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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