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Associate Professor
  Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
Office: 430 Plant Biotech
Phone: (865) 974-7277
Email: jdebruyn@utk.edu

Focus: Environmental Microbiology

  • Microbial ecology: I research microbial communities to better understand their dynamics and functions in a variety of environments.
Educational & Research Programs
  • Current research project areas: Biodegradation of plastics, decomposition of carcasses/cadavers, N cycling in terrestrial and aquatic environments, human and insect microbiomes
  • Outreach projects: I provide environmental science education training to educators. Our current training programs include the Backyard STEM program for 4-H educators and our annual Soils & Our Environment workshop for middle and high school science teachers.

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Ph.D. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, 2008
B.Sc.H. Biology, Queens University, 2003