Find A UT Expert for Hurricane Story Ideas

The UT Media Relations Office has gathered a list of UT faculty and staff who can answer questions related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. To arrange an interview with any of the listed experts or to find an expert on another topic, please contact the Media Relations office at 1-865-974-5198 or e-mail us at utnews@utk.edu.

Agriculture, Veterinary Science

Agricultural impact in affected states
Dr. Delton Gerloff
Professor
Agricultural Economics

Dr. Daryll Ray
Professor
Agricultural Economics

Mosquito-borne illness
Dr. John New
Professor and Department Head
Comparative Medicine
UT College of Veterinary Medicine

Animal medical threats
Dr. Melissa Kennedy
Assistant Professor

Post traumatic stress in the human/animal bond
Dr. Elizabeth Strand
Professor and director
UT Veterinary Social Work Services

Stephanie Harness
Comparative Medicine
UT College of Veterinary Medicine

Disaster animal rescue
Dr. Becky Gompf
Small Animal Clinical Science
UT’s Disaster Animal Recovery Team

Civil unrest/disobedience

Dr. John Scheb
Professor
Political Science

Economic impact

Overall effects
Dr. Matt Murray
Professor and Associate Director
Center for Business and Economic Research

Overall effect on health and human Services, TennCare
Dr. Bill Fox
Professor and Director
Center for Business and Economic Research

Small business impact
Dr. Don Bruce
Professor
Center for Business and Economic Research

Tourism recovery and crisis communication
Dr. Lisa Fall
Assistant Professor
School of Advertising and Public Relations

Energy, oil and gas importation/prices, fuel efficiency

Dr. Glen Schuler
Professor and director
Full-time MBA Program

Historical Perspective on Natural Disasters

Dr. Kurt Piehler
Professor and Director
Center for the Study of War and Society

Infrastructure

Government infrastructure
Mike Tallent
UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service

Levee engineering
Dr. Greg Reed
Professor
Civil Engineering

Post-Disaster transportation and logistics
Dr. Tom Mentzer
Professor
Business Administration

Rebuilding/urban planning/historic restoration
Mark Schimmenti
Associate Professor
School of Architecture

Public Health

Water and food-borne illness
Dr. Ann Draughon
Professor and Co-Director
Food Safety Center of Excellence

Post trauma counseling
Dr. Susan Speraw
Associate Professor
College of Nursing

Dr. Joanne Hall
Professor
College of Nursing

Post Traumatic Stress in Children
Dr. Susan Smith
Associate Professor
Director, UT Safety Center

Water Contamination
Dr. Kevin Robinson
Associate Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Social/Cultural Impact

Risk perception/risk management, community response
Dr. David Feldman
Professor and Department Head
Political Science

Sustainable communities and environmental impact
Dr. Bruce Tonn
Professor
Political Science

Emergency preparedness and disaster response
Dr. David Folz
Professor
Political Science

Community capacity/social infrastructure
Dr. Ed Jepson
Assistant Professor Political Science