What We Do Best
This Unit partners with world-class experts in the disciplines most needed by federal agencies, and our partners provide expertise in five main areas.
- Inventorying, monitoring, and indicators of ecological and habitat health
- Cave, karst, and cliff ecosystems
- Invasive species
- Restoration of ecosystems, habitat, and species
- Urban-wildland interaction
We develop interdisciplinary projects that address the cultural, social, and natural resource issues of the Southern Appalachian region. Some example project areas include:
- Archeological surveys
- Vegetative inventories
- Visitor use and impact studies
- Wildlife and wildlife habitat studies
- Development of ecological models
- Oral history interviews
See past project examples from this Unit.
The Southern Appalachian Unit is housed at the University of Tennessee within the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. The Unit is represented by a geographic area where universities, institutes, NGOs, state agencies, and federal units commonly associate with each other.
The Southern Appalachian Unit’s work and partners extend into many states: Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
University of Tennessee Contacts
Don Hodges, Department Head and Professor
Ray Albright, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Alyssa Merka, Communications Specialist