Thomas M. Haggerty
Professor of Biology
University of North Alabama
Florence, Alabama 35632
256-765-4432
tmhaggerty@una.edu

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Zoology  1986    University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
M.A. in Biology    1978    Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
B.A. in Biology     1974    University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina

COURSES PRESENTLY TAUGHT

Principles of Biology (Bi 112) - Fall and Spring
Comparative Vertebrate Morphology (Bi 310) - Fall, odd years)
Natural History of the Vertebrates (Bi 341) - Spring
Ornithology (Bi 451/551) - Summer, even years
Histology (Bi 472/572) - Fall, even years

RESEARCH

I am presently doing life-history research with Carolina Wrens and freshwater mollusks.  My research with Carolina Wrens primarily focuses on determining the selective advantages of forming long-term pair bonds and defending territories year-round.  My study area is on the Tennessee Valley Authority reservation in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  

My work with freshwater mollusks focuses on the reproductive cycles of unionids and snails.  This work is done in collaboration with Jeff Garner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  In freshwater bivalves we are interested in quantifying the timing of gamete production, spawning, brooding, and the discharge of the larvae.  Presently we are working with Obliquaria reflexaKnowledge of the life history of unionids will help our understanding of their evolutionary history and aid in their conservation. 

Our research with gastropods has focused on the distribution and population dynamics of three federally listed freshwater snails: Campeloma decampi, Marstonia pachyta, and Athearnia anthonyi.  Freshwater snails are some of the most threatened organisms on the planet.

Many undergraduate students have played important roles in my research efforts and a number of them have gone on to graduate or professional school.  Students have also helped us get our research published (names with asterisks below).

PUBLICATIONS

Haggerty, T. M., J. T. Garner, and L. Gilbert*. 2014. Density, demography, and microhabitat of Campeloma decampi (Gastropoda: Viviparidae). Walkerana 17:1-7

Haggerty, T. M. and E. S. Morton. 2014. Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/188 doi:10.2173/bna.188

Haggerty, T.M. and G. D. Jackson. 2012. Lawrence County Summer Bird Count - 2008.  Alabama Birdlife 58:1-8. 

Gill, S.A. and T.M. Haggerty. 2012. A comparison of life-history and parental care in temperate and tropical wrens. Journal of Avian Biology 43:43:001011.

Haggerty, T. M., J. T. Garner, A. E. Crews, and R. Kawamura*. 2011. Reproductive seasonality and annual fecundity in Arcidens confragosus (Unionidae: Unioninae: Anodontini) from Tennessee River, Alabama, USA. Journal of Reproduction and Development 55:230-235. (Reprint request)

Garner, J. T. and T. M. Haggerty. 2010. Distribution, density, and population dynamics of the Anthony Riversnail (Athearnia anthonyi) in Limestone Creek, Limestone County, Alabama. American Malacological Bulletin 28:121-126.(peer-reviewed)

Rose, S. D., H. E. Horne, T. M. Haggerty. 2009. Unidentifiable sapsucker (Sphyrapicus) in Huntsville, Alabama. Alabama Birdlife 55:1-7.

Alabama Breeding Bird Atlas 2000-2006 Homepage. 22 January 2009, T. M. Haggerty (Editor), Alabama Ornithological Society, [cited 23 January 2009]. Available from: http://www.una.edu/faculty/tmhaggerty/BBA Homepage.htm.

Haggerty, T. M. and J. T. Garner. 2008. Distribution of the armored snail (Marstonia pachyta) and slender campeloma (Campeloma decampi) in Limestone, Piney, and Round Island Creeks, Alabama. Southeastern Naturalist 7:729-736. (peer reviewed).

Haggerty, T. M. 2007. Birds of Alabama in Encyclopedia of Alabama.

Jackson, G. D. and T. M. Haggerty. 2007.  Summer bird count in southern piedmont ecoregions of Alabama - 2005.  Alabama Birdlife 53:4-11.

Haggerty, T.M. 2006.  Sexual size dimorphism and assortative mating in Carolina Wrens.  Journal of Field  Ornithology 77:259-265. (peer reviewed)

Hudson, M. K. and T.M. Haggerty. 2006.  The status and distribution of breeding Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in Alabama, 1985-2006.  Alabama Birdlife 52:1-8.

Haggerty, T.M. and G.D. Jackson. 2005. Cullman County summer bird count - 2004. Alabama Birdlife 51:14-21.

Haggerty, T. M., J. T. Garner, and R. L. Rogers*. 2005.  Reproductive phenology in Megalonaias nervosa (Bivalvia: Unionidae) in Wheeler Reservoir, Tennessee River, Alabama, USA.  Hydrobiologia 539:131-136. (peer reviewed)

R. E. Mirarchi, M. A. Bailey, T. M. Haggerty, T. L. Best, eds. 2004. eds. Alabama wildlife. Volume 3. Imperiled Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals.  The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.  221 pp.

R. E. Mirarchi, M. A. Bailey, J. T. Garner, T. M. Haggerty, T. L. Best, M. F. Mettee, and P.E. O'Neil, eds. 2004. eds. Alabama wildlife. Volume 4. Conservation management recommendations for imperiled wildlife.  The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.  221 pp.

Haggerty, T. M. 2004. Yellow Rail Coturnicops novaboracensis. Pp. 134-135 in R. E. Mirarchi, M. A. Bailey, T. M. Haggerty, and T. L. Best, eds. Alabama wildlife. Volume 3. Imperiled amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa. 225 pp.

Haggerty, T. M. 2004. Common Raven Corvus corax. Pp. 104-105 in R. E. Mirarchi, M. A. Bailey, T. M. Haggerty, and T. L. Best, eds. Alabama wildlife. Volume 3. Imperiled amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa. 225 pp.

Haggerty, T. M.2004. Ivory-billed Woodpecker Campephilus principalis. Pp. 102-103 in R. E. Mirarchi, M. A. Bailey, T. M. Haggerty, and T. L. Best, eds. Alabama wildlife. Volume 3. Imperiled amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa. 225 pp.

Haggerty, T. M. 2004. Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis. Pp. 135-136 in R. E. Mirarchi, M. A. Bailey, T. M. Haggerty, and T. L. Best, eds. Alabama wildlife. Volume 3. Imperiled amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa. 225 pp.

Haggerty, T. M., D. Cooley, G. Hill, G. D. Jackson, P. Kittle, R. E. Mirarchi, E. C. Soehren, and J. W. Tucker, Jr. 2004. Birds. Pp 133-184 in R. E. Mirarchi, ed. Alabama wildlife. Volume 1. A checklist of vertebrates and selected invertebrates: Aquatic mollusks, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.  The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

Smith, K. G., M. Mlodinow, J. S. Self, T. M. Haggerty, and T. R. Hocutt. 2004.  Birds of upland oak forests in the Arkansas Ozarks:  Present community structure and potential impacts of burning, borers and forestry practices. Pp. 243-252. in: Upland Oak Ecology Symposium:  History, Current Conditions, and Sustainability.(M. A. Spetich, ed.).  U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service General Technical Report. SRS-73.

Haggerty, T. M., E. S. Morton, and R. C. Fleischer (2001). Genetic monogamy in the Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus). Auk 118:215-219. (peer reviewed)

Haggerty, T. M. 2000. A geographic study of the vegetation structure of Bachman's Sparrow breeding habitat. Alabama Academy of Science 71:120-129. (peer reviewed).

Haggerty, T.M. and J.T. Garner. 2000. Seasonal timing of gametogenesis, spawning, brooding and glochidia discharge in Potamilus alatus (Bivalvia: Unionidae) in Wheeler Reservoir, Tennessee River, Alabama, USA. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 38: 35-41. (peer reviewed)

Garner, J. T., T. M. Haggerty, and R. Modlin. 1999. Reproductive biology of Quadrula metanevra in a Tennessee River Reservoir. American Midland Naturalist 141:277-283. (peer reviewed)

Haggerty, T. M. 1998. Vegetation structure of Bachman's Sparrow breeding habitat and its relationship to home range. Journal of Field Ornithology 69:45-50. (peer reviewed)

Haggerty, T. M. and E. Morton. 1995. Carolina Wren. In Birds of North America (A. Poole, P. Stettenheim, F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, DC: The American Ornithologists' Union.

Haggerty, T. M., J. T. Garner, G. H. Patterson*, L. C. Jones*. 1995. A quantitative assessment of the reproductive cycle of Cyclonaias tuberculata (Unionidae: Bivalvia). Canadian Journal of Zoology 73:83-88. (peer reviewed)

Haggerty, T. M. 1995. Nest-site selection, nest construction, and nest orientation in the Bachman's Sparrow Aimophila aestivalis. Southwestern Naturalist 40:62-67.(peer reviewd)

Haggerty, T. M. 1994. Nestling growth and development in the Bachman's Sparrow Aimophila aestivalisJournal of Field Ornithology 65:224-231. (peer reviewed)

Haggerty, T. M. 1992. Effects of nestling age and brood size on nestling care in Bachman's Sparrows Aimophila aestivalis. American Midland Naturalist 128:115-125. (peer reviewed)

Haggerty, T. M. 1988. Aspects of the breeding biology and productivity of Bachman's Sparrow in central Arkansas. Wilson Bulletin 100:247-255. (peer reviewed)

Haggerty, T. M. and Smith, K. G. 1983. The changing seasons. American Birds 37:961-966

Haggerty, T. 1982. Confirmation of breeding Red Crossbills in the mountains of North Carolina with notes on nesting behavior. Chat 46:83-86.

Haggerty, T. 1981. Rat Snake Preys on Nestlings of Rough-winged Swallow and Common Grackle. Chat 45:77.

Haggerty, T. 1980. Alder Flycatcher colony in Watuaga county, N.C. Chat 44:83.

Haggerty, T. 1978. Spring migrant shorebirds in Watauga county, N.C. Chat 42:33.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

1998-Present - Editor for Alabama Birdlife
1995-1997 -
Editorial board of The Wilson Bulletin.
2002-2003 - Section editor for four volume series entitled Alabama Wildlife (see above).
2008-present - Editor and webmaster of Alabama Breeding Bird Atlas 2000-2006 Homepage
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