Marvin Ruffner, Ph.D. – Asbury University
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Marvin Ruffner

Biology Lab Associate
Assistant Professor

Department: Science & Health

Office: Shaw 241

Phone Extension: 2275

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  • Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science, University of Kentucky (2012).
    • Dissertation: Invasive Ecology of Old World Bluestem Grasses and Insights for Coastal Prairie Restoration in South Texas
  • M.S. in Forestry, University of Kentucky (2004)
  • B.S. in Biology, University of Kentucky (1998)

Courses Taught:

  • BIO 100/101: Introductory Biology lecture/lab
  • BIO 121/122: Mission Farm
  • BIO 202/203/204: General Biology lecture/labs
  • BIO 211/213: Microbiology lecture/lab
  • BIO 272/274: Principles of Plant Biology lecture/lab
  • BIO 322: Genetics
  • ESC 150/151: Earth Science lecture/lab

Current Research:

  • Rehabilitating bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) invaded woodlands with honeysuckle removal and native species plantings
  • Antimicrobial effects of plant extracts

Research Interests:

  • Natural History
  • Faith and Science
  • Invasive species ecology and management
  • Conservation Biology
  • Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • Biodiversity
  • Botany

Recent Publications:

Ruffner, M.E., and T.G. Barnes. 2012. Evaluation of herbicide and disking to control invasive bluestems in a south Texas coastal prairie. Rangeland Ecology and Management 65: 277-285.

Ruffner, M.E., R.L. McCulley, J.A. Nelson, and T.G. Barnes. 2012. Ecosystem function differs between Old World bluestem invaded and native coastal prairie in south Texas. Biological Invasions 14: 1483-1500.

Ruffner M.E., and T.G. Barnes. 2010. Natural grassland response to herbicide and application timing to control tall fescue, an invasive cool-season grass. Invasive Plant Science and Management 3(3): 219 – 228.

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