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Graham J. Hickling
Associate Professor
Wildlife diseases affecting humans

Allan E. Houston
Research Professor
Forest and wildlife biology

Lisa I. Muller
Associate Professor
Wildlife Management

J. Mark (Mark) Fly
Environmental psychology; Wildland recreation

Craig A. Harper
Wildlife management

Joseph D. (Joe) Clark
Associate Professor
Wildlife biology

Debra Lee Miller
Veterinary pathology

Emma V. Willcox
Assistant Professor
Wildlife management

Neelam Chandra Poudyal
Associate Professor
Natural Resource Policy and Human Dimensions

Christopher Austin (Chris) Graves
Wildlife biology

Groups and Facilities

10 mentions

Wildlife Health 
Emerging infectious diseases, including those that travel from animals to humans.

2 mentions

Center for Native Grasslands Management 
Research includes forage production, biofuels production, restoration of native grassland communities, and wildlife conservation.

2 mentions

Avian Ecology & Conservation 
Factors that limit populations, especially for avian species in decline.

1 mention

Hardwood Genomics Project 
Creating genomic resources for the most important hardwood species in North America.

1 mention

Cherokee Wetlands 
​Increasing wetland and engineering research, teaching and outreach opportunities for UT students, staff and faculty!


Woods and Wildlife Field Day, 10/16/2015

Cows, Fire, Biofuel and Wildlife, 3/11/2015

Woods and Wildlife Field Day, 10/15/2014

Disease Discovery, Diagnosis & Impact on Wildlife Populations, 6/3/2014

Emerging Wildlife Diseases & Human Dimension of Nat Res Mgmt, 6/2/2014



Center for Wildlife Health Seed Grant Program FY2014, 9/24/2013

UT Wildlife Research Team Earns International Award, 9/9/2013

Wildlife Experts Fight to Save Bats from Deadly Fungus, 1/7/2013

Retired UT Wildlife Professor Receives Prestigious Honor, 11/6/2012


2 mentions

Ranavirus Amphibians 
A killer virus is attacking amphibians native to the Smoky Mountains. Our researcher's are studying the impact of the virus, and looking to help the species most vulnerable.

1 mention

Billy Minser Talks Fire Ecology Class 
Billy Minser talks about his fire ecology and management class while supervising his students at a controlled burn of an oak savannah in the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area

1 mention

Shackelford Orchard 
Majestic oaks stand proudly next to towering pines. Stunning beauty in a peaceful setting - but what’s going on in this still forest is a decades-long research project.

1 mention

Pond Management 
UT Extension helps landowners build and maintain ponds as a source of water, and as habitat for fish, water fowl, and other animals.

1 mention

River Cleanup 
Agriculture students worked to clean up the Tennessee River and some of its tributaries of plant growth and trash.

1 mention

Urban Forestry 
Urban forestry is a concept embraced by many Tennessee cities, and now UT students are working to bring shade and beauty to some areas.

1 mention

Mine Reclamation 
We get half our electricity from coal, but getting to coal underground sometimes means we have to cut down trees. UTIA researchers are working to bring new vegetation to former mining sites.


Recent Publications

Informed stakeholder support for managing invasive Hydrilla verticillata linked to wildlife deaths in a southeastern reservoir Fouts, K. L., N. C. Poudyal, R. Moore, J. Herrin, and S. B. Wilde.  2018.  Lake and Reservoir Management.

Chapter 6: Tree-Compatible Ground Covers for Reforestation and Erosion Control Burger, J., V. Davis, J. A. Franklin, C. Zipper, J. Skousen, C. Barton, and P. Angel.  2017.  The Forestry Reclamation Approach: Guide to Successful Reforestation of Mined Lands, M. B. Adams, Editor.

Chapter 9: Planting Hardwood Tree Seedlings on Reclaimed Mine Land in the Appalachian Region Davis, V., J. A. Franklin, C. Zipper, and P. Angel.  2017.  The Forestry Reclamation Approach: Guide to Successful Reforestation of Mined Lands, M. B. Adams, Editor.

Factors influencing northern bobwhite hunter success on a public wildlife management area in Kentucky.  Brooke, J. M., J. J. Morgan, D. L. Baxley, C. A. Harper, and P. D. Keyser.  2016.  Quail VIII proceedings.

A guide to wildlife food plots and early successional plants.  Harper, C. A.  2016.  UTIA.

The Tennessee 4-H Wildlife Judging program: Teaching youth how to manage wildlife for more than 35 years.  Harper, C. A., and A. Deck.  2016.  Tennessee Wildlife.

Fire effects on wildlife in the Central Hardwoods and Appalachian regions.  Harper, C. A., W. M. Ford, M. A. Lashley, C. E. Moorman, and M. C. Stambaugh.  2016.  Fire Ecology.

Multi-scale assessment of wildlife sustainability in switchgrass biofuel feedstock production.  Lituma, C., P. D. Keyser, C. Kwit, J. D. Clark, and E. Holcomb.  2016.  International Association for Landscape Ecology Bioenergy Conference, Asheville, NC, April 3-7, 2016 (10 present) INTERNATIONAL.

Characterization of a novel canine distemper virus causing disease in wildlife.  Pope, JP, D. L. Miller, M. C. Riley, E. Anis, and B. Wilkes.  2016.  Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation.

Wildlife and domestic animals both contribute to the ecology and epidemiology of Lyme disease in the upper Midwest.  Porter, M., G. J. Hickling, and J. Tsao.  2016.  76th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Grand Rapids MI. January 2016.

Restoration of shortleaf pine-oak savanna at Catoosa Wildlife Management Area on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee.  Vanderyacht, A., and P. D. Keyser.  2016.  Mid-South Prairie Symposium, Clarksville, TN, May 25-26, 2016 (150 present).

Environmental technologies of woody crop production systems Zalesny Jr., R. S., J. A. Stanturf, E. S. Gardiner, G. S. Bañuelos, R. A. Hallett, A. Hass, C. M. Stange, J. H. Perdue, T. M. Young, D. R. Coyle, and W. L. Headlee.  2016.  BioEnergy Research, 9(2):492-506.