Professor of Biology
Middle Tennessee State University
Jeffrey Walck earned his B.S. with Honors from Cornell University (1989) and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky (1998), and worked with Drs. Jerry and Carol Baskin on the comparative ecology of rare vs. common goldenrods. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Ohio State University, and conducted research in molecular phylogenetics and the evolution of seed dormancy. In 1999, he joined the Department of Biology at Middle Tennessee State University in Tennessee, USA where he is currently a Professor. Jeffrey’s research focuses on the ecology of seed germination – from unraveling complex dormancy types and environmental cues for germination to aspects concerning climate change and invasion ecology. He has worked on species that inhabit a broad range of ecosystems: temperate deciduous forests, tropical rainforests, sclerophyllous woodlands, deserts, mangroves and montane forests. Jeffrey served as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar from 2007 to 2009 at The University of Western Australia and Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, Australia, where he worked on difficult-to-germinate species. During the summer of 2013, he was a Visiting Professor in the Chinese Academy of Sciences and did research on the responses of seed germination and seedling growth to climate change of dune species. Jeffrey also has served as an Invited Visiting Scientist to South Korea and Taiwan, where he collaborated on seed germination and on ex situ seed banking projects.