Ecological Assessment Faculty and Staff

The Center works with many talented faculty and associates both on and off campus to provide quality water research. Below are the faculty associates at Tennessee Tech with whom the Center works to explore the field of ecological assessment. To learn more about each faculty member, follow the links from their names to their department or professional Web pages.

 

Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Faculty Working with the Center

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James B. Layzer, Professor and Unit Leader

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931/372-3032
Pennebaker Hall 205

Research Interests:  effects of stream regulation on aquatic biota, ecology and conservation of freshwater mussels, restoring and maintaining aquatic biodiversity, ecology of stream fishes

Tennessee Technological University Research Faculty

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James Baier, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Engineering Technology
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(931) 372-3193
South Hall (SOUT) 133

Expertise in agricultural engineering technology

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Michael Best, Professor of Agricultural Economics
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(931) 372-3154
South Hall (SOUT) 136 Webpage

Expertise in marketing, financial analysis of new enterprises, production of crops and livestock, high tunnel production of tomatoes, heirloom vegetables

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Janice Branson, Associate Professor
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(931) 372-3373
South Hall (SOUT) 138

Expertise in agronomy and soils

Courses taught:;  AGR 1020 Connections to Agriculture; AGRN 1100 Plant Science; AGRN 1110 Plant Science Laboratory; AGRN 2210 Soils; AGRN 2240 Intro to Soil Evaluation; AGRN 3230 Environmental Soil Science; AGRN 4210 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers; AGRN 4230 Soil Classification; AGRN 4240 Advanced Soil Evaluation

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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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Tania Datta, Assistant Professor
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(931) 372-3446
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 333Resume/CV

Dr. Datta is a newly appointed faculty member in the Center for Management, Utilization & Protection of Water Resources and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research interests include:

  • Biological Wastewater Treatment Design
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Bioenergy Production through Anaerobic Processes
  • Resource Recovery from Organic Waste Streams
  • Role of Microorganisms in Natural Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Developing Low-Cost Technologies for Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries

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Dennis George, P.E., Director of the Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources; Interim Director of the School of Environmental Studies; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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(931) 372-3609
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 233

Expertise in natural and engineered systems for control of contaminants in the environment

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Billy Greene, Professor of Animal Science
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(931) 372-3418
South Hall (SOUT) 139

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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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Evan Hart
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(931) 372-3516
Kittrell Hall (KITT) 205 Webpage

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John Harwood, Professor
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(931) 372-3473
Foster Hall (FOST) 222 Webpage
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Expertise in analytical/environmental chemistry; aquatic chemistry; analysis of molecular markers of pollution; ecological stressor analysis; sociology of environmental decision making.

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

 

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H. Wayne Leimer, Professor of Geology
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(931) 372-3522
Kittrell Hall (KITT) 111 Webpage

Expertise in clay mineralogy, oil shale, asbestos and radon hazards, and aggregate characteristics.

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Peter Li, Professor of Geography
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(931) 372-3752
Kittrell Hall (KITT) 207 Webpage

Expertise in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology; environmental monitoring;  renewable resources, water quality, dam risk assessment

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Beth Powell, Visiting Instructor of English
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(931) 372-3345
Henderson Hall (HEND) 312BResume/CV

Teaching: Composition I and II. Research: Communication in Engineering.

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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

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Gordon Stearman, Professor
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(931) 372-3528
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 340

Expertise in organic farm compost and irrigation treatments in vegetable plots; developing innovative extraction and analytical methods; studying fate and transport of anthropogenic chemicals in soil; developing constructed wetland systems for cleanup of water runoff in nurseries; developing best management systems for control of urban nonpoint source pollutants.

 

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