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Teaching and Research Faculty​ ​


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Anthony Overton, Ph.D.





TITLE: Departmental Chair and Professor


DEGREE: Ph.D. 2003 University of Maryland Eastern Shore: Marine Estuarine and Environmental Sciences

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Environmental Ecology, Management and Conservation of Fishes, Early Life Fish Ecology; Foraging and Trophic Ecology, and Diadromy; Fish Community Dynamics; Historical Ecology of Fishes, and Sociology of Recreational and Commercial Fisheries.


COURSES TAUGHT: BIO 692 Research


OFFICE LOCATION: Carver Complex South, Thomas Wing Room 200

PHONE: 256.372.4219

EMAIL: anthony.overton@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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Tommy Coleman, Ph.D.





TITLE: Professor; Campus Coordinator for Alabama EPSCoR GRSP; Departmental Assessment Coordinator

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 1980. Iowa State University, Ames, IA. Soil Morphology and Genesis. 


RESEARCH INTERESTS: Soil pedology; conservation management and sustainability; remote sensing/GIS applications in soil management


COURSES TAUGHT: NRE 502: Scientific Writing, NRE 472&572 Soil, Water and Air Pollution, NRE 491&591: Undergraduate and Graduate Seminar

 

OFFICE LOCATION: A-205 Carver Comples South Thomas Wing


PHONE: 256.372.4192

EMAIL: tommy.coleman@aamu.edu

 

WEBSITE(S): Alabama EPSCoR Graduate Research Scholars Program

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TITLE: Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies; Assistant 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

PHONE: 256.372.4187

EMAIL: dedrick.davis@aamu.edu

 

WEBSITE(S): AAMU Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory 

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TITLE: Associate Professor

 

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

 

 

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

 
 

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):

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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):

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​Dawn Lemke, Ph.D.






T​ITLE: Research 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,

 


OFFIC

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PHONE: 256.372.4185

EMAIL: monday.mbila@aamu.edu

 

WEBSITE(S):

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​Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, Ph.D.






TITLE:Associate Professor

 

 

DE

GREE: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


 

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EMAIL: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu

 

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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; chemolithotr

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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.

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AIL: elica.moss@aamu.edu

 

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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: 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

 

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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

 


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):

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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

 

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Jacob Savage, Ph.D.


 





TITLE: Assistant Professor of Microbiology

 
 
 

DEGREE: Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science, Alabama A & M University;  Master of Science Degree in Microbiology, Rutgers University; Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, Rutgers University

 


RESEARCH INTERESTS: Fermentation Technology, Drug delivery Systems, Wastes, Energy Technology, Water Purification Systems

 


COURSES TAUGHT:General Biology,  General Biology Lab, Microbiology Lab, Current Concepts in Biology, Applied & Industrial Microbiology

 


 
 
 

 

 

OFFICE LOCATION: CCS THOMAS WING RM 202A

 

PHONE:256.372.4216

 

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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

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


govind.sharma@aamu.edu

 

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​Cameron Sheeler, Ph.D.






TITLE: Assistant Professor of Cell & Molecular Biology

 

DEGREE: Ph.D. 2001. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH; Cell and Molecular Biology


RESEARCH INTERESTS: Studying the mechanism of action of steroid receptors and endocrine disruptors


COURSES TAUGHT: BIO 101 General Biology, BIO 102 General Biology, BIO 103L Principles of Biology Lab, BIO 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 221L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I, BIO 222L Human Anatomy and Physiology, BIO 340 Embryology Lab, BIO 411 Cell Biology, BIO 411L Cell Biology Lab, BIO 412 Molecular Biology, BIO 412L Molecular Biology Lab

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 207C Carver Complex South, Bonner Wing

PHONE: 256.372.4922

EMAIL: cameron.sheeler@aamu.edu

 

WEBSITE(S):

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TITLE: Professor

DEGREE: Ph.D. 1975. University of California, Davi; Davis, CA; Genetics

 


 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: application of recombinant DNA technology to crop impotents, with genomics and proteomic; stress tolerance and fiber improvement in cotton


COURSES TAUGHT: NRE 433/533 - Introduction to  Molecular Genetics; NRE 433/533L - Introduction to  Molecular Genetics  Lab; NRE 763 - Advanced Molecular Genetics; NRE 733 - Advanced  Molecular Genetics Lab; NRE 431/531 - Introduction to Plant Breeding; BIO 311 - Principal of Genetics; BIO 311L - Principal of Genetics

 

OFFICE LOCATION: 207C Carver Complex South, Bonner Wing

PHONE: 256.372.4922

EMAIL: khairy.soliman@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

 
 
 
 


RESE

ARCH 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​

 

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​William Stone, Ph.D.






TITLE: Assistant 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

 

 

WEBSITE(S): Forestry, Ecology, and Wildlife Program 

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TITLE: Research Assistant 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

 

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TITLE: Associate 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

 

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TITLE: Professor and Graduate Coordinator


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

 

WEBSITE(S): 

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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.

 


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OFFICE LOCATION: 206 Carver Complex South, Thomas Wing

PHONE: 256.372.4241

EMAIL: xinhua.xiao@aamu.edu​ 

 

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