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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.

Field or fish?

The Center of Field Biology is more than just an oppurtunity to catch fish in a net. It's a chance to discover what fascinating critters crawl in creeks in our own backyard by identifying, studying and preserving local biodiversity. Click on through to see how we get our hands dirty in the field!

 

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Austin Peay, TDOT partner on pollinator project at I-24’s Exit 1
Austin Peay, TDOT partner on pollinator project at I-24's Exit 1

Austin Peay State University's Southeastern Grasslands Initiative (SGI) recently partnered with the Tennessee Department of Transportation's (TDOT) Pollinator Habitat Program on a conservation project that brought nectar-bearing prairies to the strips of land abutting Exit 1 in Clarksville. SGI was contracted by TDOT in 2019 with a $150,000 grant to identify, plant and assist in cultivating natural pollination locations along Tennessee's highways.

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Austin Peay’s Center of Excellence for Field Biology celebrates 35th year, continues nationwide mission
Austin Peay's Center of Excellence for Field Biology celebrates 35th year, continues nationwide mission

In its 35th year, the center remains an opportunity for Austin Peay, for Clarksville and Montgomery County and beyond. Since its inception in 1986, the center has expanded from a focus on the fauna and flora of the Land Between the Lakes to establishing a footprint across the United States, such as with the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative - which since 2017 has worked to restore thousands of acres of grasslands from Texas to New Jersey.

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Dr. Floyd Scott, a Center of Excellence for Field Biology founder, remembered for his compassion
Dr. Floyd Scott, a Center of Excellence for Field Biology founder, remembered for his compassion

Austin Peay's Center of Excellence for Field Biology lost one of its founding members, Dr. Floyd Scott, earlier this year. "He was the closest thing to a brother that I ever had," said Dr. Eugene Wofford, a longtime botanist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. "He was a very kind, very compassionate person, and I miss him dearly."

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