DeAnna E. Beasley, Assistant Professor

Department of Biology, Geology, Environmental Science

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

I’m interested in how insects are responding to environmental changes associated with human activity, with a focus on climate change and urbanization. Primary research focus in the lab includes understanding changes in insect-fungi associations across urban habitats. I’m also very interested in engaging the public and students in research using citizen science.

Itzul Guzman Hernandez

Itzel Guzman Hernandez, Undergraduate 

Honors College Research Fellowship Recipient

Class of 2019

Summary of research:

My research will focus on the ant physiology as it relates to the diet and how it might predict species diversity in an urban environment.

Future plans:

My goal in life is to be able to travel the world and work with animals. After graduation, I plan to enter the JET program which helps teach English in Japan. My dream job would be working as a field researcher or work in a zoo in Australia.

Hannah Hightower 2017

Hannah J. Hightower, Undergraduate

Class of 2019

Summary of research:

I am assisting with Dr. Beasley’s citizen science project, specifically focusing on cicadas. I take various measurements of cicadas collected in and around Chattanooga and examine their biodiversity. After tabulating the data, we will analyze the cicadas for behavioral or physical changes that may be attributed to climate change.

Future goals:

It’s very “Miss America”, but I would love to put an end to world hunger. I am interested in sustainable agriculture, and am attracted to the potential of genetically modified organics as a means to end food insecurity.

Past Lab Members

Rachel Ayers

Hao Brooks

Natalie Hawkins