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A-State Remains Closed Through Friday. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6, due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be closed on Thursday and will evaluate campus conditions on Friday morning.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • The SunBelt basketball match-ups with South Alabama will be played as scheduled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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(870) 972-3820

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(870) 972-2093

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Distinguished Professor of Environmental Biology


  • BS Arkansas State University Zoology
  • University of Oklahoma, Texoma Field Station Ecology
  • MS Arkansas State University Biology
  • PhD Virginia Tech Zoology

Courses Taught

  • Aquatic Ecotoxicology
  • Principles of Ecology and Laboratory
  • Aquatic Biology and Laboratory
  • Independent Study
  • Special Problems
  • Seminar in Environmental Sciences
  • Topical Seminar in Environmental Sciences
  • Independent Research in Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences Internship
  • Special Topics
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Biological Seminar
  • Limnology
  • Laboratory

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecotoxicology
  • Biomonitoring
  • Contaminant Availability
  • Risk Assessment

Dr. Farris research has focused upon community interactions with disturbed or contaminated habitats to determine relative risks posed to ecosystems and organisms.  Most often these investigations have involved aquatic organisms with more recent inclusion of assessment frameworks that include interfacing avian and amphibian populations.   Much of his research efforts have been placed upon development of biomonitoring techniques that can be interpreted for use in both field and laboratory settings.

Jerry Farris

Contact Information

P: 870-680-8151


Building: Lab Science East
Room: 413