Tree Research

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David S Buckley
Forest ecology and silviculture

Jennifer Anne Franklin
Associate Professor
Tree physiology

Susan Lynne (Sue) Hamilton
Director and Associate Professor

David P. Harper
Associate Professor
Forest products

David W. Lockwood
Tree fruits and nuts

David Chester Mercker
Extension Specialist II
Extension forestry


Cotton Focus Held at DoubleTree Hotel, 2/12/2015



White Oak on the UTIA Indian Mound Listed as an Historic Tree, 10/15/2018

UTIA Research Presence Expands in Belize, 7/5/2018

AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2017 UTIA Luncheon, 11/8/2017

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

5 Things You Should Know about the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 8/9/2017

Faculty 360 | Avat Shekoofa, 4/10/2017

Fire at the Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, 1/11/2017

Taking a Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy, 11/7/2016

Seeing the Forest Through the Trees, 11/3/2016

Promotion and Tenure 2016, 9/29/2016


(1 mention)

Beetle Tents 
Hemlock trees in the Smoky Mountains are threatened by a tiny, deadly pest. Researchers with UT AgResearch are using a predatory beetle to feast on these harmful insects.

(1 mention)

Forestry Audit 
Tennessee's forests grow some of the best timber in the country. UT Extension researchers say when landowners properly manage their forests, there's a real environmental and economic benefit.

(1 mention)

Forest Research 
UT's Institute of Agriculture has research projects statewide to help landowners better manage their timber.


Recent Publications

Evolution of olfactory functions on the fire ant social chromosome A. Cohanim, E. Amsalem, R. Saad, D. D. Shoemaker, and E. Privman.  2018.  Genome Biology and Evolution, 10: 2947-2960. [Abstract]

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]

The Influence Herbaceous Vegetation on Ectomycorrhizal Root Colonization and Nutrient Uptake.  Bauman, J., and J. A. Franklin.  2018.  Proceedings of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation, St. Louis, MO, June 3-7, 2018. [Abstract]

Molecular Phylogenetics and Piercer Evolution in the Bug-Killing Flies (Diptera: Tachinidae: Phasiinae) Blaschke, J. D., J. O. Stireman, P. Cerretti, J. E. O'Hara, and J. K. Moulton.  2018.  Systematic Entomology, 43, 218–238. [Abstract]

Behavioral responses of Pityophthorus juglandis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) to volatiles of black walnut and Geosmithia morbida, the causal agent of thousand cankers disease Blood, B, W. E. Klingeman, M. Paschen, D. Hadziabdic Guerry, J. Couture, and M. Ginzel.  2018.  Environmental Entomology, 47(2): 412-421. [Abstract]

Updates to the Hardwood Genomics Project, a Website and Database for Tree Genetic and Genomic Data.  Chen, M., B. Condon, A. Almsaeed, J. Yu, J. Wegrzyn, D. Main, S. Ficklin, and M. E. Staton.  2018.  Plant and Animal Genome Conference.

TreeSnap: A citizen science project and mobile app to tag trees for science.  Condon, B., A. Almsaeed, E. Crocker, A. Abbott, C. Nelson, and M. E. Staton.  2018.  The 6th International Workshop on the Genetics of Tree-Parasite Interactions.

Hickory and Oak Growth Over 10 Years in Response to Initial Fertilization.  Franklin, J. A., and D. S. Buckley.  2018.  Proceedings of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation, St. Louis, MO, June 3-7, 2018. [Abstract]

Characterizing spray penetration of a novel sprayer into Malus domestica ‘Golden Delicious’ apple trees at a commercial orchard.  Fulcher, A., D. W. Lockwood, W. C. Wright, H. Zhu, M. Burnett, L. Smith, J. McHugh, and G. M. Pietsch.  2018.  HortScience, 53S: in press.

Commercial insect and mite control for trees, shrubs and flowers.  Hale, F. A.  2018.  Revisions of PB 1589 and PB 1690, UT Extension.

Do environmental factors influence spatiotemporal autumn migration patterns of tree swallows?.  Kwit, C., M. Papes, and C. M. Walker.  2018.  Ecological Society of America meeting, New Orleans, LA , August 5-10 (oral presentation)..

Systematics of the meniscus midges (Diptera: Dixidae) – molecular phylogenetics of world taxa and highlights from revisionary studies of Nearctic Dixa Meigen.  Moulton, J. K.  2018.  Proceedings: The 9th International Congress of Dipterology, Orlando, FL, September 25-30, November 25–30, Windhoek, Namibia. [Abstract]