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Wayne K. Clatterbuck,

Dr. Wayne K. Clatterbuck is a Professor in Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He holds an appointment with UT Extension. His responsibilities are in forest management education and include assistance to the county extension network in forestry, coordinator of the Tennessee Master Logger Program, forest landowner education, urban forestry, and continuing education for forestry professionals. He has been with the university since 1995.

Dr. Clatterbuck attended the University of Kentucky and earned a B.S. in Forestry with a minor in soils in 1978. After a summer internship position at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, he attended graduate school at Mississippi State University and received a M.S. in Forestry in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Forestry with minors in Soils and Botany in 1985. His research project for his M.S. degree, sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, was the physiology of oak acorn storage and germination for nursery operations. His doctorate degree was in hardwood silviculture investigating the growth and development patterns of cherrybark oak and sweetgum in mixed stands.

Prior to his position at the university, Clatterbuck was (1) a forest consultant for a private foundation in Arkansas conducting research on management of mixed oak-pine stands (1985-1986); (2) a research forester, ecologist & wildlife biologist (interdisciplinary) with the USDA Forest Service in Sewanee, TN as the primary investigator in the development, validation, and extrapolation of a forest community classification model for the evaluation of wildlife habitat and forest management (1986-1988); (3) an instructor (temporary position for a professor on sabbatical) at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN teaching an undergraduate course and laboratory in silviculture (1993); and (4) budget director, staff planning forester, and assistant state forester for operations and planning director for the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, Division of Forestry (1988-1995).

Clatterbuck is responsible for the undergraduate silviculture class (FWF 312) each fall and a graduate class on Forest Growth and Development (FOR 560) taught biennially. He coordinates a week-long Forest Conservation Workshop each summer for K-12 teachers.

The primary research interest of Dr. Clatterbuck is in forest stand dynamics focusing on the ecological changes in species composition, stand structure and development during forest succession and following forest disturbance. His studies center in hardwood silviculture, particularly oak species, from obtaining regeneration to intermediate stand treatments and rehabilitating undesirable cutover stands. He directs several graduate students.

Clatterbuck is the author of more than 20 research publications on hardwood silviculture, many other articles on the forest resources in Tennessee, and many extension articles. He gives numerous presentations on forest management to professionals and landowners annually. Clatterbuck presently serves as the chair of the Scholarship committee and is a member of the Policy committee for the Kentucky-Tennessee Society of the Society of American Foresters, the national professional forestry organization.

Wayne enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, gardening, and college basketball with his family wife Sara. His children, son Ross and daughter Corey are both college graduates.

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Wayne K. Clatterbuck
Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries
274 Ellington Plant Sciences
(865) 974-7990

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