Habitat Research

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

David A. (Dave) Buehler
Avian-habitat relationships

Charles Kwit
Assistant Professor
Climate change and conservation biology

Groups and Facilities

(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!

(1 mention)

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

(1 mention)

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



Five Things You Didn’t Know about the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 2/25/2016

Ames Plantation Featured in Quality Whitetails, 11/23/2015


(4 mentions)

Many bird species migrate to Tennessee from Canada, and take up residence on our wetlands. We are researching the importance of mudflats and how that habitat impacts shorebirds.

(2 mentions)

UT engineers create technology to map rivers 
A UT AgResearch professor has developed an underwater video system that, in combination with surface videos, gives a complete picture of the stream.

(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)

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)

River Cleanup 
Agriculture students worked to clean up the Tennessee River and some of its tributaries of plant growth and trash.

(1 mention)

Obed Watershed 
For every flowing river in Tennessee, there are many streams that feed it. A group of volunteers on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau work to preserve water quality in these tributaries.


Recent Publications

Habitats supporting mountain stewartia (Stewartia ovata) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and eastern Tennessee.  Granger, J. J., D. S. Buckley, and J. M. Zobel.  2018.  Oral presentation, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting; 5-10 August 2018; New Orleans, LA.

Kayak-based underwater videomapping system for watershed-scale wild trout habitat management.  Ayers, P. D.  2017.  Poster presented at the Wild Trout Symposium. West Yellowstone, WY..

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]

A Predictive Model for Brook Trout Restoration in the Cherokee National Forest.  Caylor G. Romines  2017.  M.S. Thesis. [Abstract]

Habitat and Population Assessments of the Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) Reintroduced to the Upper Tennessee River.  Daniel J. Walker  2017.  Ph.D. Dissertation. [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]

Improving grassland bird habitat with grazing management.  K. Brazil, and P. D. Keyser.  2017.  Progressive Forage Grower, (37,514), October 2017.

Geospatial Economics of the Woody Biomass Supply in Kansas – A Case Study Khaliukova, O., D. Paull, S. Lewis-Gonzales, N. André, L. E. Biles, T. M. Young, and J. H. Purdue.  2017.  BioResources, 12(1):960-980. [Abstract]

Survival and habitat selection of Golden-Winged Warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) during nesting and post-fledging periods at North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area, Tennessee.  Lehman, J. A.  2017.  M.S. Thesis.

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

Estimating Incentive Payments to Encourage the Adoption of Upland Bird Habitat Field Borders in Tennessee.  N. Bruce, C. Boyer, A. Smith, C. D. Clark, L. A. Duncan, and M. J. Buschermohle.  2017.  Southern Agricultural Economics Association annual meeting, Mobile, AL. February 4-7, 2017.

Habitat selection and activities of dabbling ducks during non-breeding periods Osborn, J. M., H. M. Hagy, M. D. McClanahan, J. B. Davis, and M. J. Gray.  2017.  Journal of Wildlife Management, 81:1482-1493.