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Dr. Joseph R. Schiller

Joseph R. Schiller Ph.D.

 

Biology Department

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee

 

Education


Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 1986. Dissertation: Structural and Functional Organization of Macroarthropod Communities in a Mined versus a Pristine Stream in the Cumberland Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

 

Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins. 1978.

 

Current Employment

 

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.


Teach human anatomy and physiology lecture and laboratory; coordinate all sections of human anatomy and physiology laboratories. Conduct research in aquatic ecology, nonpoint source water pollution assessment and mitigation, and ecology of lizards.

 

Teaching Experience


Instructor, human anatomy and physiology laboratory, Baptist School of Nursing Northwest, Fayetteville, Arkansas. 1992-1993.

Biology Laboratory Coordinator, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah. Plan and manage teaching laboratories in general biology, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, botany, and zoology; and instruct general biology and zoology labs. 1990-1991.

Instructor, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah. General biology, human biology, and human anatomy and physiology lectures. 1989-1990.

Instructor, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. General biology lecture and laboratory. 1990.

Instructor, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah. General zoology and human physiology. 1989-1990.

Instructor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, El Cajon, California. Conduct lectures and laboratories in general biology and environmental biology; lecture contemporary issues in natural resources; and teach human anatomy laboratory. 1986-1988.

Instructor, Southwestern Community College District, Chula Vista, California. General biology lecture and laboratory; human anatomy laboratory. 1987-1988.

Instructor, University of San Diego, San Diego, California. Survey of biology lecture and laboratory, biology of organisms laboratory. 1987-1988.

Instructor, Program in Nursing, Walters State College, Knoxville, Tennessee. Human anatomy and physiology laboratory. 1983.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Zoology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. General biology lecture and laboratory; general ecology laboratory, and human physiology laboratory. 1979-1984.

 

Research Experience

Senior Research Fellow, Nonpoint Source Research Project -- Center for Field Biology, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN. 5/18/98-6/30/98; 5/12/1997-6/30/1997; 5/15/96-6/30/96; 5/15/95-6/30/95; 5/14/94-6/30/94.

Research Associate, SDSU Foundation, San Diego State University, San Diego, California. Field research on the pollination ecology of the endangered San Diego Mesa Mint, Pogogyne abramsii; limited participation in fire ecology of coastal chaparral and live oak communities. 1987-1988.

Research Assistant, Water Resources Program, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Fish and invertebrate sampling, data analysis, and report writing for a comprehensive biological survey of Tennessee streams. 1981-1982.

Research Assistant, Department of Zoology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Fish, invertebrate, and water quality sampling; data analysis; and report writing for a study on the effects of surface mining of coal on streams in the Cumberland Mountains of eastern Tennessee. 1980-1981.

 

Private Nonprofit Employment Experience

Technical Specialist in Aquatic Ecology and Aquaculture for Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA), Fayetteville, Arkansas. Provide information on aquaculture and aquatic ecology as it relates to farming practices, farmers, agricultural researchers, extensionists, government agencies, and other not for profit groups with an interest in the relationship of agriculture to environment. 1991-1993.

 

Publications in refereed journals

Schiller, J. R., P. Zedler, and C. Black. 2000. Density dependent insect visits, seed set, and phenology of the endangered vernal pool plant-Pogogyne abramsii (Lamiaceae), in natural compared to created vernal pools. Wetlands 20:386-396.

Schiller, J. R. and S. W. Hamilton. 2000. Comparison of Rapid Bioassessment of Seven streams in West Sandy Creek Watershed, Henry Co, Tennessee under Different Sampling Regimens. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 75:57-65.

 

Published abstracts of presentations to professional meetings

Schiller, J. R. and G. L. Vaughan. 1985. Production dynamics for aquatic insects in pristine and surface mined streams in the headwaters of the Big South Fork. Pp. 47-48 in Wood, James D. Jr. (Ed.) Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Southeastern Regional National Park Service Research Meetings, May 23-24, 1985. U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service.

Vaughan, G. L. and Schiller, J. R. 1985. Assessment of the Biological Impact of Surface Mining Coal in Primary Watersheds in the Upper Drainage of the Big South Fork. Pp. 48-49 in Wood, James D. Jr. (Ed.) Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Southeastern Regional National Park Service Research Meetings, May 23-24, 1985.

Hamilton, S. W., J. R. Schiller, D. L. Hamilton. 1996. "Rapid" Methods of Assessing Macroinvertebrate Communities for Water Quality Monitoring in West Tennessee Streams. Pp.9-10 in Huan, G. (Ed.) The Firefly: Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Entomological Society 11:9-10.

Schiller, J. R., S. W. Hamilton, and M. T. Finley. 1997. Effect of Taxonomic Level of Identification on Biological Metrics Used in Rapid Bioassessment Methodology. In Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 106th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 72(1-2):34.

Hamilton, S. W., J. R. Schiller, M. T. Finley. 1997. Efficacy of Semiquantitative Submerged Root Sampling Versus Qualitative Multiple Habitat Sampling for Characterizing Macroinvertebrate Communities in West Tennessee. In Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 106th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 72(1-2):34.

Finley, M. T., S. W. Hamilton, J. R. Schiller, L. I. Lyle. 1997. Stream Bioengineering-Restoration on Caleb's Creek, Robertson County, Tennessee. In Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 106th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 72(1-2):34.

Schiller, J. R., S. W. Hamilton, and M. T. Finley. 1997. Effect of Taxonomic Level of Identification on Rapid Bioassessment Results. P. 170 in Scott, A. F., S. W. Hamilton, E.W. Chester, and D. S. White (Eds.). Proceedings of the Seventh Symposium on the Natural History of Lower Tennessee and Cumberland River Valleys Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Schiller, J. R., S. W. Hamilton, and M. T. Finley. 1998. The Paired Stream Approach to Monitoring for Aquatic Pollution: Do Reference Streams Fade? In Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 107th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 73:34.

Ray, R. A., S. W. Hamilton, and J. R. Schiller. 1998. The Abundance and riffle habitat preference of freshwater mussels in the Sulphur Fork Creek watershed, Robertson County, Tennessee. In Proceedings of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society Midyear Meeting, Lexington, Kentucky, February 26-March 1, 1988. http://www.sdafs.org/meetings/98sdafs/poster/ray.htm

Hamilton, S. W., J. R. Schiller, D. L. Hamilton, and M. T. Finley. 1999. Biomonitoring in the West Sandy Creek Watershed: The final analysis? In Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 108th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science. 74:38.

Schiller, J. R.. 1999. Length-weight relationship of two aquatic insects, Ephemerella dorothea and Amphinemoura delosa. In Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 108th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 74:37.

Hinton, E. C. and J. R. Schiller. 1999. Frequency of tail autotomy in age and sex classes of the five lined skink Eumeces fasciatus. In Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 108th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science. 74:38.

Hamilton, S. W., J. R. Schiller, D. L. Hamilton, and M. T. Finley. 1999. Biomonitoring in the West Sandy Creek Watershed: Five years down the road. P. 58 in S.W. Hamilton, D. S. White, E.W. Chester and M. T. Finley (Eds.). Proceedings of the Eighth Symposium on The Natural History of Lower Tennessee and Cumberland River Valleys. The Center for Field Biology, Austin Peay State University.

Schiller, J. R. and S. W. Hamilton. 1999. Rapid bioassessment of stream macroarthropod assemblages using four different sampling protocols. In The Firefly: Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Entomological Society. 14:12.

Schiller, J. R. 2000. Secondary Productivity of macroarthropods in a mined and an unmined stream in the Cumberland Mountains of eastern Tennessee. In Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 109th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 75:35.

Cline, A. and J. R. Schiller. 2000. Metamorphosis of Utterbackia imbecillis glochidia on bluegill sunfish in stream water versus control water. In Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 109th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 75:35.

Schiller, J. R. and S. W. Hamilton. 2000. Comparison of Rapid Bioassessment and Analysis of Variance Methods in Assessment of Water Quality Impairment. Bulletin of the North American Benthological Society 17:233.

Ives, T. T. and J. R. Schiller. 2001. Comparative Study of Capture Efficiency and Mortality of Five-Lined Skink, Eumeces fasciatus, Using Pitfall, Funnel, and Glue Traps. In Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 110th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 76:34.

Houtman, R., J. R. Schiller and S. W. Hamilton. 2001. Among Riffle Variance of Bioassessments Using Macroinvertebrate Community Assemblages in Streams of Robertson County, Tennessee. Evaluation of Within- and Among-Stream Variation of Bioassessments in Three Streams. In Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 110th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 76:34.

Houtman, R., S. W. Hamilton and J. R. Schiller. 2002. An Evaluation of Within- and Among-Stream Variation of Bioassessments in Three Streams. In Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 111th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 77:36.

Houtman, R., J. R. Schiller, and S. W. Hamilton. 2002. An Evaluation of Within- and Among- Variation of Multimetric Bioassessments Using Macroinvertebrates from Three Streams of the Red River Watershed. Bulletin of the North American Benthological Society 19: 279.

Schiller, J. R., A N. Evjen, and A. C. Lewis. In Press. The use of passive integrated transponders (PITs) in studies of the life history and ecology of Eumeces fasciatus and E. laticeps. In Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 112th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science.

Evjen, A. N., J. R. Schiller, and A. C. Lewis. In Press. A study of the effect of tail autotomy on social dominance among male five-lined skinks, Eumeces fasciatus, in contests over mating access to reproductive females. In Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 112th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science.

Lewis, A. C., J. R. Schiller, and A. N. Evjen. In Press. A study of the efficacy of passive integrated transponders (PITs) for permanently identification of Eumeces fasciatus and E. laticeps. In Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 112th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science.

 

Technical Reports

Vaughan, G. L., L. Minter, and J. R. Schiller. 1982. New River Project Data Bases and Documentation, Joint Research, Volume 2, Biological and Associated Water Quality Data. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Departments of Civil Engineering and Zoology for the U.S. Department of Energy under contract #DOE DE-AS05-76EV04946.

The following titles are information packages prepared for and available from Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) a program of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) in Fayetteville, AR:

Schiller, J. R., and J. E. Hudlow. 1991. Evaluating an Aquacultural Enterprise.

Schiller, J. R., and J. E. Hudlow. 1991. Integration of Hydroponics with Aquaculture.

Schiller, J. R., and J. E. Hudlow. 1991. Recirculating Aquaculture Systems.

Schiller, J. R. 1993. Cage Aquaculture.

Schiller, J. R. 1993. Freshwater Salmonid Aquaculture (Trout, Salmon, Charr).

Schiller, J. R. 1993. Tilapia Aquaculture.

Schiller, J. R. 1993. Crawfish Aquaculture.

Schiller, J. R. (ed.) 1999. State stream management programs: summary of a mini symposium of the Warmwater Streams Committee Summer Meeting, Auburn, Alabama, 21-23 July 1998. http://www.sdafs.org/wwstreams/strmgnt.htm

 

 

Seminars, Workshops, and Training Sessions Presented

26 September 1994. In-stream BMP's to reduce nonpoint source pollution in West Sandy Creek, Henry County Tennessee. Field Workshop presented to Wildlife Biology Class, University of Tennessee, Martin.

2 February, 1995. Nonpoint Source Pollution: Here, There, Everywhere. Biology Department Seminar.

22 April 22 1995. Installation of BMP's--Willow post systems, seeding, rip-rap placement. Streambank Erosion Control Workshop, Glenn Robert's Farm.

22 April 1995. Water Quality Evaluation. Streambank Erosion Control Workshop, Glenn Robert's Farm.

4 November 1995. Water Quality Evaluation Through Rapid Bioassessment. Field Workshop presented to local participating high school students.

14 November 1995. Streambank Bioremediation Techniques in the West Sandy Creek and Caleb's Creek Watersheds. Yellow Creek Non-Point Source Pollution Workshop, Ruskin Cave, Dickson Tennessee.

9 March, 1996. Alternative Energy Living and Environmental Conservation. We're All Down Stream -- An Environmental Fair Sponsored by The Center for Field Biology and The West Sandy Creek & Duck River Watershed Educational Projects.

13 April 1996. Water Quality Workshop for Montgomery County school children in the West Sandy Creek Watershed, Henry County, Tennessee.

30 April 1996. Water Quality Workshop for Montgomery County school children in the West Sandy Creek Watershed, Henry County, Tennessee.

5 September 1996. Alternative Energy and Biodiversity. Warioto Chapter of the National Audubon Society.

5 October 1996. Installation of BMP's -- Willow Post System. Streambank Erosion Control Workshop at Caleb Creek, Robertson County Tennessee. Sponsored by U.S.D.A., Natural Resources Conservation Service and The Tenn. Dept. of Agriculture Division of Forestry.

5 October 1996. Water Quality Evaluation at Caleb Creek, Robertson County Tennessee. Sponsored by U.S.D.A., Natural Resources Conservation Service and The Tenn. Dept. of Agriculture Division of Forestry.

12 December 1996. Alternative Energy and Biodiversity. Little River Chapter of the National

Audubon Society. University of Kentucky, Hopkinsville Community College.

19 April 1997. West Sandy Creek & Duck River Watershed Educational Project Field Day. Participated in workshop to Teach High School Students Water Quality Monitoring Techniques.

26 April 1997. Alternative Energy Living and Environmental Conservation. Water Matters -- An Environmental Fair Sponsored by The Center for Field Biology and The West Sandy Creek & Duck River Watershed Educational Projects.

5 May 1997. How to Conduct Rapid Bioassessment Analysis on Your Classroom Computer.

West Sandy Creek & Duck River Watershed Educational Project. Presentation to Northwest High Students participating in the West Sandy Creek Project.

15 October, 1997. "The Brain," Brown Bag Lunch Presentation for the Clarksville-Montgomery County Museum.

21 October 1997. APSU Technology Fair. Demonstration of Computer Interfaced Physiology Experiments and A.D.A.M. Human Anatomy Software Use in the Classroom.

22 November 1997. West Sandy Creek & Duck River Watershed Educational Project Field Day. Participated in workshop to Teach High School Students Water Quality Monitoring Techniques

25 April 1998. West Sandy Creek & Duck River Watershed Educational Project Field Day. Participated in workshop to Teach High School Students Water Quality Monitoring Techniques.

15-16 June 1998. Biological Monitoring of Water Quality Workshop, Project WETT Teachers Academy. Land Between the Lakes, Paris Tennessee.

1 October 1998. Alternative Energy and Biodiversity. Warioto Chapter of the National Audubon Society.

6 November 1999. Report of the Scientific Review Panel of the Four Rivers Watershed Watch to the Fall Watershed Protection Conference, Ken-Lake State Resort Park Lodge.

2 December 1999. Alternative Energy and Biodiversity. Presentation to Mrs. Colleen White's 9th grade science classes at Clarksville Academy, Clarksville, TN.

7 December 1999. Tour of Schiller solar home presented to Mrs. Colleen White's 9th grade science classes at Clarksville Academy, Clarksville, TN.

??? Ms Meek's 5th grade class, Cumberland Heights Elementary. Ecological Feeding Groups.

 

Grant Proposals Funded

Intellitool computer interfaced physiology experiments for the human anatomy and physiology laboratory. $18,657.00 Austin Peay State University, Academic Technology Funds. 1996.

Six inkjet printers for the human anatomy and physiology laboratory. $1,068.00 APSU Technology Access Fee (TAF) Funds. 1998.

Inkjet printer for McCord 214 and McCord 215 teaching laboratories. APSU TAF Funds. 1998.

Annual Operating Expenses for McCord 208. $100.00 annually from APSU TAF Funds. 1998-1999.

Intellitool computer interfaced physiology experiment upgrades for the human anatomy and physiology laboratory. $8250.00. APSU TAF Funds. 1999.

Annual Operating Expenses for McCord 208. $300.00 annually from APSU TAF Funds. 2000-

Intellitool computer interfaced physiology experiment upgrades for the human anatomy and physiology laboratory. $4000.00. APSU TAF Funds. 2000.

Annual Operating Expenses for McCord 208. $750.00 annually from APSU TAF Funds. 2000.

Intellitool computer interfaced physiology experiments for the two additional human anatomy and physiology laboratories in the new Sundquist Science Building. $54000.00. APSU TAF Funds. 2000.

Computers to operate the Intellitool computer interfaced physiology experiments in the two additional human anatomy and physiology laboratories in the new Sundquist Science Building. $21400.00. APSU TAF Funds. 2000.

Biopac computer interfaced physiology experiments for the anatomy and physiology laboratories in the Sundquist Science Building. $54000.00. APSU TAF Funds. 2001.

Digital microscopes to use with the multimedia projection systems in the biology teaching laboratories in the Sundquist Science Building. $36000.00. APSU TAF Funds. 2002.

Sigmaplot statistical graphing software to use in the graduate research methods and biostatistics courses. $8000.00. APSU TAF Funds 2002.

Tower Research Grant (APSU). Request for $1800.00 to purchase Biomark Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag kit and Destron-Fearing transceiver.

 

Undergraduate Students Mentored (Presidential Research Scholarships)

Christine Hinton. 1998. Frequency of tail loss in the Common Five-Lined skink, Eumeces fasciatus. ($1500.00)

Amy Cline. 1999. Glochidial transformation of the freshwater mussel Utterbackia imbecillis on bluegill sunfish, Lepomis machrochirus. ($1500.00)

Amy Evjen. 2002. Test of odor in recognition of established dominance relationships in male five-lined skinks, Eumeces fasciatus. ($3000.00)

Amelia Lewis. 2002. A study of the efficacy of passive integrated transponders (PITS) for permanent identification of Eumeces fasciatus. ($1500.00)

 

Graduate Students Mentored


Theodore T. Ives, Jr. 2002. A comparative study of capture methodologie, effects of tail autotomy on behavior and pheromone communication of the Five-lined skink, Eumeces fasciatus. Masters Thesis.

 

Membership in Professional Societies

Tennessee Academy of Sciences

American Fisheries Society

    Pollution Committee:1994-1996.

    Environmental Concerns Committee: 1994-1996.

    Warm Water Streams Committe:1994-present

    Subcommittee to organize workshop and symposium section on stream restoration: June 1999-present.

North American Benthological Society

 

Membership in Other Societies

American Solar Energy Society

Participate in Annual Tour of Solar Homes October 1996-1998.

National Audubon Society

5th V.P.: Conservation Environmental Education and Community Service (CEECS) officer of the Warioto Chapter