Early LIfe, EducAtion, and work
Dr. Charles Randklev lives in Keller. He wasn't born in Texas, actually Idaho, but he got here as fast as he could. His father worked for a medical supply company and his mother was a homemaker. They moved around when he was young before settling in the DFW area.
Dr. Randklev graduated from Carroll High School in 1995 and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served 6 years and was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6). Dr. Randklev was stationed in South Korea, Fort Hood, and deployed to Bosnia. He was inducted into the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, which comprises about 2% of the noncommissioned officers in the Army, and was a recipient of several awards and accommodations.
Dr. Randklev earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2005 and his PhD from the University of North Texas in 2011. He was able to do both using the G.I. Bill and Hazlewood Act. After graduating, Dr. Randklev was hired by Texas A&M University to lead a research lab - http://www.tamumussels.com
The Randklev lab focuses on wildlife conservation using freshwater fish and mussels. He has worked extensively with endangered mussel species and has discovered several new species. Dr. Randklev regularly collaborates with state and federal agencies and NGOs. He currently mentors graduate students (PhD and MS) and has authored or co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and secured state and federal funding. Dr. Randklev is a member of the Biology & Environmental Sciences Department (BEST) Advisory Board at Texas A&M University, Commerce. He is a member of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Freshwater Fisheries Advisory Committee, Austin. He has also served as a member/reviewer of several state and federal recovery plans for endangered species.
The Randklev Family
Dr. Randklev is a KISD parent. He met his wife, Jennifer, in high school. They married in 2002 and have three beautiful children - Ellie (8), Lula (7), and Teddy (4). Both Ellie and Lula attend a KISD school - Florence Elementary. The family loves spending time outside camping and fishing. Recently, he has been attempting to teach his daughters how to clean the fish they catch.
Jennifer Randklev is a small business owner of Penguin Patch Holiday Shop, which helps schools raise money to support educational enrichment programs. She has partnered with Keller High School’s special education department for over 10 years, providing on-the-job training to prepare those students for their transition to adulthood.