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various pictures from ISSE projects

The University of Tennessee’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) seeks to promote the development of policies, technologies, and educational programs that cut across multiple disciplines, engage the university’s research faculty and staff, and grow in response to pressing environmental and security issues facing the state, the nation, and the globe. ISSE’s specialized centers, programs, and initiatives address a range of issues that fall under the broad rubric of sustainability.



orange bullet ISSE Researcher Tim Ezzell was the invited keynote speaker at the 2019 East Tennessee Region State Legislators Hospitality & Tourism Lunch held February 15, 2019. Dr. Ezzell's topic was "Appalachian Regional Commission Study on Economics of Tourism."

orange bullet ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) has a new Director. Dr. John Schwartz, who is a Professor in UT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been selected to head TNWRRC, starting January 1, 2019. Congratulations and welcome to Dr. Schwartz!

orange bullet ISSE Researcher Terry Hazen, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair for Environmental Biotechnology, was listed by Clarivate Analytics as one of the world's most cited researchers. Read more here.

orange bullet John Schwartz, an ISSE researcher in UT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was nominated and is serving on a committee with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) comprehensively evaluating the Watershed Protection Plan for New York City’s drinking water supply. Read more here.

Publications & Presentations

orange bullet Sarah E. Eichler Inwood and Virginia H. Dale. 2019. State of apps targeting management for sustainability of agricultural landscapes. A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 39:8 (

orange bullet W. Forbes, J. Mao, Jiafu, M. Jin, et al. 2018. Contribution of environmental forcings to US runoff changes for the period 1950-2010. Environmental Research Letters 13: 054023.

orange bullet Lisa Reyes Mason, Jennifer Erwin, Aaron Brown, Kelsey N. Ellis, and Jon M. Hathaway. 2018. Health Impacts of Extreme Weather Events: Exploring Protective Factors with a Capitals Framework. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work 15:5: 579-593 (DOI: 10.1080/23761407.2018.1502115).

orange bullet Lewis, A. J., M. F. Campa, T. C. Hazen, and A. P. Borole. 2018. Unraveling Biocomplexity of Electroactive Biofilms for Producing Hydrogen from Biomass. Microbial Biotechnology DOI: 10.1111/1751-7915.12756.

orange bullet T. Cokyasar, M. Jin, and A. Garcia. 2018. Optimization of size and timing of base-salary increases. Accepted by The Engineering Economist.

orange bullet Q. Bai, Y. Gong, M. Jin, and X. Xu. 2018. Effects of Carbon Emission Reduction on Supply Chain Coordination with Vendor-managed Deteriorating Product Inventory. Accepted by International Journal of Production Economics.

orange bullet He, Z., P. Zhang, L. Wu, A. M. Rocha, Q. Tu, Z. Shi, Y. Qin, J. Wang, D. Curtis, D. Ning, J. D. Van Nostrand, L. Wu, Y. Yang, D. A. Elias, D. B. Watson, M. W. W. Adams, M. W. Fields, E. J. Alm, T. C. Hazen, P. D. Adams, A. P. Arkin, and J. Zhou. 2018. Microbial functional genes predict groundwater contamination and ecosystem functioning. mBio 9:e02435-17.

orange bullet K. He, R. Tang, M. Jin, Y. Cao, and S. Nimbalkar. 2018. Energy Modeling and Efficiency Analysis of Aluminum Die Casting Processes. Accepted by Energy Efficiency.

orange bullet P. Kelle, J. Song, M. Jin, H. Schneider, and C. Claypool. 2018. Evaluation of Operational and Environmental Sustainability Tradeoffs in Multimodal Freight Transportation Planning. Accepted by International Journal of Production Economics.

orange bullet Qiuming Yao, Zhou Li, Yang Song, S. Joseph Wright, Xuan Guo, Susannah G. Tringe, Malak M. Tfaily, Ljiljana Paša-Tolić, Terry C. Hazen, Benjamin L. Turner, Melanie A. Mayes & Chongle Pan. 2018. Community proteogenomics reveals the systemic impact of phosphorus availability on microbial functions in tropical soil. Nature Ecology & Evolution (doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0463-5).