Biology

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

S Ballal

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Professor

Biology
SKBallal@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 405
Box 5063
931-372-3444

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Ph.D. University of Tennessee
Tissue culture of vascular plants. Proteomics of growth-promoting enzymes such as indoleacetaldehyde dehydrogenase.

David Beck

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Assistant Professor

Biology
dbeck@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 415
Box 5063
931-372-3375

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BS (U Rochester, Microbiology), AM (Washington U, Microbiology), PhD (U Virginia, Microbiology)
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.

Phil Bettoli

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PBettoli@tntech.edu

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https://www.tntech.edu/cas/biology/fishery/bettoli

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B.S.,University of Maine; M.S., Tennessee Tech; Ph.D., Texas A&M University
I am the federal Unit Leader of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, which is based in the Department of Biology and where I hold the rank of Professor. My graduate students, staff, and I conduct research on commercial and recreational fisheries, invasive fish species, and fish community structure in regulated rivers.

Christopher Brown

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Associate Professor

Biology
CABrown@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 317
Box 5063
931-372-6258

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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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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.

Brian Carver

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Assistant Professor

Biology
bcarver@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 307
Box 5063
931-372-3127
http://iweb.tntech.edu/bcarver/index.html

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Ph.D. The University of Memphis; M.S. Middle Tennessee State University; B.S. Freed-Hardeman University
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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 Tennessee 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.

Daniel Combs

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Professor

Biology
DLCombs@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 313
Box 5063
931-372-6541

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Ph.D. University of Missouri
No further information available.

Steven Cook

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Professor

Biology
SBCook@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 321
Box 5063
931-372-3194

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Ph.D. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
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.

William Gibbs

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Lecturer

Biology
kgibbs@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 105
Box 5063
931-372-3133

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Ph.D., Tennessee Technological University
No further information available.

John Gunderson

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Associate Professor

Biology
JGunderson@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 319
Box 5131
931-372-3250

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No further information available.

Steven Hayslette

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Professor

Biology
SHayslette@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 301
Box 5063
931-372-3146

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Ph.D. Auburn University
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.

Carla Hurt

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Assistant Professor

Biology
churt@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 412
Box 5063
931-372-3143

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resume / curriculum vitae
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.

Robert Kissell

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Chairperson

Biology
RKissell@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 207
Box 5063
931-372-3134
https://sites.google.com/site/kissellslab/

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Ph.D. Montana State University - Bozeman; M.S. University of Memphis; B.S. Christian Brothers University
I am interested in species-habitat associations and population ecology of mammals. Specifically, I focus on population size estimation and modeling habitat selection. I teach a quantitative wildlife population course and GIS for wildlife and fisheries.

Shawn Krosnick

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Assistant Professor

Biology
skrosnick@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 204A
Box 5063
931-372-6194
https://sites.tntech.edu/skrosnick/

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Ph.D. The Ohio State University, B.S. Cornell University
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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.

Christopher Murray

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Assistant Professor

Biology
cmmurray@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 104
Box 5063
931-372-6542
https://sites.google.com/site/murracm/

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No further information available.

Justin Murdock

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Associate Professor

Biology
jmurdock@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 315
Box 5063
931-372-3147
https://sites.tntech.edu/jnmurdock/

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PhD Kansas State University
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My research focuses on stream ecology, biogeochemical cycling, and algal ecology and physiology.

Nikki Panter

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Lecturer

Biology
npanter@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 114
Box 5063
931-372-6195

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Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, Tennessee Technological University
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No further information available.

Richard Pirkle

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Instructor

Biology
rpirkle@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 214
Box 5063
931-372-3129

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M.S. in Biology from University of Louisville
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No further information available.

Mark Rogers

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MWRogers@tntech.edu

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additional assignment

I am the Unit Leader for the U.S. Geological Survey Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit and Assistant Professor in the Biology Department

Ph.D. University of Florida; M.S. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; B.S. North Carolina State University
I study fisheries ecology and management with focus on sportfish population dynamics, invasive species effects, native species restoration, aquatic food webs, and global inland fisheries.

Amanda Rosenberger

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arosenberger@tntech.edu

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http://www.therosenbergerlab.com/

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additional assignment

I am the Assistant Unit Leader for the Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit. To learn more about us, go to https://www.coopunits.org/Tennessee/

Ph.D. Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2003 M.S. Zoology, University of Florida, 1997 B.A. (Cum laude) Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences Concentration, Simon’s Rock College of Bard, 1994 A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences, 1992
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I am a fisheries biologist whose research interests are in the ecology and conservation of freshwater biota, including fish, mussels, and crayfish, with an emphasis on the role of ecological processes in shaping aquatic organisms’ distributions, population characteristics, and community structure.

Jerry Swallows

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Lecturer

Biology
JLSwallows@tntech.edu

Box 5063

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M.S. in Biology from Tennessee Technological University
No further information available.

Donald Walker

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Assistant Professor

Biology
dmwalker@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 306
Box 5063
931-372-3780
https://sites.google.com/site/findlaymycology/

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Ph,D. Rutgers University; B.S. State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
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My research expertise lies in the areas of molecular evolution and molecular ecology of microorganisms with an emphasis on fungi. Past research projects have focused on the evolution of plant-fungal pathogen relationships and utilized systematics, phylogenetics, and molecular marker development to integrate evolutionary biology, host/fungus associations, and ecological vicariance events, to describe species diversity in non-model groups of organisms. More recently my lab group has concentrated on using a next-generation sequencing approach to study host-microbe associations of the amphibian microbiome. Emerging infectious fungal pathogens are threatening amphibians world-wide, therefore, we are interested to answer broad questions centered on the importance of the host microbiome for amphibian conservation. The southeastern United States is a global ‘hotspot’ for amphibian biodiversity and serves as a foundation for our field studies.

Staff

Aubree Hill

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Assistant Coordinator

Biology
aubreehill@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 300
Box 5063
931-372-3126

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B.S. Education and M.S. Biology, TTU
No further information available.

Pamela Malone

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Administrative Associate 2

Biology
pmalone@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 207C
Box 5063
931-372-3134

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No further information available.

Paige Pointer

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Academic Support Associate 1

Biology
CPointer@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 300
Box 5063
931-372-3141

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B.S. Wildlife & Fisheries Science, M.S. Biology; TTU
No further information available.

Phyllis Smith

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Administrative Associate 3

Biology
PSmith@tntech.edu
Pennebaker Hall (PENN) 207
Box 5063
931-372-3140

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No further information available.

James Ventrice

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Assistant Coordinator

Biology
JVentrice@tntech.edu
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.