Wildlife Research

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

Mike Black
Research Leader I
Shortleaf pine

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

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

Christopher Austin (Chris) Graves
Wildlife biology

Matthew J. (Matt) Gray
Amphibians and ranaviruses

Daniel M (Dan) Grove
Assistant Professor

Craig A. Harper
Wildlife management

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

Debra Lee Miller
Veterinary pathology

Lisa I. Muller
Associate Professor
Wildlife Management

Neelam Chandra Poudyal
Associate Professor
Natural Resource Policy and Human Dimensions

Emma V. Willcox
Assistant Professor
Wildlife management

Joseph D. (Joe) Clark
Associate Professor
Wildlife biology

Groups and Facilities

(10 mentions)

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

(2 mentions)

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

(2 mentions)

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

(1 mention)

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

(1 mention)

Cherokee Wetlands 
Wetland and engineering research, teaching and outreach opportunities for UT students, staff and faculty!


Woods and Wildlife, 10/16/2019

Woods and Wildlife Field Day, 10/16/2015

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

Woods and Wildlife Field Day, 10/15/2014



Commendations Corner - July 2019, 7/9/2019

UT Dept of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Welcomes New Extension Faculty, 10/5/2018

UTIA Research Presence Expands in Belize, 7/5/2018

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


(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 whatís 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

Initiating surveillance for the pathogenic fungus, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, in highland Costa Rican salamander populations.  Adams, H., S. M. Hernandez, M. Yabsley, M. J. Gray, and S. Connelly.  2019.  Wildlife Disease Association Annual International Conference, Tahoe City, CA. [Abstract]

Broad host range of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans equates to high invasion probability in North America.  Gray, M. J., E. D. Carter, J. P. W. Cusaac, A. C. Peterson, L. Rollins- Smith, L. Reinert, M. Bohanon, B. A. Bajo, K. Ash, D. A. Malagon, B. Augustino, R. Kumar, L. Williams, A. Upchurch, P. Nanjappa, R. N. Harris, and D. L. Miller.  2019.  American Fisheries Society & The Wildlife Society 2019 Joint Annual Conference, Reno, NV. [Abstract]

Suspended pavement systems as opportunities for subsurface bioretention Tirpak, R. A., J. M. Hathaway, J. A. Franklin, and E. Kuehler.  2019.  Ecological Engineering, 134: 39-46. [Abstract]

Using groundcover to Outcompete Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea ) without outcompeting tree seedlings on a legacy mine site.  Aldrovandi, M., and J. A. Franklin.  2018.  Proceedings of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation, St. Louis, MO, June 3-7, 2018. [Abstract]

Renovating native warm-season grass stands for wildlife: A land managerís guide.  Brooke, J.M., and C. A. Harper.  2018.  UT Extension, PB 1856.

4-H wildlife habitat education program: A qualitative study in career exploration.  Cowan, R, C. A. Stephens, C. T. Stripling, C. A. Harper, B. Jarrell, and S. Brawner.  2018.  Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research, 68,1-12.

4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program: A qualitative study in career exploration Cowan, R. L., C. A. Stephens, C. T. Stripling, C. A. Harper, S. Brawner, and B. Jarell.  2018.  Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research, Vol 68.

Survey of Baylisascaris spp. in eastern Tennessee wildlife and detection of Baylisascaris spp. eggs in Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) feces Gerhold, R. W., K. Kurth, A. Claiborne, A. E. Chapman, and G. J. Hickling.  2018.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 54: 874-876.

Wildlife Attitudes of Farmers in the Vaca Forest Reserve, Belize.  H. G. Shapiro, A. S. Willcox, and A. S. Kaeser.  2018.  The Wildlife Society 25th Annual Conference, Cleveland, Ohio.

Wildlife Habitat Education Program project manual, Fourth edition.  Harper, C. A.  2018.  UTIA publication, PB 1827.

Managing wildlife around your home.  Harper, C. A., N. R. Bumgarner, J. C. Reese, and B. Dunlap.  2018.  UT Extension, PB 1868.

Prescribed fire effects on wildlife in eastern oak ecosystems.  Harper, C. A., W. M. Ford, M. A. Lashley, C. E. Moorman, and M. C. Stambaugh.  2018.  Proceedings of Oak Symposium: Sustaining oak forests in the 21st Century through science-based man.