Title: Professor of Biology
Company: Bloomsburg University
Location: Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Thomas Scott Klinger, PhD, Professor of Biology at Bloomsburg University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biology and higher education.
Interested in nature and biology from a formative age, Dr. Klinger would often traverse fields and creeks, collecting animals and rocks. Attending the University of South Florida, he received a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in biology in 1979 and 1984, respectively. He commenced his career as a teaching assistant at the university in 1976, holding the role until 1983 when he became an adjunct lecturer for the following year. After obtaining his doctorate degree, he served Saint Leo University as an adjunct professor before starting his tenure at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 1985. Beginning his career at Bloomsburg University as an assistant professor, he subsequently ascended the ranks to associate professor in 1990 and full professor of biology, a role he has held since 1996. In addition, he was a graduate coordinator, where he focuses on expanding graduate offerings in biology and environmental science and opportunities in interdisciplinary and international research.
Dr. Klinger’s primary research interests include the relationships between nutrition, growth and reproduction of sea creatures, particularly starfish, sea urchins and sea cucumbers. He has also conducted research in the effects of rising sea surface temperatures on the functional well-being of these sea animals, as well as the characterization of the digestive enzymology of sea urchins. His research and teaching activities have evolved into visiting appointments in Greece, Australia, Antarctica, Taiwan and Central America. Likewise, he was the vice president for academics on the Marine Science Consortium in Wallops Island, VA, where he promoted expanding research activities, oversaw college-level courses, coordinated field trips and developed programs for young and adult students.
Dr. Klinger has contributed myriad articles to professional journals and chapters to books throughout his career. An editorial board member of American Zoologist between 1998 and 2004, he has maintained affiliation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, the American Society of Zoologists and Sigma Xi, among many others. As a testament to his success, he received the Distinguished Professor Award from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2018, which he cites as a career highlight. In addition, he has been a frequent grantee of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Bloomsburg University, the University of Queensland and the National Science Foundation.
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