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Center of Excellence for Field Biology

The Center of Excellence for Field Biology at Austin Peay State University is dedicated to the study and preservation of biodiversity in the southeastern United States.  Center researchers use field-based methods, along with laboratory approaches and bioinformatics, to address questions in ecology, evolution, systematics, and conservation.  The Center provides environmental education to the public and research experience in field biology to undergraduate and graduate students.

What is Field Biology?

Field Biology can take many forms, but the goal always is to understand how living organisms function in their natural environments. The tools for conducting field research can be as simple as a pencil and a notebook, or as complicated as sequencing and analyzing DNA; modern field biology often integrates data collected outdoors in an organism’s environment with molecular lab work and computer-based modeling. On any given day, scientific research in Field Biology can be exciting, exhausting, thrilling, boring, pleasant, tedious, a walk in the park, a scramble up a mountain, a slog through a stream. For us in the CEFB it is always rewarding.

 

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Nastasia Disotell
Graduate Research Assistant

I chose to continue my education within the CEFB because it was where I first started my journey as a researcher. My advisor Dr. Johansen guided me through as an undergrad to assist on projects her graduates were involved in and then helped to transition me to a graduate position myself. My experiences and opportunities here have helped to mold me into the researcher I am today and I couldn't be more grateful.

 

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Center of Excellence for Field Biology, Clarksville Sustainability Board team up to form Healthy Yards program
Center of Excellence for Field Biology, Clarksville Sustainability Board team up to form Healthy Yards program

The Center of Excellence for Field Biology at Austin Peay State University has partnered with the Clarksville Sustainability Board to offer a new program to help residents add more native plants and pollinators to local yards.

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Austin Peay to host annual Tennessee Herpetological Society conference
Austin Peay to host annual Tennessee Herpetological Society conference

This year's annual meeting of the Tennessee Herpetological Society will be at Austin Peay State University, and the event is open to the public to see research presentations from across the state about the reptiles and amphibians of Tennessee and Kentucky.

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Four bat species in one night: Austin Peay professor, students find success in Fort Campbell partnership
Four bat species in one night: Austin Peay professor, students find success in Fort Campbell partnership

The night - July 18 - had started slowly, but as the mugginess of the day's summer rains lifted, the bats started their forage above Fort Campbell's creeks and graveled roads. And the six mist nets that Dr. Catherine Haase's team erected over those pathways had captured three red bats just seconds apart.

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