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, 12/2/2019

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]

Review of Antibiotic Resistance, Ecology, and Dissemination Associated with U.S. Broiler Poultry Systems Ashworth, A. J., Y. Yang, K. Cook, C. Willett, A. Upadhyay, P. Owens, S. C. Ricke, J. M. DeBruyn, and P. A. Moore.  2019.  Frontiers in Microbiology, 10:2639.

Beyond the Black Box: Promoting mathematical collaborations for elucidating interactions in soil ecology Bennett, A., K. Preedy, A. Golubski, J. Umbanhowar, S. R. Borrett, L. Byrne, K. Apostol, J. D. Bever, L. Biederman, A. T. Classen, M. de Graff, K. A. Garrett, L. Gross, A. Hastings, J. D. Hoeksema, V. Hrynkiv, J. Darst, M. Kummel, C. T. Lee, J. D. Bever, C. Liang, W. Liao, K. Mack, L. Miller, B. H. Ownley, C. Rojas, E. L. Simms, V. K. Walsh, M. Warren, and J. Zhu.  2019.  Ecosphere, 10(7): e02799.

A terpene synthase-cytochrome P450 cluster in Dictyostelium discoideum produces a novel trisnorsesquiterpene Chen, X., K. Luck, P. Rabe, C. Q. Dinhd, G. Shaulsky, D. R. Nelson, J. Gershenzon, J. S. Dickschat, T. G. Köllner, and F. Chen.  2019.  elife, 8:e44352. [Abstract]

Spatial ecology, resource selection, and survival of eastern box turtles in fire-maintained systems in east Tennessee.  Harris, k. A.  2019.  M.S. Thesis.

Spatial ecology, resource selection, and survival of eastern box turtles in fire-maintained systems in east Tennessee.  Harris, K. A.  2019.  M.S. Thesis.

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.

The Ecology of Soil Viruses: Abundances Distribution, Diversity, and Impact on Microbial Community Structure.  Liang, X.  2019.  Ph.D. Dissertation.

Exploring the Relationship between Agricultural Management Practices and Viral Ecology.  Wagner, R., M. A. Radosevich, S. M. Schaeffer, X. Liang, N. Duan, and A. Fine.  2019.  ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meetings, San Antonio, TX.

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.