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Alex J. Pilote

Assistant Professor of Biology (423) 746-5235

Dr. Alex J. Pilote came to Tennessee Wesleyan University in 2017 and is an Assistant Professor of Biology in the Department of Natural Sciences. Dr. Pilote holds a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from The University of Georgia, an M.S. in Geography from The University of Tennessee, and a B.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Science from Tennessee Technological University. In the Biology major, he teaches General Biology II: The Diversity of Life; General Botany, General Ecology, Plant Physiology, and Plant Anatomy and Taxonomy. Dr. Pilote also teaches Physical Geography and Fundamentals of Biology in the General Education program.

Dr. Pilote’s professional interests center on plant form and function, with a focus on how plants have evolved across the climatically diverse habitats of Earth. He has a particular interest in the physiological response of plants to abiotic stress and how this differs among species from different habitats. He also has a background in paleoclimate research that focused on the history of forest ecosystems, so is fascinated by how human actions and the climates of the past, present, and future impact plant communities.