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Dwayne Estes, Ph.D.

Botanical Explorer & Curator of the VDB Herbarium

Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.S. in Plant Biology, Middle Tennessee State University

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)

Contact Details
Phone -
931-221-7771