as a wetland ecologist and forest planner for private consulting firms in the Midwest and East.
Dr. Kilgore is very active in the community, especially on conservation and local resource issues. He has given talks and field trips to community organizations, is involved in youth coaching and Scouting and is actively developing an outreach program for grade school teachers and students.