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Justin Ellis, Ph.D.

Title: Lecturer - Director / Environmental Leadership Center
Phone: 706-867-2952

Office: Health and Natural Sciences 439, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: Agroecology, Local food systems, Stream ecology and restoration

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 1101/L Introductory Biology: From Human Perspective
  • BIOL 1102/1102L Introduction to Ecology
  • BIOL 1260/1260L Environmental Science 
  • BIOL 4226 Soils in the environment (Offered in Fall 2016)
  • Study Abroad in Taiwan 2017 (Courses offered: BIOL 1102/L & BIOL 1260/L; Application Deadline: December 13, 2016)


  • Ph.D., Agroecology, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, 2013
  • Bachelor, Birmingham Southern College, 1997

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Ellis’ research interests focus on the development of sustainability innovations that restore degraded ecosystems. Specifically he is interested in how improved management of carbon resources that enhance soil organic matter and vegetative establishment leads to improved water quality, rainfall infiltration, nutrient cycling, biodiversity, and CO2 capture and storage. 

Dr. Ellis’ other interests include

  • Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture – faculty advisor to UNG’s student led community garden club, co-teach a fundamentals of soils class offered in 2016, initial planning for UNG student farm and agroecology research plots to be located at Hurricane Creek Biological Station.
  • Watershed Monitoring and Restoration -  long-term monitoring of the Upper Chattahoochee River Watershed Basin through UNG’s Water lab, natural channel design streambank restoration and innovative stormwater management using Green Infrastructure.
  • Campus Sustainability – assessment, audits, and surveys compiling UNG's activities and opportunities towards sustainability. Visit our Facebook page for more information! 

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