David Aborn
Associate Professor
Biology, Geology and Environmental Science
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
phone: (423) 425-5236
email: david-aborn@utc.edu

Dr. David Aborn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). His primary research projects involve examining the suitability of urban greenspaces as stopover sites for migrating songbirds, monitoring Tree Swallow populations breeding in southeast Tennessee, and studying the wintering biology of Sandhill Cranes in southeast Tennessee. His graduate students have conducted research on such topics as the effect of kudzu on bird diversity, nest predation at an urban Audubon sanctuary, the relationship between pedestrian activity and migrant body condition, population genetics of Northern Saw-whet Owls, and waterfowl foraging in agricultural vs. natural wetlands. He teaches a variety of lower-level, upper-level, and graduate-level classes in biology and environmental science, has served as coordinator of the Master’s Program in Environmental Science at UTC, and was Local Committee Chair for the 2008 Society of Conservation Biology meeting and the 2017 North American Crane Workshop.

B.S. (Zoology) Clemson University
M.S. (Zoology) Clemson University
Ph.D (Biology) University of Southern Mississipp