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Dr. Dirk Vanderklein's research focuses on how plants grow in the environmental conditions they live in and how plants affect the environment that they live in.

Currently, his research is concentrating on these areas: the impact of Japanese knotweed (an invasive plant) on our water supply, what is the status of the street trees in Montclair, NJ, and how to help first-year first-generation students succeed in science and college. All of this work has involved and continues to involve undergraduate and graduate students. The results from the knotweed work suggest that for some of the local streams, Japanese knotweed is removing as much as 9% of our water supply during the summer months. Given that the state is already experiencing water shortages in northern New Jersey, this additional loss of water is very worrisome. Dr. Vanderklein and his research team members are currently trying to understand the impact of this plant at the watershed scale. 

Research interests

Focuses on how plants grow in the environmental conditions they live in and how plants affect the environment that they live in.

Scholarly Interests

Plant ecology, Tree Growth, Plant Physiology, Ecophysiology


Dr. Vanderklein mostly teaches BIOL113 (Principles of Biology 2), BIOL213 (Introduction to Ecology), and BIOL425/520 (Plant physiology). In his teaching he tries to engage students in their learning. His goal is to have students become fully engaged in their learning so that they go beyond rote learning and instead try to achieve deep learning (i.e. true understanding), through a combination of in-class exercises, group projects out of class, hands-on learning in lab, and student reflection pieces in class. As part of his dedication to achieving deep learning by the students who attend my classes, he has joined the Office for Faculty Advancement at MSU as a fellow and mentor in the Engaged Teaching Mentors and Fellows Program.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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