Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology

The research objectives in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology are varied and include:

  • understanding the role and impact of "mesopredators" (e.g., raccoons and opossums) in their ecosystem and their impact on nesting northern bobwhites,

  • improving management practices to provide more food resources for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds

  • investigating the feasibility of restoring canebrake habitat, which was once a major feature of the Mid-South landscape,

  • evaluating the role of macrophyes in cycling of nutrients and contaminants in aquatic systems,

  • monitoring deer populations in collaboration with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

  • identification and distribution of mammalian biodiversity in Tennessee,

  • understanding landscape-level effects on biodiversity, and

  • evaluating the effects of urbanization on ecosystems..