Research InterestConservation, wildlife-plant interactions
Ph.D., Louisiana State University (Plant Biology)
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Wildlife Ecology)
Charles Kwit is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Dr. Kwit is interested in (1) the effects and ramifications of land-use and climate change, management, and disturbance on biodiversity in natural, managed, and agricultural settings, and (2) the important roles animals play in seed dispersal processes in animal-mediated seed dispersal systems. Current and recent projects in these areas include Kirtland’s Warbler winter habitat management in the Bahamas, bioenergy sustainability (with a focus on switchgrass as a biofuel crop), oak savanna restoration in the Midsouth, climate change vulnerability indices for conservation, and animal-mediated seed dispersal (including myrmecochory) patterns and consequences.