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TITLE: Intirim Department Chair, Professor, and Environmental Science Program Coordinator

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 2001. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL; Plant and Soil Science 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: land use / land cover change detection modeling; environmental quality assessment using satellite and aerial remote sensing and GIS techniques within a human ecological theoretical framework

 

COURSES TAUGHT: NRE 365 - Introduction to GIS; NRE 478/578 - GIS, Spatial Analysis, and Modeling; NRE 775 - Advanced Principles of GIS; Remote Sensing of Environment I; Quantitative Approach to Remote Sensing; Remote Sensing of Environment II; GIS Certificate program 

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 209 Carver Complex South, Thomas Wing
PHONE: 256.372.4252
EMAIL: wubishet.tadesse@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):​

 

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Ernst Cebert, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Research Associate Professor, and Interim Manager of Winfred A. Thomas Agricultural Research Station

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 1998. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; Plant Breeding and Genetics.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: winter canola improvement and expansion in the southeastern US; bioenergy

 

COURSES TAUGHT: n/a

 

OFFICE LOCATION: WTARS, 372 Walker Lane, Hazel Green, AL
PHONE: 256.372.4243 / 256.929.2036
EMAIL: ernst.cebert@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

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  Xiongwen Chen, Ph.D.

 

 

 

TITLE: Professor

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 1998. Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China. Ecology.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Landscape ecology, ecological analysis and modeling, conservation, ecology, forestry

 

COURSES TAUGHT: Landscape Ecology, Ecological Processes, Forest Fire Ecology and Management, Aerial Photogrammetry

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 139 Agricultural Research Center

PHONE: 256.372.4231

EMAIL: xiongwen.chen@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

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Colmore Christian, Ph.D

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Associate Professor

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 1996. Clemson University, Clemson, SC; Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Ecological impact assessment; nature-based and heritage tourism; sustainable development; visitor behavior, attitude, and perspectives

 

COURSES TAUGHT: Introduction to Forestry, Forest Recreation

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 138 Agricultural Research Center
PHONE: 256.372.4335
EMAIL: colmore.christian@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

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​Dedrick Davis, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Assistant Professor of Soil Physics

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. in Soil Science (Soil Physics) and Environmental Science, 2012 Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Coupled soil heat, water, and solute transfer; Soil water evaporation; Soil and water management, cropping, and amendment impacts on soil physical properties and processes

 

COURSES TAUGHT: NRE 199: Technology in Agricultural and Biological Sciences; NRE 461/561: Soil Physics; NRE 494/594: Irragation and Drainage Systems; NRE 751: Advanced Soil Physics

 

OFFICE LOCATION: CCS-Thomas Wing Rm 207

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TITLE: Associate Professor

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 2004. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA; Silviculture and Forest

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: forest ecology, silviculture, forest management

 

OFFICE LOCATION: ARC Building Rm 146

PHONE: 256.372.4545

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​Tyesha Farmer, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Assistant Professor of Genetics

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham; B.S. Biology, Alabama A&M University

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Genome copy number variation across populations, Hominoid-specific gene regulation, Yeast Biotechnology

 

COURSES TAUGHT: General Biology & Lab, Principles of Biology & Lab, Principles of Genetics & lab, Cell Biology & Lab, Human Cytogenetics & Its Applications, Molecular Genetics, Advanced Genetics

 

OFFICE LOCATION:  Carver Complex Thoms Rm 111

PHONE:

EMAIL: tyesha.farmer@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

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​Wiley J. Henderson

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Adjunct Professor

 

DEGREE: M.S. 1967. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL; Plant and Soil Science

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: plant physiology and hypertension

 

COURSES TAUGHT: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 103

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 135 Agricultural Research Center

PHONE: 256.372.4923
EMAIL: wiley.henderson@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

​Charles Holsey, Ph.D.

 

 

 

TITLE: Assistant Professor of Biology

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. Medical College of Georgia; Immunology & Microbiology

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: The significance of cytoplasmic alkalization (intracellular pH) in Hela Cells infected with attenuated human viruses; the identification and actions of new antiviral agents in vitro using Hela Cells and attenuated human viruses.

 

COURSES TAUGHT: Principles of Biology, Invertebrate Zoology, Introduction to Health Careers, Biological Control, Biology Seminar

 

OFFICE LOCATION: Rm 210, Carter Hall

PHONE: 256.372.4982

EMAIL: charles.holsey@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

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​Sampson Hopkinson, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Associate Professor

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 2001. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL; Plant and Soil Sciences

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: medicinal properties of non-native plant species

COURSES TAUGHT: BIO 101: General Biology, BIO 103/103L: Principles of Biology & Lab, BIO 203/203L: General Botany I & Lab, BIO 590: Prob in Biological Sciences, BIO 204/BIO204L: General Botany & Lab, BIO 571: Plant Anatomy, BIO 411/411L: Cell Biology & Lab

 

OFFICE LOCATION: A-201 Carver Complex South, Thomas Wing
PHONE: 256.372.4914
EMAIL: sampson.hopkinson@aamu.edu 

WEBSITE(S):

 



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​Jeanette Jones, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Professor / Director and Graduate Coordinator

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 1976. Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Botany-mycology-medical mycology

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Mycology

 

COURSES TAUGHT: BIO 100: Introduction to Health Careers, BIO 471: Biology Seminar, BIO 481: Research in Biology, BIO 512: Instrumental Biological Science, BIO 524: Mycology, BIO 691: Special Topics, BIO 490: Biology Internship, BIO 692: Research, BIO 513: Research Ethics, BIO 625: Medical Mycology, BIO 690: Seminar

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 310B Carter Hall
PHONE: 256.372.4924
EMAIL: jeanette.jones@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

​Karen Kennedy, Ph.D.

 

 


TITLE: Assistant Professor of Biology

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. Meharry Medical College

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Human and Molecular Genetics

 

COURSES TAUGHT: Principles of Biology, Invertebrate Zoology, Introduction to Health Careers, Biological Control, Biology Seminar

 

OFFICE LOCATION: Rm 312, Carter Hall

PHONE: 256.372.4922

EMAIL: karen.kennedy@aamu.edu​

WEBSITE(S):

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​Laricca London-Thomas, Ph.D.

 

 

  

TITLE: Assistant Professor of Biology

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. Howard University; Microbiology

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Food Safety, Reduction of foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria; Pathways that facilitate Escherichia coli (E.coli) ability to adapt to stress and survive in dynamic environmentsSpecifically: studying the role of small regulatory RNA molecules in the bacterial envelope stress response - a pathway that is critical in bacterial adaptation ability.

 

COURSES TAUGHT: Principles of Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology & Lab, Microbiology Lab, Parasitology, Current Concepts in Biology, Research Methods.

 

OFFICE LOCATION: Rm 316, Carter Hall

PHONE: 256.372.8026

EMAIL: laricca.Londonthomas@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

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​Dawn Lemke, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

T​ITLE: Assistant Professor

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 2012. Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand; Environmental Science

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: species distribution modeling, and invasive plant potential, and the application of statistical, geospatial, and remote sensing tools to these and other ecological issues

 

COURSES TAUGHT: Computers in Agricultural Science, Ecology

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 218E Carver Complex South, Bonner Wing
PHONE: 256.372.4562
EMAIL: dawn.lemke@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

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Regine Mankolo, Ph.D.

 

 

 

TITLE: Research Associate Professor

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 1997. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA; Crop Soil and Environmental Science

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: soil chemistry and fertility; environmental sciences

 

COURSES TAUGHT: Soil Chemistry, Soil Fertility and Fertilizer, Climate Change, Soil, Plant and Water Analysis, Advanced Soil Chemistry

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 218C Carver Complex South, Bonner Wing
PHONE: 256.372.4689
EMAIL: regine.mankolo@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

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​Monday Mbila, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Associate Professor

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 2000. Iowa State University, Ames, IA; Soil Science

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: pedogenesis and soil classification, clay mineralogy, and soil ecological processes

 

COURSES TAUGHT: NRE 251: Intro to Soil Science, NRE 350: Soil Morphology General & Classified, NRE 470/570: Soil, Plant & Water Analysis, NRE 493: International Exchange & Study Abroad, NRE 563: Plant Nurtition and Water Relations, NRE 590: Advanced Topics in Soil and Plants, NRE 472/572: Soil, Water, and Air Pollution, NRE 735: Advanced Soil Classification, NRE 710: Plant Ecology, NRE 750: Advanced Soil Chemistry, NRE 481/581: Hydrology & Watershed Management,

 

OFFICE LOCATION: A-204 Carver Complex South, Thomas Wing

PHONE: 256.372.4185
EMAIL: monday.mbila@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

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​Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Professor

 

DEGREE:Ph.D. 1989. University of Tasmania, Australia; Agricultural Sciences and Crop Physiology

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: agronomy, sustainable agriculture

 

COURSES TAUGHT: NRE 417/517: Sustainable Crop Production, NRE 491/591: Seminar, NRE 502: Scientific Writing, NRE 798: Teaching Experience, NRE 411: Weed Science & Herb Technology, NRE 441: Phytoshysiology, NRE 490: Special Problems, NRE 425: Lawn & Turf Management, NRE 541: Phyto-Physiology, NRE 422: Landscape Des &Construction, NRE 428: Fruit & Vegetable Production, NRE 710: Plant Ecology,

 

OFFICE LOCATION: A-203 Carver Complex South, Thomas Wing

PHONE: 256.372.4250

EMAIL: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

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​Elica Moss, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Research Assistant Professor 

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; Environmental Toxicology and Microbial Ecology

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: human health and the environment; chemolithotrophs

 

COURSES TAUGHT: NRE 451/551 - Environmental Toxicology; NRE 170 - Environmental Science; NRE 223 - Environmental Health Science; NRE 400 - Epidemiology

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 212 Carver Complex South, Thomas Wing
PHONE: 256.372.8219
EMAIL: elica.moss@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

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TITLE: Associate Professor

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 1998. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA; Forest Operations

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: forest operations, forest products, forest management

 

COURSES TAUGHT:

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 143 Agricultural Research Center
PHONE: 256.372.8404
EMAIL: kozma.naka@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

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​Leopold Nyochembeng, Ph.D.​

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Research Associate Professor

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 2001. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL; Plant and Soil Science

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: host-pathogen interactions, biological control, integrated disease management (IDM), mushroom science, plant biotechnology

 

COURSES TAUGHT: NRE 432/532: Plant Disease Diagnosis, NRE 562: Plant Pathology Techniques, NRE: 567/767 Plant Virology, NRE 537: Plant Tissue Culture Methods and Applications, NRE 564: Plant Growth and Development, NRE 421/521: Plant Propagation, NRE 423/523: Ornamentals I- Trees and Shrubs, NRE:427/527: Ornamentals II- Flowers and Foliage Plants, NRE 101: Introduction to Plant Science

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 218B Carver Complex South, Bonner Wing
PHONE: 256.372.4218
EMAIL: leopold.nyochembeng@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

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​​Florence Okafor, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Professor of Microbiology and Biology; Program Coordinator for Biology

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 1995. University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Medical Microbiology

 

COURSES TAUGHT: BIO 330: Microbiology, BIO 430: Medical Microbiology & Lab, BIO 431: Principles of Immunology & Lab, BIO 103: Principles of Biology, BIO 104: Principles of Biology II & lab, BIO 522: Principles of Virology, BIO 523: Microbial Physiology, BIO 692: Research

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 310 Carter Hall
PHONE: 256.372.4926

EMAIL: florence.okafor@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

​Qunying Yuan, Ph.D.


 

  

TITLE: Associate Professor

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. University of Cincinnati; Pharmacology

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: The role of calcium cycle in cardiac function; The role of microbiome in soil and plant health; Synthetic biology.

 

COURSES TAUGHT: Principles of Biology, Invertebrate Zoology, Introduction to Health Careers, Biological Control, Biology Seminar

 

OFFICE LOCATION: Rm 307, Carter Hall

PHONE: 256.372.4241

EMAIL: qunying.yuan@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

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TITLE: Research Associate Professor

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 1995. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; Chemistry

RESEARCH INTERESTS: environmental chemistry, soil chemistry

 

COURSES TAUGHT: N/A

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 207A Carver Complex South, Bonner Wing
PHONE: 256.372.4225
EMAIL: thilini.ranatunga@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

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TITLE: Professor

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. Iowa State University, Ames, IA

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: soil microbial, biochemical, and chemical processes regulating environmental changes and services

 

COURSES TAUGHT: NRE 491/591: Seminar, NRE 170: Intro to Environmental Science

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 149 Agricultural Research Center
PHONE: 256.372.4216
EMAIL: zachary.senwo@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 


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​Govind Sharma, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Professor Emeritus

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 1970. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: plant physiology, molecular biology

 

COURSES TAUGHT: NRE 599: MS thesis research, NRE 799 PhD Dissertation research

 

OFFICE LOCATION: Rm 133, Agricultural Research Center (ARC) Building

PHONE:

EMAIL: govind.sharma@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

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Venkateswara Sripathi, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 2013. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL; Plant sciences / genomics

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Application of molecular biology, genetics, genomics and bioinformatics approaches to understanding plant-stress (abiotics and biotic) responses in major crops such as cotton, common bean, switch-grass, et cetera.

 

COURSES TAUGHT: NRE 544/744 - Integrated Genomics; NRE 535 - Introduction to Bioinformatics; NRE 538/738 - Plant Genetics

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 134 Agricultural Research Center
PHONE: 256.372.4242
EMAIL: v.sripathi@aamu.edu​

WEBSITE(S): ​​

 

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​William Stone, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Associate Professor and Forestry Program Coordinator

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. Wildlife Ecology

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Mammals, Wildlife forestry, Bats

 

COURSES TAUGHT: NRE 386: Principles of Wildlife Management, NRE 388: Principles of Fisheries, NRE 488/588: Wildlife Technology, NRE 286: Wildlife Biology & Inden, NRE 387: Wildlife-Foresrty Rel, NRE 389: Fisheries Management & Aquaculture, NRE 385: Forest Recreation, NRE 386: Principles of Wildlife Management, NRE 360: Cooperative Education, NRE 480/580 Natural Resource Policy

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 144 Agricultural Research Center
PHONE: 256.372.4248
EMAIL: william.stone@aamu.edu

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TITLE: Research Associate Professor

 

DEGREE:

 

COURES TAUGHT: NRE406/506: Soil Microbiology/Chemistry, NRE 505: Instrumentation Techniques, BIO 512: Biological Instrumentation


OFFICE LOCATION: 140 Agricultural Research Center
PHONE: 256.372.8438
EMAIL: irenus.tazisong@aamu.edu

WEBSITE(S):

 

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TITLE: Professor

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 1993. University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS; Biology

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Behavioral Ecology; Wildlife and Habitat Relationships and Conservation; Application of Statistics, Geographic Information System (GIS), and Molecular Technics for Natural Resource Modeling; International Collaborations for Natural Resource Research and Education

 

COURSES TAUGHT: NRE 529 - Introduction to Statistics; Applied Multivariate Analysis; SAS Programming; Principles of Experimentation; Regression Analysis; Advances in Ecological Research

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 145 Agricultural Research Center
PHONE: 256.372.4229
EMAIL: yong.wang@aamu.edu

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​Xinhua Xiao, Ph.D.
 

 

 

 

TITLE: Postdoctoral Researcher

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 2012. Iowa State University, Ames, IA; Soil Science

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Water, energy and gas movement in soil and their fransfer at the soil-atmosphere interface with various soil managements and in various ecosystems.

 

COURSES TAUGHT:

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 206 Carver Complex South, Thomas Wing
PHONE: 256.372.4241
EMAIL: xinhua.xiao@aamu.edu​ 

WEBSITE(S): 

 


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​Administrative Support Staff​ ​ ​ ​

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Martha Palmer
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Petura McCaa-Burke
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Wenona Brown 
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Penny Stone
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Research Support Staff​ ​ ​ ​​

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Helen Czech
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Andrew Cantrell
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Daryl Lawson
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Heather Howell
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