Ecology Research

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

David S Buckley
Forest ecology and silviculture

David M. Butler
Associate Professor
Organic agriculture and agroecology

Jennifer M. DeBruyn
Associate Professor
Environmental Microbiology

Matthew J. (Matt) Gray
Amphibians and ranaviruses

Graham J. Hickling
Associate Professor
Wildlife diseases affecting humans

Sindhu Jagadamma
Assistant Professor
Soil Management

Mark A. Radosevich
Soil microbiology & biochemistry

Sean Michael Schaeffer
Associate Professor

Raymond C. Albright
Assistant Professor
Forest ecology

Kathleen E. Franzreb
Associate Professor
Upland hardwood ecology and management

Groups and Facilities

(2 mentions)

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

(1 mention)

Tree Physiology 
Physical environment impact on the growth and function of native tree species.

(1 mention)

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



Faculty 360 | Laura Russo, 10/29/2019

Researchers Use Genomics and Citizen Science to Determine Migration History of Invasive Butterfly, 9/11/2019

Partnership between UT Institute of Agriculture and National University of Ireland Galway addresses Common Concerns Plaguing both Countries, 8/23/2019

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

Internationalizing UTIA Efforts Through the China Scholars Program, 4/3/2017

Promotion and Tenure 2016, 9/29/2016


(2 mentions)

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)

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.


Recent Publications

Estimating contact rates of Eastern newts (Notophthalmus viridescens) at differing temperatures, densities and habitat structure.  Peterson, A. C., M. Bohanon, E. D. Carter, B. A. Bajo, P. Watcharaanantapong, D. L. Miller, J. G. Surles, and M. J. Gray.  2020.  9th World Congress of Herpetology, Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Abstract]

Nesting and brooding ecology of Eastern Wild Turkey in South-Central Tennessee.  Johnson, V. M., D. A. Buehler, and C. A. Harper.  2019.  M. S. thesis, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Assessing survival and spatial ecology of American black bears released from the Appalachian Bear Rescue.  Blair, C. D., J. D. Clark, and L. I. Muller.  2018.  5th International Human-Bear Conflicts Workshop, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 25-29 March 2018.

The Sphagnome Project: enabling ecological and evolutionary insights through a genus‐level sequencing project D. Weston, P. Ranjan, et al.  2018.  New phytologist. [Abstract]

Northern bobwhite breeding season ecology and resource selection on a managed reclaimed surface mine in Kentucky.  Brooke, J. M., E. P. Tanner, D. C. Peters, C. A. Harper, P. D. Keyser, J. D. Clark, and J. J. Morgan.  2017.  Journal of Wildlife Management, 81:73-85.

The Sphagnome Project: enabling ecological and evolutionary insights through a genus‐level sequencing project D. Weston, P. Ranjan, et al.  2017.  New physiologist. [Abstract]

Bats roosting in buildings in Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Ecology, human dimensions, and management implications.  Fagan, K. E.  2017.  M.S. Thesis.

Avian Ecology During Oak Savanna and Woodland Restoration in the Mid-South.  Henderson, C.A.  2017.  M.S. Thesis, University of Tennessee, December, 2017, 124 pp.

Gypsy Moth in the Southeastern United States: Biology, Ecology, and Forest Management Strategies Kauffman, B.W., W. K. Clatterbuck, A. M. Liebhold, and D. R. Coyle.  2017.  Southern Regional Extension Forestry, SREF-FH-008.

Ecology and regulation of beta-lactamase genes.  Lin, J., and X. Zeng.  2017.  ASM Conference on Innovative Microbial Ecology for Mitigation of Antibiotic Resistance and Bacterial.

Aspects of the Physiological and Behavioral Defense Adaptations of the Mountain Madtom (Noturus eleutherus).  Meredith H. Harris  2017.  M.S. Thesis. [Abstract]

Suitability of Biodegradable Plastic Mulches for Organic and Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems Miles, Carol, L. DeVetter, S. Ghimire, and D. G. Hayes.  2017.  HortScience, 52(1):16. doi: 10.21273/HORTSCI11249-16. [Abstract]