Plants & Animals Experts

Marcy Jan Souza

Associate Professor and Director of Veterinary Public Health

Marcy Jan Souza is an associate professor of biomedical and diagnostic sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. She teaches courses on wildlife disease, multispecies medicine, infectious diseases, and zoonoses and food hygiene.

Gordon M. Burghardt

Alumni Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Gordon M. Burghardt works in several areas of animal behavior and is an expert on the ethology of reptiles and bears. He also works on many aspects of play behavior, ethical treatment of animals, and zoo animal welfare.

Justin Rhinehart

Assistant Professor

Justin Rhinehart is an assistant professor with expertise in beef cattle management and applied reproductive technologies in beef cattle.

Tyson B. Raper

Assistant Professor, Cotton and Small Grains Specialist

Tyson B. Raper specializes in the agronomics of cotton production with a particular emphasis on variety testing, the remote detection and variable amelioration of nutrient stress, and site characterization/irrigation scheduling using canopy temperature and soil moisture measurements.

Annette Engel

Jones Associate Professor of Aqueous Geochemistry

Annette Engel works to understand the nature and extent of microbial activities in geochemical reactions that involve aqueous solutions and geological materials through time.

Neal Stewart

Director of the Tennessee Plant Research Center, Professor of Plant Sciences

Neal Stewart is the director of the Tennessee Plant Research Center. His research takes place at the interface between environmental biology, functional genomics, and biotechnology, with plants being at the core of his research.

Elizabeth Strand

Associate Clinical Professor of Social Work, Director of Veterinary Social Work

Elizabeth Strand is the founding director of Veterinary Social Work whose interests include the link between human and animal violence, animals in family systems, the scholarly and practice development of veterinary social work as a sub-specialty of social work practice, communication skills, conflict resolution, and mediation and stress management techniques in animal welfare environments.

Darryl Millis

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Director of Surgical Service

Dr. Darryl Millis is a professor of orthopedic surgery and director of the CARES Center for Veterinary Sports Medicine.

Gary McCracken

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Director of the Center for Environmental Biotechnology

Gary McCracken researches population biology, molecular ecology, animal behavior, conservation biology, and the ecology of infectious diseases.

Madhu Dhar

Research Assistant Professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Madhu Dhar uses mouse models of obesity to study human diabetes.