J. Val Klump is a Professor, Dean of Research, and Senior Director of the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 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. His recent research highlights the presence and dynamics of “dead zones” in Green Bay including the impact climate change has on their extent and duration.
Klump currently serves as a board member of several regional and national organizations including: the International Joint Commission’s Science Advisory Board Research Coordination Council, the NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System Federal Advisory Committee, the National Association of Marine Laboratories Executive Board, and Discovery World. He holds a degree in Law from Georgetown University and a PhD in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.