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Matthew J. (Matt) Gray
Amphibians and ranaviruses

David P. Harper
Associate Professor
Forest products

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

John Brian (Brian) Alford
Assistant Professor
Fishery conservation and management

Neelam Chandra Poudyal
Associate Professor
Natural Resource Policy and Human Dimensions

Christopher Austin (Chris) Graves
Wildlife biology

Thomas V. (Tom) Dailey
Research Scientist I
Bobwhite conservation

Mike Black
Research Leader I
Shortleaf pine

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



2017 Director's Awards Recipients Announced, 1/18/2018

New Ventures | Rapid Diagnostic Test Reduces Testing Time and Increases Accuracy, 11/22/2017

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

Dr. Bree Dell to Speak on Bushmeat in Uganda, 9/19/2017

Fire at the Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, 1/11/2017

2016 AgResearch Faculty Awards, 10/6/2016

Promotion and Tenure 2016, 9/29/2016

Faculty 360 | Sindhu Jagadamma, 9/22/2016

Fall 2016 Upcoming Events, 9/17/2016

Dr. Neelam Poudyal to Speak on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, 9/14/2016


(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

Renovating native warm-season grass stands for wildlife: A land manager's guide.  Brooke, J. M., and C. A. Harper.  2017.  Purdue Extension and UT Extension.

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. [Abstract]

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. [Abstract]

Roost selection by bats in buildings of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, southeastern United States. Journal of Wildlife Management.  Fagan, K. E., E. V. Willcox, R. F. Bernard, and W. M. Stiver.  2017.  Journal of Wildlife Management.

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.  2017.  Lake and Reservoir Management, 33 (3): 260-269.

Flies as Possible Vectors for Transfer of Shiga-toxigenic and Salmonella Gorman, S., V. Nettles, D. Paulsen, R. T. Trout Fryxell, A. L. Wszelaki, J. R. Buchanan, and F. Critzer.  2017.  Internation Assocation for Food Protection Annual Conference, Flies as Possible Vectors for Transfer of Shiga-toxigenic. P1-42. International Association for Food Protection, 2017 Annual Conference, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL, July 9-12, 2017. [Abstract]

Managing early successional plant communities for wildlife in the eastern US.  Harper, C. A.  2017.  University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, ISBN 978-0-692-90231-8.

A quick guide for landowners managing old-fields for wildlife.  Harper, C. A.  2017.  UT Extension, PB 1855.

Prescribed fire effects on wildlife in eastern oak ecosystems.  Harper, C. A.  2017.  Oak Symposium: Sustaning Oak Forests in the 21st Century, Knoxville, TN.

Wildlife around the residence, Chapter 16 in Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Handbook.  Harper, C. A., J. L. Byford, and J. C. Reese.  2017.  UT Extension, PB 1845-P.

Managing wildlife around your home.  Harper, C. A., N. R. Bumgarner, and J. C. Reese.  2017.  UT Extension.

Acoustic monitoring of wildlife in inaccessible areas and automatic detection of bird songs from continuous recordings.  Hockman, E. V., and D. A. Buehler.  2017.  Ph.D. disseration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.