Sara Klopf

Research Associate

My career began at Southern Illinois University as a student and lab manager where I focused on research related to peatland reclamation after oil sands mining activities in northern Alberta, Canada. Since I've been at Virginia Tech, my research emphasis has been landscape rehabilitation after other types of mining activities.  My particular interest is the botanical side of ecological restoration.  I am currently working with The American Chestnut Foundation, SUNY Syracuse, the University of Georgia, and the Forest Health Initiative to field-test varieties of American chestnut trees for blight resistance and vigor on coal mine reclamation sites.  I am also assessing the hydrologic and vegetation responses to wetland mitigation in northern Virginia, working with state agencies to quantify the impact of prescribed fire on the hydrology of a sinkhole pond, and developing and testing improved seed mixes on reclaimed mineral sands mines.

How to find me:
  • E-mail:
  • Phone: (540) 231-6482
  • Office: 351C Smyth Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0404
  • B.S. Integrative Biology, University of Illinois, 2007
  • M.S. Plant Biology/Ecology, Southern Illinois University, 2010