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Roger Applegate
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Roger D. Applegate is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. He works as a Wildlife Population Biologist for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Wildlife and Forestry Division in Nashville where he coordinates statewide programs for wildlife diseases, human dimensions, northern bobwhite, ruffed grouse, cottontail rabbits, and tree squirrels.  He is also an adjunct instructor of biology at Nashville State Community College where he teaches courses in biology. He has served as an academic advisor or committee member for over 20 M. S. and 4 Ph. D. candidates in wildlife.

Roger has an Associate in Arts degree in General Studies from Parkland College in Illinois, a B. S. in wildlife and conservation from Western Illinois University, and an M. S. in Ecology from the University of Illinois.  He has worked in Illinois, Tennessee, Maine, and Kansas on a wide range of research and management programs ranging from bird migration to big game management and research. His personal passion for research and management is restoration of the northern bobwhite. He also has a strong interest in disease ecology, especially zoonotic diseases. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and a Certified Senior Ecologist from the Ecological Society of America, and has published 80+ peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Wildlife Society Bulletin and is on the Editorial Board of Southeastern Naturalist.

One of the great privileges that Roger has had in his 40+ year career in wildlife has been to know and work with some outstanding professionals that have helped to move wildlife science into its present place. Among those he is most grateful to are Harold C. Hanson (an Aldo Leopold student), Frank C. Bellrose, William W. Cochran (one of the pioneers in wildlife telemetry), William R. Edwards, George J. Matula, and Ronald F. Labisky (a recent Leopold Award recipient). Each of these individuals has cast large footsteps to follow.


Contact Information

Roger Applegate

Roger D. Applegate
Wildlife Biologist and Coordinator
TN Wildlife Resources Agency
Ellington Agricultural Center
PO Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204

PH: 615-781-6616
FAX: 615-781-6654
Email: roger.applegate@tn.gov

UPS Address: 440 Hogan Road
Nashville, TN 37220

FedEx Address: 5107 Edmonson Pike, Nashville, TN 37211