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Department of Biology

Dr. Jeffrey Lee WalckWALCK

Phone: (615) 904-8390
Office Location:  SCI 1057
MTSU Box 60
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
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B.S. with Honors, Cornell University
Ph.D. in Biology, University of Kentucky

Climate change and plant regeneration from seedsEcology, evolution and biogeography of seed dormancy and germinationConservation biology of rare plants and communities, particularly cedar gladesInvasion ecology of plants and management issues

Dr. Walck's research has resulted in 50 papers published in leading international journals such as American Journal of Botany, Annals of Botany, Australian Journal of Botany, Biological Conservation, Biotropica, Botanical Review, Canadian Journal of Botany, Global Change Biology, Journal of Biogeography, Nature, Plant Ecology, and Seed Science Research.

Visiting Researcher, Korea National Arboretum, South KoreaDistinguished Visiting Scholar, Kings Park and Botanic Garden & The University of Western AustraliaVisiting Scientist, Taiwan National Science Council & Taiwan Forestry Research InstituteDistinguished Research Award, Middle Tennessee State University

Graduate Students focus on a variety of plant ecology and conservation biology issues, focusing on seed ecology or on cedar glades. This ecosystem is best developed in middle Tennessee, a hotspot of plant endemism and rarity, and is critically imperiled. Examples of graduate projects include investigating the invasiveness of the exotic shrub Chinese privet, determinants of species richness in cedar glades using GIS, and effects of climate change on management of rare bladderpods. External and in-house grants support graduate research.