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Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma


Chad King, Ph.D., is currently an associate professor in the Department of Biology. He is a native of the Great Plains having been born and raised in Nebraska, living in South Dakota and Missouri, before coming to Oklahoma. King earned a B.S. in biology from Wayne State College, Nebraska; an M.S. in biology from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion and a Ph.D. in forestry from the University of Missouri. King comes from a family of teachers in which his mom, dad and sister are all educators. His wife, Vicki Jackson, also is an associate professor of biology at UCO. He and Jackson have one son, Noah, two cats and one dog.

Education and Certifications

  • B.S., Biology, Wayne State College (1990)
  • M.S., Biology, University of South Dakota (1994)
  • Ph.D., Forestry, University of Missouri (2013)


  • Associate Professor, Biology, University of Central Oklahoma (2019-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Biology, University of Central Oklahoma (2013-18)
  • Instructor, Forestry, University of Missouri (2012)
  • Instructor, Biology, University of Central Missouri (2002-09)

Classes Taught

  • BIO 1225 - Principles of Biology - Diversity
  • BIO 3543 - General Ecology
  • BIO 4204 - Plant Ecology
  • BIO 4910 - Fire and Disturbance Ecology

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Butler, C.J., King, C.B., and Reinking, D.L. 2021. Do citizen science methods identify regions of high avian biodiversity? Animal Diversity 13(12),656; Special Issue: Avian Ecology and Diversity, Population Monitoring and Conservation: Recent Advances and New Challenges.

King, C.B. and J. Cheek. 2019. Historic fire regimes of Hottonia Bottoms Preserve and Boehler Seeps and Sandhills Preserve, Oklahoma. A report prepared for the Oklahoma Nature Conservancy. 30 pp.

Small, M.M., Brennan, R.E., King, C.B., and Laverty, S.M. 2019. Seasonal sampling of ticks in residential and non-residential parks in Edmond, Oklahoma identifies novel establishment of species. Vector Ecology 44: 1-7.

King, C.B. and Buck, J. 2018. Characteristics of a bottomland forest at Arcadia Lake with special emphasis on green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica, Marshall). Oklahoma Native Plant Record 18: 4-18.

King, C.B., Cheek, J. and LaMere, K. Age structure of forests at Edmond Park, Arcadia Lake, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. 2017. A technical report for the City of Edmond Park and Recreation Department. 21 pp.

King, C.B. Assessment of the Cross Timbers forest at the Arcadia Conservation Education Area, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. 2016. A Final Report to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Arcadia Conservation Education Area. 25 pp.

King, C.B. 2015. Forest structure and fire history at Arcadia Lake, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma (1820-2014). Oklahoma Native Plant Record 15: 19-30.

King, C.B. and *Cheek, J. 2015. Dendroecology, forest composition, and land-use history of a suburban Cross Timbers forest in central Oklahoma. Urban Naturalist 6: 1-20.

King, C.B. 2014. Oak age structure at E.C. Hafer Park, Edmond, Oklahoma. A report to the City of Edmond. Edmond, Oklahoma. 17pp.

King, C.B. and Muzika, R.M. 2014. Historic fire and canopy disturbance dynamics in an oak-pine (Quercus-Pinus) forest of the Missouri Ozarks (1624-2010). Castanea. 79: 78-87.

King, C.B. 2013. Dendroecology of forests in Missouri: disturbance and integration over multiple centuries. Ph.D. Dissertation. Department of Forestry, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. 218pp.

King, C.B. and Muzika, R.M. 2013. A multi-century analysis of disturbance dynamics in pine-oak  forests of the Missouri Ozark Highlands. In: Miller, G.W., Schuler, T.M., Gottschalk, K.W.,  Brooks, J.R., Gruschecky, S.T., Spong, B.D., Rentch, J.S., eds. Proceedings, 18th Central  Hardwoods Conference, 2012 March 26-28; Morgantown, WV. General Technical Report  NRS-P-117. Newtown Square, PA: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern  Research Station. pp. 50-62.

King, C.B. and Muzika, R.M. 2011. Technical report on historic canopy dynamics in Mill Hollow and Randolph Tract, Pioneer Forest. A report for Pioneer Forest, LLC, Salem, MO.

Brown, P., Gentry, C., Cassell, B., Dugan, A., Harris, J., King, C.B., Marschall, J., Salicrup, D., Smith, G., and Waldron, J. 2010. Fire and recruitment history of a Jeffery pine stand in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, California. Final Report, North American Dendroecological Fieldweek 2010 Fire History Group.

King, C.B., G.M. Wilson, and P.D. Sudman. 1999. New records of the pygmy shrew (Sorex hoyi) in southeastern South Dakota. The Prairie Naturalist, 31:115-117.

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