MARTIN, Tenn. — The impact of agricultural irrigation on groundwater use is the topic of the next Academic Speakers Series presentation at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Dr. Stan Dunagan, UT Martin associate professor of geology, will present “Groundwater Use and the Proliferation of Agricultural Irrigation in West Tennessee: Is it time to panic?” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, in Campbell Auditorium, located in the Andy Holt Humanities Building. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The Academic Speakers Series annually features top speakers who meet with the university’s Honors Programs students and offer presentations to the public. Honors Programs and other university organizations sponsor the series.
Dunagan is a 2014 Cunningham Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award winner and teaches in the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences, and Natural Resources. He was raised in Martin and earned his bachelor’s degree in geoscience in 1993 from UT Martin. He received his doctorate in geology in 1998 from UT Knoxville, where his research focused on the ancient wetlands and lakes associated with the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation in Colorado.
Dungan taught geology at UT Knoxville in 1997-98, UT Martin in 1998 and Austin Peay State University in 1999-2002 before rejoining the UT Martin faculty in 2006 in a tenure track position.
An avid traveler, he has been to 27 countries on five continents and to 48 states. Dunagan has also led travel study trips for more than 50 students to Belize, Mexico, Colorado, Puerto Rico, the Pacific Northwest and other locations. His most recent research has focused on sedimentation rates in Reelfoot Lake and the growth of irrigation systems in West Tennessee.
The Beth Maloan Outstanding UT Martin Student Employee Award will be presented before Dunagan’s presentation. The award is named for the university’s late director of budgeting and payroll. The award endorses her vision to recognize outstanding student performance and to develop experiential learning opportunities.
The complete list of 2014-15 speakers is found at http://www.utm.edu/departments/honors/ and select “Academic Speakers Program.”
PHOTO IDENTIFICATION – Dr. Stan Dunagan is pictured.