Kier D. Klepzig is an Entomologist and Assistant Director of the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station in Asheville, NC. Kier has been involved with Elevate for years, teaching elementary science and biology. He has taught at all levels from Sunday school classes to lectures in graduate classes at universities. Kier is an active performer in the Western NC area, performing onstage at Hart Theatre in Waynesville and singing bass in the acapella quartet SuperSonic. Kier has a wife (a nurse in Asheville), one son (a carpenter in Asheville) and one daughter (a theater major at Western). Prior to his current appointment, he spent 14 years as a Research Entomologist and Project Leader of the Insects, Diseases and Invasive Plants Research Unit in Pineville, LA. He studied bark beetle fungal interactions and symbiosis. He received degrees in Biology and Reclamation from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (B.S.), and in Entomology and Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.S., Ph.D.). He has authored over 90 scientific papers, and serves as an editor for Environmental Entomology. He recently served as a co-editor and co-author of the landmark book SPBII. He is the most recent winner of the AD Hopkins Award for excellence in forest entomology. I LOVE teaching… helping students realize all they know, and learn new things is the greatest joy. I look forward to meeting each student where he or she is at and growing together as we learn more about our world. Science is fascinating and learning is fun!