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Mike McKinneyMike McKinney

Environmental Science and Urban Ecology

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
633 Strong Hall
1621 Cumberland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37996-1410

Phone: (865) 974-0401

I have been at UT for over 30 years, having received my Ph.D. from Yale University in 1985. I am currently the Director of the Environmental Studies Program.

I have many research interests, generally focused on biological issues. I started out in paleobiology, in which I still have an active interest. In this area, I have published several papers on extinction and evolution. However, in recent years I have published increasing numbers of articles on topics relating to modern biodiversity problems and solutions, such as the effects of urbanization on biodiversity, and especially how human activities are homogenizing the biosphere. My field work is focused on land snails and mussels with a special interest in their conservation. I have served on the editorial boards of Evolutionary Ecology Research, Urban Naturalist, Frontiers in Ecology and Society, and Animal Conservation.

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