Jason S. Kilgore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology; Environmental Science Major Coordinator
Jason Kilgore is an associate professor in the Department of Biology and serves as the coordinator for the Environmental Science Major. As a broadly trained plant ecologist and former wetland consultant, he is interested in the regulation of species distributions from local patches of woods to the landscape scale. He and his students use field and greenhouse studies, integrated with GIS, to understand the impacts of invasive species, environmental contaminants, and climate change on growth, survival, community succession, and migration of plants.
Dr. Kilgore’s main research systems include the mountain islands of southern Arizona, Great Lakes sand dunes, and eastern deciduous forests of North America. He particularly values long-term ecological studies and participates in the College’s Long-term Ecological Monitoring (LEM) program at the Abernathy Field Station and the Permanent Forest Plot Project (PFPP), which is part of the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN). Within EREN, he is co-leader for the Emerald Ash Borer Impacts Study (EAB) and Complementary Vegetation Survey (cVeg) and contributor to collaborative projects related to garlic mustard (GM/P), acorn production (OakMAST), and impacts of windows on bird mortality (BirdWin). Recent research also includes developing protocols to identify old-growth forests in the local ecoregion.
He is also involved in research related to spinal cord stimulation with Dr. David Provenzano, impacts of collaborative research on student learning (EREN), use of digitized natural history collections to learn ecological concepts (QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network), and remediation of soil and water contaminated with heavy metals (Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) Grant, Henry Luce Foundation), which is work done in collaboration with W&J students, Dr. Jennifer Bayline (Chemistry Department), and faculty at Guangdong University of Education in Guangzhou, China.
Dr. Kilgore is also founder and curator to the W&J Campus Arboretum and manages the W&J Greenhouse and Herbarium. Many students from across campus contribute to the care, management, and monitoring of plants in these projects.
Dr. Kilgore’s primary teaching responsibilities are Evolution and Biological Diversity, Field Biology, Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences, Plant Diversity, Environmental Plant Physiology, and Forest Ecology. He also teaches an introductory course in environmental studies related to water resources as well as non-major courses in economic botany and First-Year Seminars focusing on discovering one’s sense of place and thriving as a first-year student. Dr. Kilgore teaches on-campus Intersession courses in dendrochronology and travel courses focusing on the natural and human history of the Sonoran Desert.
Dr. Kilgore currently serves the College as co-chair for the Institutional Assessment Committee. He also serves as the faculty mentor to the Varsity Swimming & Diving Team and advisor to the Outdoor Club.
Community service is very important to Dr. Kilgore. Among other activities, he serves on the City of Washington Planning Commission and as an Associate Director for the Washington County Conservation District, gives talks and field trips to community organizations, develops and leads outreach activities to local schools, and serves Scouts BSA as a Troop leader, a Merit Badge Counselor, and an ecologist on the Council Conservation Committee.
- Kilgore, J., A. Jacobsen, and F. Telewski. 2020. Hydraulics of Pinus (subsection Ponderosae) populations across an elevation gradient in the Santa Catalina Mountains of southern Arizona. Madroño 67(4):218-226.
- Anderson, L.J., J.J. Dosch, E.S. Lindquist, T.S. McCay, J.L. Machado, K. Kuers, T.B. Gartner, K.L. Shea, C. Mankiewicz, V.L. Rodgers, P.A. Saunders, R.A. Urban, J.S. Kilgore, A.S. Powell, B.S. Ramage, J.M. Steinweg, J.N. Straub, S.L. Bunnell, and M. Witoksky-Eldred. 2020. Assessment of student learning in undergraduate courses with collaborative projects from the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN). Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) 4(1): 15-29. DOI:10.18833/spur/4/1/2.
- Dolan, B., and J. Kilgore. 2018. Forest regeneration following emerald ash borer (EAB, Agrilus planipennis) enhances mesophication in eastern hardwood forests. Forests 9: 353.
- Provenzano, D.A., J. Rebman*, C. Kuhel†, H. Trenz, and J. Kilgore. 2017. The efficacy of high-density spinal cord stimulation among trial, implant, and conversion patients: A retrospective case series. Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface. doi: 10.1111/ner.12612 *W&J Biochemistry (’18) †W&J General Biology (’16)
- Leege, L., and J. Kilgore. 2014. Recovery of foredune and blowout habitats in a freshwater dune following removal of invasive Austrian pine (Pinus nigra). Restoration Ecology 22(5):641-648.
- Sansom, B.*, D. Hornbach, M. Hove, and J. Kilgore. 2013. Effects of flow restoration on mussel growth in a Wild and Scenic North American River. Aquatic Biosystems 9:6. * W&J General Biology and Environmental Studies Majors (’11)
- Runco, G., C. Fadgen*, K. Ruhkamp*, B. Dolan, and J. Kilgore. 2013. Response of ash seedling density to emerald ash borer induced stress. The Ohio Journal of Science 113(1):A-23. *W&J General Biology Majors (’14)
- Lindsey, A.*, and J. Kilgore. 2013. Soil type affects Pinus ponderosa var. scopulorum (Pinaceae) seedling growth in simulated drought experiments. Applications in Plant Sciences 1(8):1300031. * MSU Crop and Soil Sciences Major (’08)
- Beavers, B., L. Kollar*, C. Morrissey*, B. Dolan, and J. Kilgore. 2013. Impact of ash loss on forest composition. The Ohio Journal of Science 113(1):A-23. *W&J General Biology Majors (’14, ’13, respectively)
- Swartz, J., P. Kurzeja, J. Pierce, P. Carrington, J. Kilgore, M. Catal, D. Rayman, F. Telewski, and G. Adams. 2008. Are root problems involved in leaf scorch? Published paper in proceedings from Landscape Below Ground III, October 2008, International Society of Arboriculture, Lisle, IL.
- Telewski, F., and J. Kilgore. 2005. Estimates of tree age as determined from increment cores using dendrochronology: final report for CH2MHill. Pages C-2-3 in “Dendrogeomorphology pilot study, Tittabawassee River floodplain, Michigan” prepared by Limno-Tech, Inc., for The Dow Chemical Company.
- Kilgore, J., and F. Telewski. 2004. Reforesting the jack pine barrens: a long-term common garden experiment. Forest Ecology and Management 189(1-3):171-187.
- Kilgore, J., and F. Telewski. 2004. Climate-growth relationships for native and nonnative Pinaceae in northern Michigan’s pine barrens. Tree-Ring Research 60(1):3-13.