Auburn University Interested Faculty Participants


DR. Arthur G. Appel – PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE; Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

Email: appelag@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Environmental physiology and behavior of invertebrates, including arthropods and mollusks, and vertebrates, including amphibians and reptiles. Research includes respiration and energetics, heat stress, effects of acclimation and acclimatization, energy budgets, and physiological effects of sublethal exposure to insecticides and other toxicants.


DR. CLAUDE BOYD – VISITING PROFESSOR,
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, SCHOOL OF FISHERIES, AQUACULTURE AND AQUATIC SCIENCES

Email: boydce1@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Water quality in “split-ponds” for channel catfish production; solubility of liming materials used in aquaculture; effects of mechanical aeration on evaporation and water temperature in ponds; survey of water quality; assessment of indicators of sustainable shrimp farming; and use of elemental fingerprinting to determine the geographic origin of farmed shrimp.


DR. EVE BRANTLEY – ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE; DEPARTMENT OF CROP, SOIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

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Research Interests:

Water quality; watershed management; applied research on innovative practices to better understand and influence the adoption of management practices that protect, enhance, or restore stream functions.


DR. STEPHEN (ASH) BULLARD – ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE; SCHOOL OF FISHERIES, AQUACULTURE AND AQUATIC SCIENCES

Email: ash.bullard@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Aquaculture science: diseases of aquatic animals. Fisheries: Ecosystem science, pathogen diversity, biodiversity. Climate change: anthropogenic change to aquatic ecosystems and aquatic animal health. Water quality: performance and health of aquatic animals.


DR. PHILIP CHANEY – ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS; DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES

Email: chanepl@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Spatial distribution of aquaculture farm ponds and sustainable land use (land to water ratio) practices.


DR. WILLIAM (BILL) DANIELS – ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE; SCHOOL OF FISHERIES, AQUACULTURE AND AQUATIC SCIENCES

Email: daniewh@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

General research areas include marine and freshwater aquaculture production, e.g., channel catfish, red drum, tilapia, hybrid striped bass, freshwater prawns, and crayfish, and pond production, hatchery management and closed, recirculating systems. Specific areas of research include physiology and nutrition of crustaceans and fish, reproductive biology of crayfish and freshwater prawns, and probiotics.


DR. D. ALLEN DAVIS – ALUMNI PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE; SCHOOL OF FISHERIES, AQUACULTURE AND AQUATIC SCIENCES

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Research Interests:

Aquatic Animal Nutrition or warm water fish and shrimp.


DR. DENNIS DEVRIES – PROFESSOR AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR RESEARCH PROGRAMS
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE; SCHOOL OF FISHERIES, AQUACULTURE AND AQUATIC SCIENCES

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Research Interests:

Aquatic ecology and conservation ecology of rare/endangered species. More specifically, relative to ecological perspectives, I am interested in how fish communities are structured by abiotic and biotic processes.  I work in lakes and reservoirs, streams, ponds, and even in coastal and near shore areas in the Gulf of Mexico. My work has involved all life stages of fishes, from larval to juvenile to adult, as well as food web interactions involving the entire aquatic food web.


Dr. EDUARDUS DUIN – ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS; DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY

Email: duinedu@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Characterization of the key enzymes in methanogenesis and anaerobic methane oxidation: Methyl-coenzyme M reductase (Mcr) and heterodisulfide reductase (Hdr). Hdr is an example of an enzyme that uses electron bifurcation for the generation of low-potential electrons and Mcr catalyzes the reversible conversion of methane. The research will provide important insight into how to slow down livestock methane production and production in rice fields, which contributes to climate change due to the fact that methane is a potent greenhouse gas. Both enzyme are also essential in schemes for methane to biofuel conversion.


DR. REX DUNHAM – PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE; SCHOOL OF FISHERIES, AQUACULTURE AND AQUATIC SCIENCES

Email: dunhara@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Aquaculture Genetics, Selection, Quantitative Genetics, Genetic Engineering, Gene Editing, Xengenesis, Genomics, Population Genetics, Reproduction, Hybridization.


DR. KENNETH M. HALANYCH – SCHNELLER ENDOWED CHAIR & PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS; DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Email: ken@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Marine invertebrate evolution, genomics in marine systems, phylogeography and phylogeny.


DR. BRENDAN HIGGINS – Assistant PROFESSOR, 
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, DEPARTMENT OF BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Email: bth0023@auburn.edu

Research Interests:

Organism interaction at the molecular level among algae and bacteria for wastewater treatment and nutrient removal; water quality analysis through analytical chemistry techniques: reverse phase and ion chromatography and mass spectrometry; metagenomics and metabolomics techniques for characterizing microbial populations in water.


DR. LATIF KALIN – PROFESSOR, 
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AT THE URBAN-RURAL INTERFACE
SCHOOL OF FORESTRY AND WILDLIFE SCIENCES

Email: latif@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Kalin is a hydrologist studying climate and land use change impacts on water quality and quantity at multiple scales, varying from field scale to large watersheds. He also studies hydrology and nutrient cycles in wetlands through modeling, especially with the physically based model WetQual, recently developed by his research group.


DR. DAVID KING – PROFESSOR OF GEOLOGY
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS; DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES

Email: kingdat@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Earth history and climate change; Geological history of climate change in the sedimentary record of the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and other areas globally.


Dr. THORSTEN J. KNAPPENBERGER – ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE; DEPARTMENT OF CROP, SOIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Email: tjk0013@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Transport processes in soils and sediments; Irrigation efficiency and timing; Contaminant transport in soils; Soil colloid transport; Soil Tillage; Spatial and Temporal Statistics; Stormwater remediation


Dr. MING-KUO LEE – ROBERT B. COOK ENDOWED PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS; DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES

Email: leeming@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Dr. Lee’s research spans many areas in hydrogeology and environmental geochemistry. Lee and collaborators have written and co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed papers in the general areas of water resources research.  Active research involves: (1) groundwater geochemistry and microbiology; (2) oil spills and remediation; (3) climate change and water resources; (4) in situ bioremediation of metals-contaminated groundwater; and (5) basin hydrology and geochemical modeling.


Dr. MARK LILES – PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS; DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Email: lilesma@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Pathogenesis of Aeromonas hydrophila in warm water fish species (catfish, carp, tilapia), including the use of comparative genomics, targeted genetic deletions and aquaria models of disease; Disease control in aquaculture using specific probiotic bacterial strains amended to feed; and Use of an attenuated Aeromonas hydrophila as a vaccine, with studies using aquaria and production pond models and investigating different vaccine delivery methods.


DR. JOHN LIU – PROFESSOR AND ASSOCIATE PROVOST
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE; SCHOOL OF FISHERIES, AQUACULTURE AND AQUATIC SCIENCES

Email: liuzhan@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics. QTL analysis of performance traits, genome and transcriptome analysis.


DR. RUSSELL MUNTIFERING – PROFESSOR,
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE; DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SCIENCES

Email: muntirb@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Animal nutrition; Ecotoxicology of tropospheric ozone and reactive nitrogen in natural and agro-ecosystems; Impacts of anthropogenic activity and climate change on productivity and nutrient composition of herbaceous vegetation.


DR. SUSAN (Shufen) PAN – ASSISTANT PROFESSOR and director, Gis and remote sensing laboratory international center for climate and global change research, SCHOOL OF FORESTRY AND WILDLIFE SCIENCES

Email: panshuf@auburn.edu

Research Interests:

Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing Applications in Natural Resources and Environment; Dynamics of Coupled Natural-Human Systems; Food-Energy-Water Nexus; Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation in coastal and agricultural ecosystems.


Dr. STEPHANIE L. SHEPHERD – ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS; DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES

Email: slshepherd@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

River processes with a focus on geomorphic response to anthropogenic and environmental impacts.  Uses a combination of field observation, topographic analysis, and GIS to investigate river systems at a range of temporal and spatial scales.


DR. MARK STELTENPOHL – PROFESSOR AND CHAIR
COLLEGE OF SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS; DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES

Email: steltmg@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

The tectonic evolution of continental crust within collapsed-and-extended collisional mountain systems, particularly the Appalachian-Caledonian chain. He uses U-Pb and 40Ar-39Ar isotopic dating methods and maintains active research in the southernmost Appalachians, U.S.A., and in the northernmost Caledonides of artic Norway.


DR. JIM STOECKEL – ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE; SCHOOL OF FISHERIES, AQUACULTURE AND AQUATIC SCIENCES

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Research Interests:

Freshwater invertebrates, especially crayfish and freshwater mussels — Conservation ecology, population ecology, thermal and dissolved oxygen requirements, ecotoxicology, invasive species, aquaculture.


DR. Sang-Jin SuH – ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS; Department of Biological SCIENCES

Email: suhsang@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Molecular mechanisms of stress response and pathogenesis of human pathogens; realtime detection of foodborne pathogens; antimicrobial discovery; genetic and metabolic engineering of bacteria for value-added products.


DR. DI TIAN – ASSISTANT PROFESSOR,
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, DEPARTMENT OF CROP, SOIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES 

Email: tiandi@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Climate model forecast evaluations and applications to crop and water management; downscaling global climate model forecasts; assessment of climate impacts on agricultural and hydrological systems; evapotranspiration and drought monitoring and forecasting.


DR. HANQIN TIAN – SOLON & MARTHA DIXON PROFESSOR,
DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH 
SCHOOL OF FORESTRY AND WILDLIFE SCIENCES

Email: tianhan@auburn.edu 

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Research Interests:

Climate change impact, adaptation and mitigation; Integrated assessment of global environmental change; Landocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ).


DR. ASHRAF UDDIN – PROFESSOR AND GRADUATE PROGRAM OFFICER
COLLEGE OF SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS; DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES

Email: uddinas@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Sedimentary geology and basin analysis of foreland basins and continental margins; ;  petrofacies and detrital geochronology of foreland basin sediments to decipher history of orogenic unroofing, detrital routing in sedimentary basins, environments of sediment deposition; sedimentology and mineralogy of contaminant aquifer sediments both on land and coasts; petroleum source rock evaluations.


DR. YI Wang – ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE; DEPARTMENT OF BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Email: yiwang3@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Microbial metabolic engineering and synthetic biology/biotechnology, specifically fishery pathogen control with CRISPR/Cas9 system as an innovative antibacterial approach; environmental molecular biology including microbial genomics, genetics and transcriptomics; environmental bioremediation, biodegradation and biotransformation of emerging environmental contaminants; water pollution control including wastewater treatment, reclamation and reuse using both biological and physicochemical approaches.


DR. MATTHEW WATERS – ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE; DEPARTMENT OF CROP, SOIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Email: mnw0018@auburn.edu

Research Interests:

Water’s lab investigates human impacts and environmental stressors on aquatic ecosystems (lakes, reservoirs, large rivers).  We collect sediment cores from depositional areas and reconstruct organic matter and nutrient inputs as well as biology responses of primary producers through photosynthetic pigment measurements.  Specifically, my research focuses on the topics of eutrophication, cyanobacterial toxin production, carbon dynamics, heavy metal storage and primary producer communities.  The aim of my research is to establish the primary drivers of ecosystem change to better manage these systems and forecast future change from human impacts.


DR. ALAN E. WILSON – Associate PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE; SCHOOL OF FISHERIES, AQUACULTURE AND AQUATIC SCIENCES

Email: wilson@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Water quality, Harmful algal blooms and toxic cyanobacteria, Drinking water, Aquatic Ecology, and Meta-analysis.


DR. LORRAINE WOLF – PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS; DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES

Email: wolflor@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Potential field (gravity and magnetic) modeling of basins; earthquake-related hazards; liquefaction and paleoseismology; near-surface geophysical analysis for environmental site characterization.


DR. Yaoqi Zhang – PROFESSOR
SChool of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Email: Zhangy3@auburn.edu

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Research Interests:

Economics and Policy.