Faculty & Staff

Faculty

 

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S Ballal, Professor
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(931) 372-3134
Pennebaker (PENN) 405

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David Beck, Asst Prof Biology (Microbiologist)
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(931) 372-3375
Pennebaker (PENN) 415

Courses Taught: Health Science Microbiology, Immunology, Medical Microbiology, Bacterial Pathogenesis, Microbial Physiology

Research: Small Colony Variant Staphylococcus aureus and Disease Prevention (Infection Control)

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Sharon Berk, Professor
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(931) 372-3451
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 435

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Phillip Bettoli, Research Scientist, USGS, and Professor of Biology
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(931) 372-3086
Pennebaker (PENN) 305 Webpage

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Christopher Brown, Associate Professor
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(931) 372-6258
Pennebaker (PENN) 317 Webpage
Resume/CV

During the fall semester, I usually teach General Ecology and General Zoology. During the spring semester, I teach Introduction to Biology II and alternate between Animal Behavior (in even-numbered years) and Entomology (in odd-numbered years). I also teach a graduate course in Population and Community Ecology as needed, and have done Introduction to Biological Methods on a rotating basis with other professors in the Biology Department.

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Brian Carver, Assistant Professor of Biology
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(931) 372-3127
Pennebaker (PENN) 307 Webpage

I am a mammalogist and vertebrate community ecologist.  I teach nonmajors biology courses and courses for biology majors at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  In addition to teaching, I am active in research and serve as major professor to graduate students as well as on committees for other graduate students. 

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Daniel Combs, Professor
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(931) 372-6541
Pennebaker (PENN) 313

I am a wildlife biologist, specializing in waterfowl ecology.  I teach Dendrology, Herpetology, Ornithology, Waterfowl Ecology, and Behavioral Ecology.  I co-teach Wildlife Techniques during summer with Dr. Hayslette.  My primary research interests involve movement patterns, interflock associations, and social biology of Canada geese.  I also have a keen interest in reptiles and amphibians, having advised a few graduate students with herpetological research projects and serving as the faculty curator of our herp collection. 

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Steven Cook, Professor and Interim Chair
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(931) 372-3194
Pennebaker (PENN) 207A

Expertise in ecology of freshwater invertebrates; fish parasitology; feeding ecology and bioenergetics of freshwater fishes; biotic indices

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John Gunderson, Associate Professor
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(931) 372-3250
Pennebaker (PENN) 319

 Expertise in microbial ecology and evolution, protozoology, molecular genetics

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Steven Hayslette, Professor
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(931) 372-3146
Pennebaker (PENN) 301

 

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Carla Hurt, Assistant Professor
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(931) 372-3143
Pennebaker (PENN) 412

 

For my research I am interested in processes of speciation and diversification in marine invertebrates and the implications that these processes have on conservation of biodiversity. Specific aims of this research include: 1) identifying taxonomic lineages and cryptic diversity, 2) reconstructing the phylogenetic history and geographic context of species radiations, 3) examining the ecological and developmental factors that promote and sustain species reef diversity and 4) assessing the geographic structure of genetic variation within and among coral reef habitats.  To address these questions, we employ a wide diversity of molecular tools including DNA sequencing and genotyping as well as next-generation tools such as transcriptome sequencing and reduced genome sequencing.

 

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Shawn Krosnick, Assistant Professor of Biology
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(931) 372-6194
Pennebaker (PENN) 419 Webpage
Resume/CV

My research focuses on plant systematics (evolutionary relationships and taxonomy), specifically within the passion flowers (Passiflora). I am interested in tracing changes in plant development, morphology, and anatomy within an evolutionary context. I am especially interested in how molecular changes in gene expression lead to novel phenotypes.

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Hayden Mattingly, Professor
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(931) 372-6410

Expertise in freshwater fish and crayfish life history and ecology; conservation biology; endangered species management

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Justin Murdock, Assistant Professor
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(931) 372-3147
Pennebaker (PENN) 108 Webpage

I am a stream ecologist with a focus on algal ecology, nutrient cycling, and how stream communities respond to disturbances such as flood and drying.

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Richard Pirkle, Instructor of Biology
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(931) 372-3129
Pennebaker (PENN) 214

Instructor for BIOL 2010 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I) and BIOL 2350 (Introductory Anatomy and Physiology).

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Joseph Redding, Professor
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(931) 372-3135
Pennebaker (PENN) 321

Expertise in comparative physiology, endocrinology, and impacts of environmental stress

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Thomas Roberts, Professor
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(931) 372-3138
Pennebaker (PENN) 309

Expertise in animal ecology; wetland ecology; habitat evaluation and management

 

Staff

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Aubree Johnson, Academic Support Associate
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(931) 372-3126
Pennebaker (PENN) 300

Supervisor of work-study students, maintenance of vehicle pool for the College of Arts and Sciences, Biology stockroom manager, academic assistant

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Kenneth Morgan, Research Specialist
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(931) 372-6240
Pennebaker (PENN) 120

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Phyllis Smith, Secretary III
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(931) 372-3140
Pennebaker (PENN) 207