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Brian Kloeppel - Western Carolina University. Cullowhee, NC, US

Brian Kloeppel

Professor | Western Carolina University


Brian Kloeppel's scholarly interests include watershed ecology, carbon and water cycling, forest growth and dynamics.



Brian Kloeppel's organizational interests include strategic planning, graduate program development, and biological field station site reviews and planning. His scholarly interests include watershed ecology, carbon and water cycling, forest growth and dynamics, and the policies regulating the conservation and management of these resources. He enjoys working with students at the undergraduate and graduate level and empowering them with the tools and techniques, both academic and professional, to grow and develop their careers in science, health care, business, education, and the humanities.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Forest Growth and Dynamics

Watershed Ecology

Graduate Program Development

Strategic Planning

Biological Field Station Site Reviews and Planning

Carbon and Water Cycling

Education (3)

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Ph.D., Forest Ecology 1998

Pennsylvania State University: M.S., Tree Physiology 1992

University of Wisconsin-Madison: B.S., Forest Science 1989

Media Appearances (4)

Western Carolina, Mars Hill, A-B Tech graduations set for this weekend

ABC 13 News  online


"It's the closest to normal in a year and a half for the graduation events," dean of graduate school and research Brian Kloeppel said.

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WCU maintains steady enrollment numbers for 2021 spring semester, adds graduate students

WCU Stories  online


“Amidst the pandemic, our graduate faculty and programs continue to facilitate a movement toward more flexible delivery modes to enable more graduate student professionals to build their academic credentials, even while they experience changes in family and job responsibilities,” said Brian Kloeppel, dean of Graduate School and Research. “Graduate enrollment continued an upward trend with notable increases in master’s degree programs in Business Administration, Human Resources, Social Work, Sport Management, the new Experiential Outdoor Education, and the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. Our graduate students are learning and growing by building their educational credentials, thereby enabling them to experience a more secure future for them, their family, and their community.”

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WCU reports record enrollment, retention

WCU Stories  online


Among the factors leading to a 1.65 percent increase in graduate student enrollment this fall is a new master’s degree program in experiential and outdoor education, which added 21 students to the rolls, said Brian Kloeppel, dean of Graduate School and Research. “We are also making a jump on next year’s enrollment. For the 2021 spring semester, we already have 521 of our graduate students enrolled, which is up 80 graduate students compared to this point in time for spring 2020,” Kloeppel said.

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WCU experiences third consecutive year of record enrollment — freshman GPA soars

The Mountaineer  online


"NC Promise is not a factor, however, in the 10.5 percent increase in the number of new graduate students enrolled this fall, because the tuition plan applies only to undergraduate students," said Brian Kloeppel, WCU graduate school and research dean.

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Articles (3)

TRY Plant Trait Database - enhanced coverage and open access.

Global Change Biology


Natural resource condition assessment for Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Natural Resources Report


Natural resource condition assessment for Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

Natural Resource Report