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Joe R. Sarten
Engineer II

Joel B. Lown
Coordinator III
Information Coordinator

Michael E. Essington
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy

Baohua Gu
Joint Professor
Environmental Biogeochemistry

James L. Bomar
Building Services Assistant I
Research Technician I

Dennis E. Deyton
Fruit crop improvement

Burton C. (Burt) English
Production Economics

Kimberly D. Gwinn
Associate Professor
Plant Pathology

David P. Harper
Associate Professor
Forest products

Graham J. Hickling
Associate Professor
Wildlife diseases affecting humans

Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes
Associate Professor
Insect physiology and molecular pathology

Lori D. Osburn
Greenhouse Manager
Greenhouse Manager

Robert B. (Bobby) Simpson
Research Center Director

Robert N. (Bob) Trigiano
Cell/tissue culture of ornamentals

Dennis R. West
Plant breeding

Timothy M. (Tim) Young
Process analytics

Joseph L. Donaldson
Assistant Professor
Program Planning and Evaluation

J. Mark (Mark) Fly
Environmental psychology; Wildland recreation

William M. (Bill) Park
Economics of natural resource and environ. policy

Thomas J. (Tom) Samples
Turfgrass science and management

Charles Neal (Neal) Stewart, Jr.
Transgenic plants, phytosensors

Scott D. Stewart

Renee M. Thomas
Admin Support Assistant II

Megan L. Leffew
Extension Specialist II
Marketing Specialist

Ginger Rowsey
Information Specialist I
Writer (AgResearch)

Madhu Dhar
Research Associate Professor

Xuemin Xu
Research Pathobiology

Mei-Zhen Cui
Research Pathobiology

Joseph W. (Joe) Bartges
Medicine and nutrition

David M. Butler
Associate Professor
Organic agriculture and agroecology

Maria Cekanova
Research Assistant Professor

Amy Fulcher
Associate Professor
Sustainable ornamental plants

Jennifer M. DeBruyn
Associate Professor
Environmental Microbiology

Jie (Joe) Zhuang
Fate and transport of envir. contaminant

Charles Kwit
Assistant Professor
Climate change and conservation biology

Hem Bhandari
Assistant Professor
Bioenergy/biomass Feedstock

Michael John De Veth
Assistant Professor
Bioactive compound influence on dairy cattle

Seth M. Dabney
Research Agronomist

Sean Michael Schaeffer
Assistant Professor

Heather Marie Kelly
Assistant Professor
Plant Pathologist

Tarek Hewezi
Assistant Professor
Plant Molecular Biology

Tiffany Lee Mullins Howard
Director of Advancement

Michele Sides
Director of Advancement

Katie Tolbert
Assistant Professor
Small animal gastroenterology

Stephen C. Chmely
Research Assistant Professor
Biomass conversion technologies

Scott Lenaghan
Assistant Professor

Deborah A. (Debbie) Hampstead
OSP Director

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

Charles Patrick (Pat) Collier
Nanofabrication Research

Susan Lynne (Sue) Hamilton
Director and Associate Professor

Robert M. (Bob) Hayes
Director and Professor
Weed Science

Neelam Chandra Poudyal
Associate Professor
Natural Resource Policy and Human Dimensions

Heather Sedges Wallace
Assistant Professor
Human Development State Specialist

Thomas V. (Tom) Dailey
Research Scientist I
Bobwhite conservation

Tyson Brant Raper
Assistant Professor
Cotton and small grain production

Avis A. Smith
Accounting Specialist I
Accounting and Travel

David Wheeler Hughes
Greever Chair of Agribusiness

Kody Hash
Research Specialist II
Research Specialist II

Thomas J. Sauer
Research Soil Scientist USDA-ARS

Sindhu Jagadamma
Assistant Professor
Soil Management

Jennie L. Ivey
Assistant Professor
Extension Equine Specialist

Elizabeth More (Liz) Lennon
Assistant Professor

Thomas (Tom) Denes
Assistant Professor
Molecular Microbiology and Bacteriophage

Bradley Tate (Tate) Walker
Research Supervisor I
Research Supervisor I

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

Sarah W. Keenan
Biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, paleobiology

Bode Adebowale Olukolu
Assistant Professor

Fred Douglas Tompkins
Interim Dean


UT Plateau AgResearch Center to hold November cattle sale, 11/21/2014

Politics and Research Behind Pollution, Climate Change, Disease and Amphibian Declines, 4/30/2014



UTIA AgResearch Continues To Advance Biofuels, Bioenergy and Biobased Products, 5/22/2018

UTIA Researcher Named Fulbright Scholar, 5/18/2018

Researchers Examine Feasibility of a Tennessee Certified Beef Program, 4/27/2018

Tompkins Named Interim Dean for AgResearch, 4/17/2018

UTIA/MTSU Partnership Establishes Organic Forage Cropping Systems, 3/8/2018

UT AgResearch administrator honored by research center peers, 2/2/2018

Using Chickens as a Model to Reduce Obesity in Children, 2/1/2018

2017 Director's Awards Recipients Announced, 1/18/2018

Faculty 360 | Tao Wu, 1/11/2018

Dicamba Briefing, 11/27/2017


Recent Publications

Comparison of Triangle and Tetrad Discrimination Methodology in an Applied Manner Burns, S., M. P. Penfield, A. M. Saxton, and C. R. Luckett.  2018.  Food Quality & Preference. [Abstract]

Bioactive natural products in plant disease control Gwinn, K. D.  2018.  Studies in Natural Product Chemistry, Studies in Natural Products Chemistry Vol. 56: Copyright: Elsevier 2018 Published: 1st February 2018 Elsevier Editors: Atta-ur-Rahman. [Abstract]

Crossmodal Correspondence between Wine Aroma and Visual Cues.  Heatherly, M., M. Foley, J. P. Munafo, and C. R. Luckett.  2018.  Chemical Senses, Volume 43, Issue 4, 23 April 2018, Pages e1e136. [Abstract]

Retronasal Habituation: Characterization and Impact on Flavor Perception using Time-Intensity.  Pellegrino, R., A. Atchley, S. Ali, J. Shingleton, and C. R. Luckett.  2018.  Chemical Senses, Volume 43, Issue 4, 23 April 2018, Pages e1e136. [Abstract]

Breeding for improved oil quality in high yielding soybean lines using molecular markers for selecting fAD3A and FAD3C mutant alleles.  A. Willette, H. Bhandari, C. E. Sams, F. Chen, V. R. Sykes, C. Smallwood, and V. R. Pantalone.  2017.  World Soybean Research Conference 10, Poster completed and displayed in Plant Biotechnology Bldg. Conference cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. [Abstract]

Effect of weathering on biodegradability of biodegradable mulch film Anunciado, M., L. C. Wadsworth, D. B. Cowan-Banker, and D. G. Hayes.  2017.  BioEnvironmental Polymer Society 24th Annual Meeting, Albany, CA, 20-22 September 2017 (poster). [Abstract]

Protein, Methionine and Cysteine Upregulation in Phaseolus vulgaris Black Turtle Bean Seeds through Sulfur Fertilization at V2 and R2 Stages of Growth.  Barry, H. P.  2017.  M.S. Thesis. [Abstract]

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]

TCD research in Tennessee: Geosmithia morbida virulence, alternative vectors, and associated Geosmithia species.  Chahal, K., R. Gazis, E. Oren, D. Hadziabdic, W. E. Klingeman, P. L. Lambdin, J. F. Grant, and M. T. Windham.  2017.  Thousand Cankers Disease Research and Management Operational Meeting., Lafayette, IN, 13-15 June 2017. online (YouTube video).

Eriophyid Mite Populations found on Different Rosa Species Collins, S. B., Q. Cheng, B. England, K. Solo, F. A. Hale, A. S. Windham, D. Byrne, N. Anderson, and M. T. Windham.  2017.  VII International Symposium on Rose Research and Cultivation, Session 7, Poster 9, Angers, France, July 2-7. [Abstract]

Anticancer properties of rsin isolated from Sciadopitys verticillata.  D. I. Yates, H. A. Miller, III, J. S. Foster, T. A. Ford, and K. D. Gwinn.  2017.  Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Cancer Research Symposium., Knoxville, TN. (February 23, 2017). [Abstract]