Julia A. Klein, PhD.

Associate Professor

Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Fields of Expertise

Ecosystem Dynamics

Areas of Interest

Interactions among climate, grazing, and the structure and function of grassland and alpine ecosystems, How human activities and global changes are altering systems


Julia Klein grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA and was fortunate to spend a lot of time outdoors and to develop a love and respect for the natural world. Dr. Klein stayed on the east coast for college and was an undergraduate student at Cornell University, where she took courses in biology, economics, political science, anthropology and international relations – even back then she had a budding interest in addressing issues from an interdisciplinary perspective! Dr. Klein headed to the West coast for graduate school and obtained a Ph.D. in ecosystem science and was lucky to co-teach field courses in Nepal during the early years of her graduate studies. Dr. Klein's work in the fields of ecology and education, and experience with Himalayan communities, prepared her well for dissertation research, where she studied the impacts of climate change and grazing on ecosystems on the northeastern Tibetan Plateau.