My name is Mark Dunaway. I am an Assistant Professor of Biology at an East Tennessee community college. I have been an avid naturalist and outdoor enthusiast since I was a child growing up in the Appalachian Mountains. At age 13 I lost most of my vision but still continued to be active and interested in the outdoors and the plants and animals who call it home. Over time my interest in the outdoors developed into a career in Biology with a concentration in Vertebrate Biology and a specialty in Ornithology.
I chose to pursue education as a career because I enjoy sharing knowledge and helping develop an interest in science in those who sometimes didn’t even know they were curious. I have found that people enjoy learning about the plants and animals that they can find in their backyards, and have used this idea to develop a project to introduce young people to science at an early age. This project, known as Birds in the Classroom, is designed to teach elementary students about birds while introducing them to science concepts in a fun and informative way.
In addition to teaching, I spend a great deal of time capturing nature recordings. I provided the recordings for the CD set, Bird Songs of the Smokies, and recently released a nature sounds CD titled, Soothing Sounds of the Smokies. I am currently working on providing recordings for Birds of Tennessee which is slated to be the official bird book for the state of Tennessee, and am partnering with Dr. Fred J. Alsop on a CD set titled Birds of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I also serve as a lecturer on birds, their vocalizations, and behavior and have spoken for multiple groups and organizations.
I created The Biology Zone as an extension of my teaching and as a way to introduce others to a variety of organisms, many of which may be commonly encountered. I hope you enjoy perusing the site and learning more about the world around you.
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