Dr. Van Kley came to SFA in the fall of 1993 from West Lafayette Indiana, where he completed a Ph.D. in Forest ecology at Purdue University. He is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his B.S. degree from Calvin College (Grand Rapids MI), and his M.S. degree from Central Michigan University (Mt Pleasant, MI).
Current research includes the development of an ecological classification system for the National Forests in Texas and Louisiana, analysis of portions of the Dutch National vegetaton Database in collaboration with collegues at the Alterra Institute for Green World Research in the Netherlands, and analysis and monitoring of the wetland plant communities of Caddo Lake in northeastern Texas. For more information of Dr. Van Kley's research, visit his research website.
Dr. Van Kley is also curator of the ASTC Herbarium at SFA, which includes more than 77,000 specimens, mostly from east Texas.