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Biology and Agriculture

W.C. Morris Building
Room 306
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dr. Fanson Kidwaro, Chair
Phone: 660-543-4933

Department of Biology and Earth Science

Dr. Joseph Ely

Assistant Professor of Biology

EducationDr. Ely

B. S. Salem College
M. S. Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Ph. D. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Dr. Joseph S. Ely is a new faculty member that was hired during the spring of 2002 and started as an assistant professor during Aug 2003. The delay in appointment was a result of his being deployed to Afghanistan during 2002 and 2003 with his Army Reserve unit. His research interests are grassland and wetland ecology. Specific research interests include plant population ecology, boreal ecology, plant competition, meta-populations, biometry, modeling, and geographic information systems.

Dr. Ely grew up in upstate New York. He received his B.S. in biology and chemistry from Salem College, Salem WV in 1988, M. S. in biological sciences at Marshall University, Huntington, WV in 1993, and Ph.D. in Plant Biology in 2001 at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL. Dr. Ely held a Post-doctorate position at SIUC, under the direction of Dale H. Vitt, till he was deployed overseas.

His Master’s thesis, under the direction of Dan K. Evans, focussed on plant communities among embayments along the mid to mid-upper Ohio River floodplain and his dissertation was the study of the Core-satellite Species Hypothesis in shale glades and forest openings in southern Illinois under the direction of David J. Gibson.

Dr. Ely was an adjunct faculty member at The University of West Florida during 1994. He also was a senior lab technician for the study of the effects of dredge spoil deposition on the seaward side of Perdido Key, Pensacola FL 1993 - 1994. He has experience in the study of experimental wetlands that he obtained his tenure (1991 – 1993) as a research associate at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Other related work experience include the USDA at the US National Arboretum during the summers of 1988 and 1989 and public school teaching at the elementary and secondary grade levels between 1989 – 1990.

Dr. Ely continues collaboration with experts in his field and recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study multi-species competition in an agricultural setting for two years starting January 2004. This work includes experimental design, statistical analysis, simulation, and modeling of multi-species interactions. Dr. Ely currently has one MS student, Alex Harris, and he will be studying meta-population gene flow among prairie grasses.

Other interests include Army, reading, cooking, body building, painting, camping and hiking, gardening, and community outreach.

Department of Biology and Agriculture
Office: WCM 311, UCM
Phone: 660-543-8785