Ed Perfect (he, him, his)
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
743 Strong Hall
1621 Cumberland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-6017
Fax: (865) 974-2368
I was born and grew up in Peterborough, England. As an undergraduate I attended the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, graduating in 1977 with a B.Sc. degree in Physical Geography. Subsequently I moved to Ottawa, Canada, where I obtained a Master's degree in Physical Geography from Carleton University in 1980. I then moved to Ithaca, NY to study plant upheaval caused by soil freezing at Cornell University, obtaining my Ph.D. degree in Agronomy (Soil Physics) in 1986.
I returned to Canada in 1987 to spend eight years working as a Post-doctoral Research Scientist at the University of Guelph, Ontario. My research activities during this time included work on soil freezing phenomena, soil structure and fractal geometry. In 1995 I joined the Department of Agronomy, at the University of Kentucky as an Assistant Professor, teaching and performing research in soil physics and soil-plant relationships.
In 2001 I joined the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as an Assistant Professor, teaching and performing research in vadose zone hydrology, hydrogeology, and geostatistics. I was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004, and full Professor in 2010. I retired in 2021 after serving a term as Interim Department Head. I am currently an Emeritus Professor. My research interests continue to be focused on relations between pore space geometry and soil/rock hydraulic properties, and understanding the scale-dependency of these relations through fractal modeling.