To identify, study and preserve biodiversity.
The Center of Excellence for Field Biology at Austin Peay State University brings together scholars from various biological disciplines to conduct research on biotic communities in Tennessee-Kentucky and adjacent eco-regions including experimental ecology, general ecological theory, definition of biodiversity, evolution and systematics, applied biological science, and community outreach through focused and regional environmental education programs; field-based observations and methodologies are an integral component of these research endeavors.
The Center's principal investigators are:
Dr. Steve Hamilton (Director), Aquatic Entomology, Insect Systematics
Dr. Andrew Barrass, Bioacoustics, Animal Communication, and Sound Analysis, Wetlands and Stream Restoration
Ms. Michelle Rogers, Environmental Science Project Manager
Dr. Floyd Scott, Herpetology, Ecology
Dr. C.M. Gienger, Herpetology, Ecology
Dr. Dwayne Estes, Botany, Plant Systematics
Dr. Rebecca Johansen, Ichthyology, Fish Systematics and Phylogeography