The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Scott D. Klopfer, director of the Conservation Management Institute with the College of Natural Resources and Environment, for his work in natural resource management.
He is the research faculty representative on the Virginia Tech Commission on Research, representing about 750 faculty members.
Klopfer is responsible for designing and delivering sponsored research projects as a principal investigator, engaging with people who work to improve natural resource conservation in Virginia and around the world.
He is interested in landscape ecology, wildlife management on small and medium-sized properties, and natural resource management administration.
His thesis research focused on developing landscape-scale climate estimation models for use in animal and habitat distribution modeling.
After graduating, he took a research position with the ecosystem modeling unit of the U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Experiment Station in Delaware, Ohio, where he developed TabGen, a software program designed to provide various forest timber stand metrics from plot data.
He also has provided professional development courses for several state agencies in Virginia.
Klopfer received his bachelor’s of science in environmental and forest biology from the State Univeristy of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y. Klopfer worked on the Virginia Gap Analysis Project during his graduate years at Virginia Tech and received a master’s degree in wildlife sciences.
Before pursuing his master’s degree, he was a former park manager for the Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in Englewood, New Jersey.