Eran S. Kilpatrick, Ph. D.

Associate Professor – Biology
Chair, Division of Mathematics and Science
EranKil@mailbox.sc.edu

Ph.D., Clemson University
M.S., Clemson University
B.S., University of South Carolina, Aiken

Expertise/Interests

Dr. Kilpatrick’s research expertise and interests are focused on the response of reptiles, amphibians, birds, small mammals, and vascular plants to forest management practices including prescribed burning and other fuel reduction treatments. He has conducted research in a varieity of terrestrial and wetland habitat types in the Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and Blue Ridge physiographic provinces.

Accomplishments

Thesis/Dissertation

Kilpatrick, E.S. 2006. Herpetofauna, small mammal, and avifauna responses to fuel reduction treatments in the southern Piedmont. PhD Dissertation. Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

Kilpatrick, E.S. 2002. The effects of prescribed burning and thinning as fuel reduction treatments on herpetofauna in the upper Piedmont of South Carolina. M.S. Thesis. Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

Publications

Kilpatrick, E.S, T.W. Waldrop, J.D. Lanham, C.H. Greenberg, and T. Contreras. 2010 Short-term effects of fuel reduction treatments on herpetofauna from the Southeastern United States.  Forest Science 56(1): 122-130

Kilpatrick, E.S., J.D. Lanham, and T.W. Waldrop. 2010 Effects of Fuel Reduction Treatments on Avian Nest Density in the Upper Piedmont of South Carolina. Open Environmental Sciences 4: 78-83.

K.L. Farris, S.J. Converse, S. Zack, W.D. Robinson, A.J. Amacher, T. Contreras, W.L. Gaines, E.S. Kilpatrick, J.D. Lanham, D. Miles, G. Rompre, K.E. Sieving, and J.C. Pierson. 2010. Short-term Effects of Fire and Fire-Surrogate Treatments on Avian Nest Survival: A National-Scale Analysis. Open Environmental Sciences 4: 53-62.

Kilpatrick, E.S. 2007. How a naturalist finds his way to the university classroom. USC Salkehatchie Faculty Forum 8: 1-4.

Kilpatrick, E.S., D.B. Kubacz, D.C. Guynn, Jr., J.D. Lanham, and T.A. Waldrop. 2004. The Effects of Prescribed Burning and Thinning on Herpetofauna and Small Mammals in the Upper Piedmont of South Carolina: Preliminary Results of the National Fire and Fire Surrogate Study. In: Connor K.F., ed. Proceedings of the 12th biennial silvicultural conference. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-71, Asheville, NC: USDA Forest Service, pp. 18-22

Floyd, T.M. and E.S. Kilpatrick. 2002. Geographic Distribution  Pseudacris brachyphona (Mountain Chorus Frog).  Herpetological Review 33(1): 48.

Kilpatrick, E.S. and P.D. McMillan. 2002. Geographic Distribution.  Eriocaulon cinereum.  Castanea 68(2): 182.

Shelburne, V.B., L.R. Gering, J.D. Lanham, G.P. Smith, T.M. Floyd, and E.S. Kilpatrick. 2002.  Application of Piedmont landscape ecosystem classification as a reference for a vegetation and herpetofaunal survey on Lake Thurmond, SC.  Silvicultural Conference Proceedings Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-48. Asheville, NC:   US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 610-614.

Kilpatrick, E.S., T.M. Floyd, and J.D. Lanham. 2001. Geographic Distribution.  Ambystoma talpoideum (Mole Salamander).  Herpetological Review 32(3): 188.

Presentations at Meetings

Lawson, G.R. and E.S. Kilpatrick. 2011. Hybridization among the supspecies of eastern newts (Notophthalmus viridescens) in South Carolina. The 72nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Huntsville, AL.

Kilpatrick, E.S. and K. Browning.* 2011. Assessment of Reptile and Amphibian Habitat Components at Red Bluff Lodge in Allendale County, South Carolina. The annual  meeting of the South Carolina Academy of Science, Orangeburg, SC.

Kilpatrick, E.S. and M. Brown*. 2011. Variation in life history patterns of the Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens). University of South Carolina Discovery Day, Columbia, SC.

Kilpatrick, E.S. and R. Scheffler* 2010. Reptile and Amphibian Inventory of Red Bluff Lodge in Allendale County, South Carolina, The annual meeting of the South Carolina Academy of Science, Charleston, SC.

Kilpatrick, E.S. and R. Scheffler* 2010. Reptile and Amphibian Inventory of Red Bluff Lodge in Allendale County, South Carolina, University of South Carolina Discovery Day, Columbia, SC.

Kilpatrick, E.S. 2009. Wildlife research in the Salkehatchie region of South Carolina. Regional Campuses Science Conference, Sumter, SC.

Kilpatrick, E.S. 2009. The effects of fuel reduction treatments on nest success in the Piedmont of South Carolina. The annual meeting of the South Carolina Academy of Science, Columbia, SC.

Kilpatrick, E.S. 2009.  The North American Amphibian Monitoring Program: Results from the South Carolina Component 2008.  The 70th Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Birmingham, AL.

Kilpatrick, E.S. 2007. Review of the Southeastern Piedmont Fire and Fire Surrogate Study. Presentation for the USC Salkehatchie Faculty Research Forum.

Kilpatrick, E.S. 2007. The South Carolina component of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program. Presentation for the USC Salkehatchie Faculty Research Forum.

Kilpatrick, E.S. 2006.  Southeastern Piedmont site report: herpetofauna, small mammals, and avifauna.  Meeting of the National Fire and Fire Surrogate Study, Asheville, NC.

Kilpatrick, E.S. 2006.  The meta-analysis of herpetofauna in four southeastern fire and fire surrogate study sites.  Meeting of the National Fire and Fire Surrogate Study, Asheville, NC.

Kilpatrick, E. S., J. D. Lanham, D. C. Guynn, Jr., and T. A. Waldrop. 2002. The effects of prescribed fire and thinning on herpetofauna in the Clemson experimental forest. Summer Meeting of the South Carolina Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Clemson, SC.

Kilpatrick, E.S. 2002.  Southeastern Piedmont site report: herpetofauna and small mammals.  Meeting of the National Fire and Fire Surrogate Study, Salt Lake City, UT.

Floyd, T.M., E.S. Kilpatrick, and J.D. Lanham. 2001.  The importance of isolated  depression wetlands for herpetofauna in the South Carolina Piedmont.  The 55th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Louisville, KY.

Marsinko, A., D.C. Guynn, Jr., and E.S. Kilpatrick. 2001.  Forest industry hunt-lease programs in the south.  The 55th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Louisville, KY.

Kilpatrick, E. S., J. D. Lanham, D. C. Guynn, Jr., and T. A. Waldrop. 2000.  Methodology for sampling herpetofauna on the southeastern Piedmont site of the National Fire and Fire Surrogate Study.  Summer Meeting of the South Carolina Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Moncks Corner, SC.

* Indicates a presentation given by an undergraduate researcher

Funding

2011 University of South Carolina Magellan Scholar Program. Mapping and Habitat Characterization of Green-fly Orchid Colonies (Epidendrum magnoliae) in Allendale, Colleton, and Jasper Counties, South Carolina – $2,920

2011 University of South Carolina Magellan Scholar Program. Evaluation of Anuran Species Detection and Site Occupancy Using the South Carolina Component of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program – $2,275

2010 University of South Carolina Magellan Scholar Program. Assessment of Reptile and Amphibian Habitat Components of Red Bluff Lodge in Allendale County, SC – $2,967

2010 University of South Carolina STEPs to STEM internship and mentoring program – $3,000

2009 University of South Carolina STEPs to STEM internship and mentoring program – $8,000

2009 USC Salkehatchie Faculty Research Grant – $855.00

2009 University of South Carolina Magellan Scholar Program. Reptile and Amphibian Inventory of Red Bluff Lodge in Allendale County, SC – $2,964

2008 University of South Carolina Research Council and Research Opportunity Program.  The North American Amphibian Monitoring Program: South Carolina Component. – $9,997

Invited Seminars

Ecology of Donnelley Wildlife Management Area. Coastal Ecology Lecture, North Greenville College, SC. 2011

The Salkehatchie Region: A Case Study in Biodiversity. Tea and Topics Lecture Series, April 2011.

Our Local Nature. Salkehatchie Leadership Institute: Barnwell County Cultural and Natural Resources, March 2010.

Unique Natural Resources of the Greater Salkehatchie Region. Salkehatchie Leadership Institute: Bamberg County Cultural and Natural Resources, March 2009.

The South Carolina Component of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP). University of South Carolina Aiken Department of Biology and Geology Seminar Series. February 2008.

Herpetofauna Sampling Techniques. Wildlife Sampling Techniques Lecture, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Clemson University, SC. 2003 – 2006

Avifauna and Herpetofauna Sampling Techniques. Wildlife Biology Lecture, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Clemson University, SC. 2003

Biodiversity. Conservation Biology Lecture, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Clemson University, SC. 2002

Avifauna, Herpetofauna, and Vascular Plant Sampling Techniques. Foresty Summer Camp Field Exercise, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Clemson University, SC.  2000, 2001, and 2003

Conferences and Seminars Attended

Isolated Wetlands: Roles, Regulations, and Rulings. North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Resarch Reserve, Georgetown, SC, 2011

Regulatory Process Relating to Managed Tidal Wetlands along the South Carolina Coast, Yemassee, SC, September, 2010

Value Added Wetland Management, Yemassee, SC, April, 2010

South Carolina State Park Service All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) Conference,  Ninety Six, SC, February 2009, 2010

Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Association of Naturalists (SCAN). Columbia, SC January 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

6th Eastern Native Grass Symposium. Columbia, SC October 2008

South Carolina Water Resources Conference. Charleston, SC October 2008

South Carolina Herpetology Conference. Columbia, SC May 2007

Courses Taught

Biological Principles I – Lecture and Laboratory Components – USC Salkehatchie: Fall 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and Spring 2007

Biological Principles II – Lecture and Laboratory Components – USC Salkehatchie: Spring 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Microbiology – Lecture and Laboratory Components – USC Salkehatchie: Fall 2006 and 2007; Summer 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; Spring 2009, 2010, 2011

Natural History of South Carolina – Lecture and Laboratory Components – USC Salkehatchie: Spring 2008

Nongame Wildlife Management – Team Taught – Clemson University: Spring 2006

Forest Resources Special Problems: Herpetofuana Sampling Techniques – Team Taught – Clemson University: Spring 2001, Fall 2000

Honors and Awards

Nominated for the Governor’s Professor of the Year Award, 2011

Nominated for the John J. Duffy Excellence in Teaching Award 2009, 2010

Xi Sigma Pi National Forestry Honor Society

USC Aiken Outstanding Senior in Biology 1998-1999

Beech Island Agricultural Club Scholarship Recipient 1995-1997

Professional Organizations

Association of Southeastern Biologists

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

South Carolina Academy of Science

South Carolina Association of Naturalists

The Wildlife Society

Professional Activities

State Coordinator – South Carolina Component of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program. October 2007 – present

Regional Coordinator – South Carolina Component of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program.  October 2007 – present

Graduate Student Research Advisor – College of Charleston, Department of Environmental Science. Spring 2009 – present

South Carolina State Park Taxonomic Working Group Committee Chair for Avian Inventories, December 2010 – present

South Carolina State Park Taxonomic Working Group Committee Member for Herpetofauna Inventories, February 2010 – present

Principal Investigator – Red Bluff Lodge Biological Inventory. May 2008 – present

Adjunct Professor – Clemson University. Summer 2009 – present

Adjunct Professor – College of Charleston. Spring 2009 – present

Consultant – Clemson University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, King Creek Project. 2007.

Consultant – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 2007 – 2009

Section Leader – National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, Clemson, SC. 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010

 

University Service

System Affairs Committee Chair, Regional Campuses Faculty Senate, 2010 – 2011.

System Affairs Committee Member, Regional Campuses Faculty Senate, 2008 – 2011.

Faculty Organization Chair. USC Salkehatchie, Fall 2009 – Spring 2010.

Laboratory Chemical Safety Officer. USC Salkehatchie, Fall 2008 – present.

Academic Advisor. USC Salkehatchie, 2007 – present.

Chemistry Search Committee Chair, USC Salkehatchie, Fall 2010 – Spring 2011

Mathematics Search Committee Chair. USC Salkehatchie, 2010

Information Technology Search Committee. USC Salkehatchie, 2009

Psychology Search Committee. USC Salkehatchie, 2007.

Chemistry Search Committee. USC Salkehatchie, 2007.

Library Committee. USC Salkehatchie, 2006 – present.

Community Needs Committee. USC Salkehatchie, 2006 – present.

Globalization Committee. USC Salkehatchie, 2008 – present.

Beautification Committee. USC Salkehatchie, 2007 – present.

Welfare and Grievance Committee. USC Salkehatchie, 2006-2007.

Science Fair Judge. Allendale County School District, 2011.

Science Fair Judge. Colleton County School District, 2008 – 2010.

Science Fair Judge. Colleton Preparatory Academy, 2007.

Links

Carolina Bird Club

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Partner’s in Flight – United States

PARC – Partner’s in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

South Carolina Plant Atlas

Flora of North America