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Wayne Wofford

Dr. Wayne Wofford

Professor of Biology
133 White Hall, Box 1823
Union University
Jackson, Tennessee 38305
(731) 661-5301


  • B. S.; Union University, Jackson, Tennessee
  • M.S. and Ph. D.; Texas A & M University

Majors and Pre-Professionals Advised

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Veterinary Medicine

Courses Commonly Taught

  • BIO 300: Pathophysiology
  • BIO 316: Physiology
  • BIO 317: Developmental Biology
  • BIO 321: Ecotoxicology

Research/Scholarship Interests

  • Ecotoxicology: My main reserch interest lies in the study of the effect of the introduction of chemicals into the environment, particularly the aquatic environment.
  • Distributions of Insects in West Tennessee: I currently am working on a reference collection of insects for the West Tennessee area. This effort concentrates primarily on Madison and Gibson counties.
  • Interaction of Science and Faith: For several years, I have been studying the history and relationships of science and faith. I am in the process of assembling a searchable database of books on various topics related to science and faith to be posted on Union University’s web site.

Recent Undergraduate Research Supervised

  • Carrie Myers: The effects of common household pesticides on the mortality rate and thanatotic behavior exhibited by the red flour beetle (Tribolium casteneum) (Fall 2011)
  • Candice Thompson: The effects of tartrazine and allura red AC on hyperactivity in Drosophila melanogaster (Spring 2010)
  • Danielle Teichen: Effects of ascorbic acid on metabolic rate and glutathione liver tissue content in Mus musculus (Spring 2010)
  • Augusta Paffrath: Absorption of zinc and lead in Brassicaeae for management of heavy metal contaminated soils (Spring 2010)
  • Kayli Anthony: An examination of Malathion resistance in the red flour beetle (Tribolium casteneum) (Spring 2009)
  • Amanda Blankenship: Color preference in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) (Spring 2007)
  • Adam Foote: An assessment of stream quality in selected streams in West Tennessee: A collaborative study with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (Spring 2007)
  • Josh Hall: The effect of carbaryl on the predatory efficiency of Notophthalmus viridescens (Spring 2007)
  • Scott Harden: An improved assay for measuring the effect of acetylcholine, caffeine, and nicotine on the heartbeat rate of Triops longicaudatus larvae (Spring 2007)
  • Justin Hutto: The effect of 17γ methyltestosterone on the oxygen consumption of the blunt-nosed minnow, Pimephales notatus (Spring 2007)
  • Jill Konkol: The effect of DDT on glutathione levels in mouse (Mus musculus) liver (Spring 2007)
  • John Lee: The effect of multiple food sources during the larval stage of Actinius luna (Spring 2007)
  • Kenneth Lewoczko: Mosquito diversity and seasonality at an enzootic EEE focus in Tennessee (Spring 2007)


  • Wayne Wofford, 2009 Developmental Biology Lab Manual
  • Wayne Wofford and Chereyl Crossett, 2004 Botany Lab Manual

Society Memberships

  • Tennessee Academy of Science
Excellence-Driven Christ-Centered People-Focused Future-Directed