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Gerald Lang, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Forensic and Investigative Science

As Chair of the Department of Forensic and Investigative Science, Dr. Lang serves full time as its academic and administrative officer.

Dr. Lang has three degrees in Botany: a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University, a master's degree from the University of Wyoming, and a doctorate from Rutgers University. From 1973 to 1976, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Dartmouth College. In 1976, he joined WVU as an assistant professor of biology. He was promoted to the rank of professor in 1984. From 1974 through 1989, Dr. Lang’s research in forest ecology and biogeochemical nutrient cycles was supported by approximately $2 million in competitively awarded grants. He has co-edited one book and published more than 50 papers.

Dr. Lang brings 25 years of progressive academic leadership experience (formerly as dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and then as provost and vice president for academic affairs at WVU) to the position of Chair. It was under his oversight as provost that the Forensic and Investigative Science program initially began.