Dwayne Estes, Ph.D.
Botanical Explorer & Curator of the VDB Herbarium
I currently serve as Associate Professor of Biology at Austin Peay State University and hold a join appointment as the Botanical Explorer for BRIT. I also serve as a Principal Investigator in the Center of Excellence for Field Biology and Director of the APSU Herbarium. I I have been studying plants for 22 years and first got bit by the "botany bug" as a sixth grader in 1990. Much of my youth was spent "roaming the hills and hollers" of southeastern Giles County, Tennessee. After graduating from Giles County High School in 1996 I took off a couple of years to find my way. By the time I got back in school in 1999 the chlorophyll was thoroughly "coursin' through my veins." I then attended Middle Tennessee State University where I obtained a B.S. in Plant Biology and then moved on to begin a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For my PhD I studied the "Systematics of Gratiola (Plantaginaceae)."
I am primarily interested in systematics and biogeography of vascular plants; conducting inventories of vascular plants; threatened and endangered species; wetland flora; and vegetation and plant communities of Tennessee and adjust areas. For the past several years I have been working with several students to collect and identify the flora of riverscour communities on 4 rivers in the Southeastern U.S.
Adjunct /Research Associate/Visiting Scholar/Scientific Advisor Appointments
Principal Investigator in the Center for Field Biology at APSU
Director and Curator of the APSU Herbarium
Adjunct Professor, Western Carolina University (Highlands Biological Station)