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
Interim Head
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 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



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

Faculty 360 | Sindhu Jagadamma, 9/22/2016


(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

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]

Wildlife Response to Oak Ecosystem Restoration. Extended abstract in: Proceedings of Oak Symposium: Sustaining Oak Forests in the 21st Century through Science-based Management, USDA-FS General Technical Report.  Keyser, P. D., D. A. Buehler, C. A. Harper, and C. Kwit.  2018.  USDA-FS General Technical Report. [Abstract]

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]

Investigating amphibian and reptile mortalities: a practical guide for wildlife professionals Duffus, A. L. J., H. M. A. Fenton, M. J. Gray, and D. L. Miller.  2017.  Herpetological Review, 48:550-557.

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.

Toxoplasma gondii seroprevalence and genotype diversity in select wildlife species from the southeastern United States Gerhold, R. W., P. Saraf, A. E. Chapman, X. Zoe, G. J. Hickling, W. Stiver, A. E. Houston, M. J. Souza, and C. Su.  2017.  Parasites and Vectors, 10:508.

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]

Using decision analysis to support proactive management of emerging infectious wildlife diseases Grant, E. H., E. Muths, R. A. Katz, S. Canessa, M. J. Adams, J. R. Ballard, L. Berger, C. J. Briggs, J. T. H. Coleman, M. J. Gray, M. Camille Harris, and R. N. Harris.  2017.  Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 15:214-221.

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.