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Mine Reclamation 
We get half our electricity from coal, but getting to coal underground sometimes means we have to cut down trees. UTIA researchers are working to bring new vegetation to former mining sites.

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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.


Recent Publications

Standard reclamation practice at post-mining chronosequences across the USA leads to fast recovery of C and N in soil organic matter fractions.  Angst, G., C. W. Mueller, M. Pivokonsky, J. A. Franklin, P. D. Stahl, and J. Frouz.  2017.  Environmental Management. [Abstract]

Establishment of planted trees and native vegetation on compacted mine tailings Franklin, J. A., and M. Aldrovandi.  2017.  Book of Abstracts of the VII World Conference on Ecological Restoration, SER 2017 Linking Science and Practice for a Better World, Poz do Iguassu, Aug. 27-Sep. 1, 2017.

Cotton Canopy NDVI: Reducing the Plant Population Effect Marisol, R. P., P. B. Allen, R. S. Freeland, and J. B. Wilkerson.  2017.  TRANSACTIONS of the ASABE, 60(2), 293-301. [Abstract]

Utilization of Spent Microbial Biomass as an Alternative Crop Nitrogen Source Sullivan, C. T., R. Mattingly Harman, N. S. Eash, J. Zahn, F. R. Walker, J. Goddard, A. M. Saxton, D. M. Lambert, D. McIntosh, R. S. Freeland, W. E. Hart, and J. E. Morrison.  2017.  Agronomy Journal, Agron. J. 109:18701879 (2017). [Abstract]

Tree Health in Tennessee and North Carolina Bioretention Practices.  Tirpak, A., J. M. Hathaway, J. A. Franklin, and A. Khojandi.  2017.  Ecological Engineering. [Abstract]

Investigating the adult ixodid tick populations and their associated Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and Rickettsia bacteria at a Rocky Mountain spotted fever hotspot in western Tennessee Trout Fryxell, R. T., B. M. Hendricks, K. Pompo, S. E. Mays, D. J. Paulsen, D. Operario, and A. E. Houston.  2017.  Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 17(8):527-538. [Abstract]

Vegetation response to canopy disturbance and season of burn during oak woodland and savanna restoration in Tennessee.  Vander Yacht, A. L., S. A. Barrioz, P. D. Keyser, C. A. Harper, D. S. Buckley, D. A. Buehler, and R. D. Applegate.  2017.  Forest Ecology and Management, 390:187-202.

Vegetation leachate during arctic thaw enhances soil microbial phosphorus.  Buckeridge, K., S. M. Schaeffer, and J. P. Schimel.  2016.  Ecosystems, 19(3):477-489.

Small scale spatio-temporal variabilities in soil N, leaf N, and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index of cotton.  Yin, X.  2016.  J. Geoscience and Environment Protection, 4:65-74.

Variables associated with nest survival of Golden-winged Warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) among vegetation communities commonly used for nesting Aldinger, K. R., T. M. Terhune, P. B. Wood, D. A. Buehler, et al.  2015.  Avian Conservation and Ecology, 10(1): 6.

Woody vegetation and soil characteristics of residential forest patches and open spaces along an urban-to-rural gradient Benjamin Reichert, S. R. Jean-Philippe, C. M. Oswalt, J. A. Franklin, and M. A. Radosevich.  2015.  Open Journal of Forestry, 5, 90-104.

Bat, insect prey, and vegetation response to prescribed fire and overstory thinning in hardwood forests of Tennessee.  Cox, M. R.  2015.  M.S. Thesis.