Tennessee Aquarium

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Dr. Josh Ennen

Aquatic Conservation Biologist
Areas of Expertise: Herpetology, Aquatic Ecology

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Josh began collaborating with TNACI in September 2013 and permanently joined the staff in April 2014. He has worked on several threatened and endangered tortoise species, and continues to conduct conservation research on Map Turtles and other turtle species in the southeastern United States. In 2010, he described a new freshwater turtle species, Pearl River Map Turtle (Graptemys pearlensis), from Mississippi and Louisiana. In collaboration with Southeast Missouri State University and Sewanee, he has initiated research aimed at understanding headwater communities.  Besides turtle and salamander research, he is also interested in the impacts of utility-scale renewable energy developments on terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates. Josh is an associate editor for Chelonian Conservation and Biology.

Go-to Karaoke Song(s): "Suspicious Minds" and "Rich Girl" 

Favorite Saying: "Is that dumb?" 

Education:
    Ph.D., 2009, University of Southern Mississippi (Biological Sciences)
    M.S., 2005, Austin Peay State University (Biology)
    B.A., 2003, Maryville College (Biology)

Representative Publications:
Ennen, J.R., M.E. Kalis, A.L. Patterson, B.R. Kreiser, J.E. Lovich, J. Godwin, and C.P. Qualls. 2014. Clinal variation or validation of a subspecies? A case study with the Graptemys nigrinoda complex (Testudines: Emydidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 111:810-822. [link]

Lovich, J.E., and J.R. Ennen. 2011. Wildlife conservation and solar energy development in the desert southwest United States. BioScience 61:982–992. [link]

Ennen, J.R., B. R. Kreiser, C. P. Qualls, and J. E. Lovich. 2010. Morphological and molecular reassessment of Graptemys oculifera and Graptemys flavimaculata. Journal of Herpetology 44:9–12. [link]

Ennen, J.R., J.E. Lovich, B.R. Kreiser, W.W. Selman, II, and C.P. Qualls. 2010. Genetic and morphological variation between populations of the Pascagoula Map Turtle (Graptemys gibbonsi) in the Pearl and Pascagoula Rivers with description of a new species. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 9:98–113. [link]

Ennen, J.R. and A. F. Scott. 2008. Diel behavior of the Stripe-necked Musk Turtle (Sternotherus minor peltifer) in Middle Tennessee. American Midland Naturalist 160:278-288. [link]

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