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Dr. John Tucker
Professor, Department Head
Biology, Geology and Environmental Science
LL.M - Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College
  215 Holt

Research Interests

I presently serve as head of the Department of Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciences, the largest department in the College of Arts and Sciences with over 1000 majors and three degree programs. As head, my primary duties involve administration of the Department and teaching core courses in my specialty area (environmental law and policy). I also provide university and professional service, including serving on the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau Board and the Board of Advisors of the Center for Governmental Responsibility (CGR), University of Florida (UF) College of Law. Previously I served on the mayor’s Chattanooga Green Committee, the Chattanooga Air Toxics Task Force, and the Chattanooga Tree Protection and Resource Management Advisory Committee. Prior to becoming Head in 2007, my duties were comparable to other faculty in the department and involved teaching, research, and service. I also served as coordinator of the department’s Environmental Science Graduate Program. Past research projects at UTC focused on environmental justice issues associated with a major Superfund site, Chattanooga Creek, including serving as principal investigator of two EPA Region IV environmental justice grant awards. I have published several law journal articles focusing on pesticides, environmental ethics, ecosystem management, water resources, and biodiversity conservation. Prior to working at UTC, I worked for 10 years at CGR on environmental and land use law and policy projects for local, state, and national agencies. I also worked on international projects pertaining to environmental and land use law, environmental decision-making, and citizen empowerment in Brazil and Poland. Prior to law school I worked as a biological scientist for UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, where I co-authored several articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

The Environmental Law and Policy program at UTC seeks to research and analyze important environmental law and policy issues. Recent topics of interest include environmental justice and hazardous substances, air toxics, sustainability, riparian buffers, water management, and the BP Oil Spill. Regrettably, I am not able to accept new students at the present time due to the administrative responsibilities of my position. However, I welcome interaction with students and encourage students who would like to discuss environmental law and policy to contact me at


Sample Grants/Projects

Principal Investigator, “Benwood Food Program & Sustainability Course,” funded by the Benwood Foundation (2011, 2010, 2009) ($12,500).

Grant Administrator, National Science Foundation Research Fellowship to Ms. Cheryl Horn, M.S. Environmental Science student (2004-2006) ($40,500 per year).

Chattanooga Creek Hazardous Substance Monitoring Program, funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region IV, Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (2002-2004) (with Dr. Martha Wells, Tennessee Technological University) ($19,398).

Chattanooga Creek Watershed Pollution Prevention Initiative, funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region IV Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (1998-2000) (with Dr. Martha Wells, Tennessee Technological University) ($20,000).


Sample Publications

John C. Tucker and M. A. Brown.  Comparative Analysis of Pesticide Regulatory Programs in the United States and Brazil. National Ag. Law Center, University of Arkansas School of Law (2009). Originally published in LOYOLA OF LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW JOURNAL 18 LOY. L.A. INT’L & COMP. L. REV. 81 (1995). Viewable at:

John C. Tucker, Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management in Florida: Obstacles and Opportunities, 13 FORDHAM ENVTL. L. J. 1 (2001).

John C. Tucker, Constitutional Codification of an Environmental Ethic, 52 FLA. L. REV. 299 (2000), reprinted in ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS AND LAW (Robert J. Goldstein, ed. 2004) (included in the series titled THE INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY (Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Aldershot, United Kingdom, ISBN: 0 7546 2313 0).