Steve Hamilton
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Steven W. Hamilton

Director, Center of Excellence for Field Biology/Professor/PI

Ph.D. - Clemson University (1986)
M.S. - University of Kansas (1980)

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Contact Information

P.O. Box 4718
Clarksville, TN 37044
Office:  SSC D105
Phone:  931-221-7783
Fax:  931-221-6372

Research Areas
Aquatic entomology, insect systematics

Dr. Hamilton discusses some of his current research and the CEFB here.

Recent Publications

Hamilton,S. W., and R. W. Holzenthal.  2011.  Twenty-four new species of Polycentropus (Trichoptera, Polycentropodidae) from Brazil.  ZooKeys 76: 1–53.  

Jordan, B. E., K. R. Onks, S. W. Hamilton, S. E. Hayslette, and S. M. Wright. 2009. Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia lonestari in birds in Tennessee. Journal of Medical Entomology 46:131-138.

Hamilton,S. W., and R. W. Holzenthal.  2005.  Five New Species of Polycentropodidae from Ecuador and Venezuela (Insecta:  Trichoptera).  Zootaxa 810: 1–14.  

Hamilton S. W., Hamilton D.L., and. Lyle, L.I.  2002.  Spring-dwelling macroinvertebrates in Land Between The Lakes.  Pp. 387-400. in Land Between The Lakes, Kentucky and Tennessee: Four Decades of Tennessee Valley Authority Stewardship, E.W. Chester and J.S. Fralish, editors), Misc. Publ. No. 16.  The Center for Field Biology, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN.  447 pp.

Schiller, J.R., and S.W. Hamilton.  2000.  Rapid bioassessment of seven streams in West Sandy Creek watershed, Henry County, Tennessee under different sampling regimens.  J. Tennessee Acad. Sci., 75:57-65.

Gore, J.A., and S.W. Hamilton.  1996.  Comparison of Flow-related Habitat Evaluations Downstream of Low-head Weirs on Small and Large Fluvial Ecosystems.  Regulated Rivers: Research & Management, 12:459-469.

Current Projects

Impact of an Invasive Aquatic Plant on the Macroinvertebrate Fauna of the Obed Wild and Scenic River
In 2004, Dr. Dwayne Estes, systematic botanist in the Center of Excellence for Field Biology, discovered Hydrilla verticillata during a floristic inventory of the Obed Wild and Scenic River.  This invasive submersed aquatic plant from Asia was subsequently found to be widespread in sections of the Emory River watershed which includes the Obed River and its tributaries.  In the spring of 2010, the aquatic macroinvertebrate team of the Center set out to assess the impact of this invasive plant on the aquatic macroinvertebrates living in the impacted reaches of this high gradient, high quality river.  Angelina Fowler, a Center Research Assistant, is conducting the study for her Master’s thesis.

American Ordnance Grant - Invertebrates & Fishes
This project involves the development and implementation of a program intended to monitor the fluctuations in aquatic invertebrates in ponds and stream systems on and adjacent to the Milan Army Ammunition Plant near Milan, Tennessee.  Fishes are also being inventoried.  The goal of the study is to gather enough long-term data to make a reliable determination regarding the overall health of the aquatic macroinvertebrate and fish fauna, and to identify the various species that comprise these communities.