Charles Kwit is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He received a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Louisiana State University.
Dr. Kwit's teaching interests are in the areas of climate change, conservation biology, introductory botany, and plant-animal interactions. He teaches a climate change course as part of the Chancellor's Honors Program for first-semester freshman. He is developing and will be teaching a course on Wildlife Vegetation and Habitat for Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries students, and will be teaching in the Introductory Botany sequence in the General Biology program.
As a researcher Dr. Kwit is interested in (1) the effects (actual and predicted) and ramifications of land-use and climate change, management, and disturbance on biodiversity in natural, managed, and agricultural settings, and (2) the important roles animals play in seed dispersal processes in animal-mediated seed dispersal systems. Current and recent projects in these areas include Kirtland's Warbler winter habitat management in the Bahamas, bioenergy sustainability (with a focus on switchgrass as a biofuel crop), oak savanna restoration in the Midsouth, climate change vulnerability indices for conservation, and animal-mediated seed dispersal (including myrmecochory) patterns and consequences.
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