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 Didnít 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.

(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)

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 Tennesseeís Cumberland Plateau work to preserve water quality in these tributaries.


Recent Publications

Multifunctional perennial production systems for bioenergy: performance and progress Englund, O., I. Dimiriou, V.H, Dale, K. L. Kline, B. Mola-Yudego, F. Murphy, B. C. English, J. McGrath, G. Busch, M. C. Negri, M. Brown, G. Devlin, K. Goss, S. Jackson, k. McDonnell, E.S. Parish, and H. Ssegane, J. Quinn, and J. Cacho.  2020.  WIRES Energy and the Environment, WIREs Energy Environ. 2020;e375. [Abstract]

The effect of habitat fragmentation on genetic diversity and differentiation: Fine-scale population structure of Cercis canadensis (eastern redbud).  M. A. Ony, M. Nowicki, S. Boggess, W. E. Klingeman, J. M. Zobel, R. N. Trigiano, and D. Hadziabdic Guerry.  2020.  Ecology and Evolution.

Host density and habitat structure influence host contact rates and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans transmission Malagon, D. A, L. A. Melara, O. F. Proper, S. Lenhart, E. D. Carter, J. A. Fordyce, A. C. Peterson, D. L. Miller, and M. J. Gray.  2020.  Scientific Reports. [Abstract]

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]

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]

Biodiversity Survey and DNA Barcoding of the Phasiinae (Diptera: Tachinidae) of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA Blaschke, J. D., J. E. O'Hara, and J. K. Moulton.  2019.  Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 121: 1Ė15. [Abstract]

Assessing alternative candidate subcortical insect vectors from walnut crowns in habitats quarantined for thousand cankers disease Chahal, K., R. Gazis., W. E. Klingeman, D. Hadziabdic Guerry, P. L. Lambdin, J. F. Grant, and M. T. Windham.  2019.  Environmental Entomology, 48(4): 882-893.

Managing early successional plant communities to enhance white-tailed deer habitat: A comparison of planting and natural revegetation methods.  GeFellers, J.W., C. A. Harper, D. A. Buehler, and C. E. Moorman.  2019.  Proceedings Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting.

Host density and habitat structure influence contact rates and transmission of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans.  Gray, M. J., D. A. Malagon, L. A. Melara, O. F. Prosper, S. Lenhart, J. A. Fordyce, E. D. Carter, A. C. Peterson, and D. L. Miller.  2019.  Joint Meeting of the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society, Reno, NV. September, 2019. [Abstract]

Wildlife Habitat Education Program project manual, Fourth edition.  Harper, C. A.  2019.  UTIA publication, PB 1827.

Role of Density and Habitat Structure on Eastern Newt Contact Rates and Pathogen Transmission.  Malagon, D. A., E. D. Carter, L. A. Melara, O. F. Prosper, S. Lenhart, D. L. Miller, and M. J. Gray.  2019.  Zoological Society of London Symposium, London, England. April, 2019. [Abstract]

Host density and habitat structure influence contact rates and transmission of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans.  Malagon, D. A., L. A. Melara, O. F. Prosper, S. Lenhart, E. D. Carter, D. L. Miller, and M. J. Gray.  2019.  Ecological Society of America Annual Conference, Louisville, Kentucky. [Abstract]