J. Val Klump joined the Center for Great Lakes Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1980 and served as the Director of the Great Lakes WATER Institute from 2001 to 2011. He is currently a Professor and Dean of UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences.
His research focuses on how nutrients and carbon are cycled in lakes. This work has taken him from the deepest soundings in Lakes Superior and Michigan aboard a research submersible, to the largest and oldest lake in the world—Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia. Other research highlights the presence and dynamics of “dead zones” in Green Bay including the impact climate change has on their extent and duration.
Klump is a member of the International Joint Commission’s Science Advisory Board, the Wisconsin Sea Grant Advisory Council, and the Discovery World Board of Directors. He holds a BS in Zoology from Duke University, a degree in Law from Georgetown University, and a PhD in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.