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S Ballal
Professor
Ph.D. University of Tennessee
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SKBallal@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 405 / Box 5063
931-372-3444
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Tissue culture of vascular plants. Proteomics of growth-promoting enzymes such as indoleacetaldehyde dehydrogenase.
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David Beck
Assistant Professor
BS (U Rochester, Microbiology), AM (Washington U, Microbiology), PhD (U Virginia, Microbiology)
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dbeck@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 415 / Box 5063
931-372-3375
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I am a microbiologist. I teach Health Science Microbiology, Immunology, Medical Microbiology and other course related to Infectious Disease, and the control of infectious diseases. My research is focused on persistent bacterial infections, in particular Small Colony Variant Staphylococcus aureus. I am also interested in infection control in the health care setting.
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Phil Bettoli

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PBettoli@tntech.edu
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Christopher Brown
Associate Professor
B.S., Physics and Astronomy, Texas Christian University; M.S., Biology, University of Texas at Arlington; Ph.D., Quantitative Biology, University of Texas at Arlington
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CABrown@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 317 / Box 5063
931-372-6258
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I teach undergraduate courses in general zoology, general ecology, animal behavior, and entomology, as well as a graduate course in population & community ecology. My interests lie in the study of terrestrial invertebrate ecology, focusing on the behavioral ecology and life history evolution of scorpions and spiders. I have examined life history variation in several species of scorpions from Texas and Arizona; the effects of leg loss on running speed, escape behavior, and survival in wolf spiders from New York and Arizona; and interactions between wolf spiders in a riparian zone in the mountains of Arizona. In addition, my graduate students have studied life histories of scorpions in the Sky Island mountains of Arizona; habitat selection and thermal ecology of scorpions from Tennessee and Arizona; and behavioral ecology of several species of salamanders from Tennessee.
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Brian Carver
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. The University of Memphis; M.S. Middle Tennessee State University; B.S. Freed-Hardeman University
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bcarver@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 122 / Box 5063
931-372-3127
http://iweb.tntech.edu/bcarver/index.html
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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. I am a Tennesse native, raised in rural southern middle Tennessee. I spent seven years as a faculty member in the biology department at Freed-Hardeman University in western TN. Immediate prior to coming to Tech, I spent a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Northern Michigan University in the city of Marquette in Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula. As a biologist, Tennessee (and the southeast) is an exciting area to work because of the great diveristy of landforms. These different areas create unique habitats for characteristic assemblages of organisms, such that you can find very different biological communities in close proximity to each other. This also means that the biodiversity of the region is very high, so there are lots of organisms (and interactions) to study.
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Daniel Combs
Professor
Ph.D. University of Missouri
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DLCombs@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 313 / Box 5063
931-372-6541
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Steven Cook
Professor
Ph.D. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
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SBCook@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 321 / Box 5063
931-372-3194
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I study stream macroinvertebrate and fish communities. Recent projects have included assessment of three rare fishes within Abrams Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We also recently completed an assessment of macroinvertebrate community responses to brook trout restoration efforts within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. My current project addresses aquaculture of Southern Appalachian Brook Trout and their performance after stocking.
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William Gibbs
Instructor
Ph.D., Tennessee Technological University
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kgibbs@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 105 / Box 5063
931-372-3133
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John Gunderson
Associate Professor
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JGunderson@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 319 / Box 5131
931-372-3250
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Steven Hayslette
Professor
Ph.D. Auburn University
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SHayslette@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 301 / Box 5063
931-372-3146
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I'm a wildlife ecologist with research interests in foraging ecology of avian granivores, animal behavior, and ecology and management of upland game birds. I teach National Wildlife Policy, Wildlife Principles, Wildlife Techniques, and Concepts of Biology and Environment for educators.
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Carla Hurt
Assistant Professor
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churt@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 412 / Box 5063
931-372-3143
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For my research, I am interested in processes of speciation and diversification and the implications that these processes have on conservation of biodiversity. Specific aims of my 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 diversity and 4) assessing the geographic structure of genetic variation within habitats. To address these questions, I 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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Robert Kissell
Chairperson
Ph.D. Montana State University - Bozeman; M.S. University of Memphis; B.S. Christian Brothers University
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RKissell@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 207 / Box 5063
931-372-3134
https://sites.google.com/site/kissellslab/
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Research Interests: I am interested in species-habitat associations, population ecology of mammals, and the role management of natural resources plays in affecting populations and resource selection.
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Shawn Krosnick
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. The Ohio State University, B.S. Cornell University
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skrosnick@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 419 / Box 5063
931-372-6194
http://iweb.tntech.edu/skrosnick/
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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
Ph.D., 1999, University of Missouri
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HMattingly@tntech.edu
Biology
Southwest Hall (SWH) 179 / Box 5152
931-372-3698
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Justin Murdock
Assistant Professor
PhD Kansas State University
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jmurdock@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 315 / Box 5063
931-372-3147
http://iweb.tntech.edu/jnmurdock/
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My research focuses on stream ecology, biogeochemical cycling, and algal ecology and physiology.
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Nikki Panter
Instructor
Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, Tennessee Technological University
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npanter@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 114 / Box 5063
931-372-6195
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Joshuah Perkin
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Kansas State University
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JPerkin@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 122 / Box 5063
931-372-6242
http://iweb.tntech.edu/jperkin/index.html
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My research focuses on the conservation and sustainable management of freshwater fish diversity, understanding reasons for its decline, and developing approaches for mitigating threats.
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Richard Pirkle
Instructor
M.S. in Biology from University of Louisville
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rpirkle@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 214 / Box 5063
931-372-3129
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Thomas Roberts
Professor
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TRoberts@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 309 / Box 5063
931-372-3138
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Jerry Swallows
Professor
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JLSwallows@tntech.edu
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Staff

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Aubree Hill
Assistant Coordinator
B.S. Education and M.S. Biology, TTU
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aubreehill@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 300 / Box 5063
931-372-3126
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Pamela Malone
Administrative Associate 2
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pmalone@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 207C / Box 5063
931-372-3134
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Kenneth Morgan
Research Specialist
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KMorgan@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 120 / Box 5063
931-372-6240
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Phyllis Smith
Administrative Associate 3
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PSmith@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 207 / Box 5063
931-372-3140
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James Ventrice
Assistant Coordinator
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JVentrice@tntech.edu
Biology
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 403 / Box 5063
931-372-3580
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My job consists of a wide variety of tasks including the purchasing of materials for upper division biology labs making of materials needed for microbiology and genetics labs such as media, stains, and reagents sterilization, clean-up, and disposal of contaminated materials providing advice, sterilization, and other services related to the microbiology kitchen to faculty and graduate students in other departments Additionally, I teach many lab sections of both microbiology and genetics.