About the Center
A number of scientists from varying disciplines are engaged in the work of the Center. As the Center is developed, additional partnerships will be formed with other collaborators from various organizations and areas of expertise.
Fred L. Allen, Plant Sciences and Director, Variety Trials
Dr. Allen is engaged in a number of agronomic research projects dealing with native grass management. Dr. Allen’s research with the CNGM is particularly focused on intercropping legumes in biofuel systems. (http://plantsciences.utk.edu/allen.htm)
Amanda J. Ashworth, Research Associate II
Ms. Ashworth researches the agronomic components of native grasses for biofuel feedstock production, as well as supports all aspects of the Center's research. (http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/personnel/aashworth.htm)
Gary E. Bates, Professor and Forage Extension Specialist
Dr. Bates is active in both research and Extension as it relates to the use of native grasses in forage systems and their integration into biofuel feedstock production systems. (http://plantsciences.utk.edu/bates.htm)
David S. Buckley, Associate Professor of Forestry
Dr. Buckley works with oak ecosystems and fire ecology and is a valuable partner in examining the restoration of oak savannahs and woodlands and the associated processes. (http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/personnel/dbuckley.htm)
David A. Buehler, Professor of Wildlife Science
Dr. Buehler is an internationally recognized avian ecologist and has an active research program dealing with monitoring and modeling avian population dynamics in native grasslands. (http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/personnel/dbuehler.htm)
Elizabeth D. Doxon, Research Associate II
Dr. Doxon assists the grazing system research on native grasslands studies and supports all aspects of the Center’s research. (http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/personnel/edoxon.htm)
Craig A. Harper, Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist
Dr. Harper supports the Center’s research in the areas of applied habitat management and fire ecology, and on development of wildlife Extension programs.
Patrick D. Keyser, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Center for Native Grassland Management
Dr. Keyser provides overall leadership for the Center's efforts in both research and Extension. (http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/personnel/pkeyser.htm)
John C. Waller, Associate Professor of Animal Science
Dr. Waller leads the grazing system research on native grasslands and supports forage analyses for all aspects of the project. (http://animalscience.ag.utk.edu/FacultyStaff/JohnWaller.html)
William G. Minser, Instructor/Research Associate
Mr. Minser played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Center. He continues to provide support to the range of research initiatives underway by serving as a liaison with many partners and cooperators.
Stuart A. Weiss, Acting Agronomy Leader, University of the Virgin Islands
Mr. Weiss is a collaborator on agronomic work that aims to displace inorganic-nitrogen in native grass production systems. (http://www.scsrpc.org/SCSRPC/Participants/weiss.htm)
John Morgan, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Mr. Morgan supports the patch burn grazing project and aids in the investigation of subsequent impacts of fire on wildlife.
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