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Dr. Charles Nelson
Emeritus Professor
Biological and Environmental Sciences
B.S. Zoology-University of Massachusetts; M.S. Entomology-Univeristy of Massachusetts; Ph.D. Entomology-University of Massachusetts

Years at UTC: 42

 

Research Interests

Systematics, morphology and evolution of the aquatic insect order Plecoptera (the stoneflies)

 

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Biology (Biology 121, 122)
  • Evolution (Biology 315)
  • Entomology (Biology 342)
  • Systematics (Biology 450)

 

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Acting Dean, College of Arts and Sciences (January 2006 – July 2007)
  • Head of the Department of Biological and Environmental  Sciences (1993 - 2007)
  • Head of the Department of Biology (1982 - 1993)
  • Acting Head of the Department of Biology (1981-1982)

 

University Committee Responsibilities

  • Chair, Evaluation and Development of Objectives Task Force Committee (1986- 1987)
  • President, Vice President, Corresponding Secretary-Alpha (University  Honor Society)
  • Member and sub-committee Chair, University Self-Study Steering
  • Committee (1988-1991)
  • Chair, Council of Academic Heads (1993 - 1994)
  • Chair, Search Committee for Dean of Arts and Sciences (1999 - 2000)
  • Chair, Search Committee for Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs (2001 - 2002)
  • Co-Chair,  University Planning Committee (2007-2008)  resulting in The Strategic Plan of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 2008 -2013.

 

Publications

Nelson, C. H. and J. F. Hanson.  1968.  Two species of Alloperla  (Plecoptera: Chloroperlidae) from China.  Jour. Kansas.  Entomol. Soc. 41(4):425-428.

Nelson, C. H. and J. F. Hanson.  1969a.  The external anatomy of Pteronarcys (Allonarcys) proteus Newman and Pteronarcys  (Allonarcys) biloba Newman (Plecoptera:  Pteronarcidae).  Trans. Amer. Ent. Soc. 94:429-472.

Nelson, C. H. and J. F. Hanson.  1969b.  The genus Utaperla (Plecoptera: Chloroperlidae). Pan-Pac. Entomol.  45(1):26-34.

Nelson, C. H. and J. F. Hanson.  1971.  Contribution to the anatomy and phylogeny of the Family Pteronarcidae.  Trans. Amer. Ent. Soc.  97:123-200.                                                                                                                                                                   

Nelson, C. H. and J. F. Hanson.  1973a.  The genus Perlomyia  (Plecoptera: Leuctridae).  Jour. Kansas Entomol.  Soc. 46(2):187-199.

Nelson, C. H. 1973b. Synopsis of the genus Chilenoperla  (Plecoptera:Gripopterygidae) Pan-Pac. Entomol.  49(4):315-324.

Nelson, C. H. and G. S. Van Horn.  1975.  A new simplified method for constructing Wagner Networks and the cladistics of Pentachaeta  (Compositae, Astereae).  Brittonia  27:362-372.

Nelson, C. H. 1976.  A new species of Isoperla  (Plecoptera:Perlodidae) from Tennessee. Jour. Kansas Entomol. Soc.  49(2):212-214.

Nelson, C. H., D. C. Tarter, and M. L. Little.  1977a.  Description of the adult male of Allonarcys comstocki  (Smith) (Plecoptera:Pteronarcidae). Ent. News.  88(1-2): 33-36.

Nelson, C. H. 1977b.  The position of “Leuctra” divisa Hitchcock within family Leuctridae (Plecoptera).  Ent. News 88 (9-10):235-240.

Nelson. C. H. 1978.  Recognition of convergence and parallelism on Wagner Trees. Systematic Zoology 27(1):122-124.

Nelson, C. H. 1979.  Hansonoperla appalachia, a new genus and a new species of eastern Nearctic Acroneuriini (Plecoptera: Perlidae), with a phenetic analysis of the genera of the Tribe.  Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am.  72:735-739.

Nelson, C. H. and B. C. Kondratieff.  1980.  Description of a new species of Alloperla  (Plecoptera: Chloroperlidae) from Virginia.  Jour.  Kansas Entomol. Soc. 53(4):801-804.

Nelson, C. H.  1982.  Notes on the life histories of Strophopteryx limata  (Frison) and Oemopteryx contorta (Needham and Claassen)  (Plecoptera: Taeniopterygidae) in Tennessee.  Jour. Tennessee Acad. Sci.  57(1):9-15.

Nelson, C. H., and B. C. Kondratieff.  1983.  Isoperla major, a new species of eastern Nearctic Isoperlinae (Plecoptera: Perlodidae).  Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am.  76:270-273.

Nelson, C. H. and R. E. Garth.  1984a.  Oxygen consumption of several species of Plecoptera. Jour. Tennessee Acad. Sci. 59(1&2):27-28.

Nelson, C. H.  1984b.  Numerical cladistic analysis of phylogentic relationships in Plecoptera.  Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 77(4):466-473.

Nelson, C. H. 1988.  Note on the phylogenetic systematics of the family Pteronarcyidae (Plecoptera), with a description of the eggs and nymphs of the Asian species.  Ann.Entomol. Soc. Am. 812(4):560-576.

Duffield, R. M., and C. H. Nelson.  1990.  Seasonal emergence patterns and diversity of Plecoptera on Big Hunting Creek, Maryland, with a checklist of the stoneflies of Maryland. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 92(1):120-126.

Nelson, C. H., S. M. Mayfield, and R. Garth.  1990.  The effect of temperature and body weight on the oxygen consumption rate of the nymphs of Pteronarcys scotti  Ricker and Acroneuria abnormis  (Newman) [Insecta: Plecoptera].  Jour. Tenn. Acad. Sci.  65(1):25-28.

Nelson, C. H. 1991.  Preliminary note on the comparative morphology of the stonefly pretarsus (Plecoptera).pp. 135-156.  In  J. Alba-Tercedor and A. Sanchez-Ortega [ed.], Overview and strategies of Ephemeroptera and Plecoptera. Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, Fla., pp.i-xiv, 1-588.

Duffield, R. M. and C. H. Nelson. 1993.  Seasonal changes in the stonefly (Plecoptera) component of the diet profile of the trout in Big Hunting Creek, Maryland, USA.  .Aquatic Insects 15:141-148.

Duffield, R. M., O. S. Flint, and C. H. Nelson.  1994.  Glossosoma verdona (Glossosomatidae:  Trichoptera) in the diet of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in Libby Creek, Wyoming, USA.  Jour. Kansas Entomol. Soc. 67(3): 277-282.

Kondratieff, B. C. and C. H. Nelson.  1995.  A review of the genus Remenus Ricker (Plecoptera:  Perlodidae), with the description of two new species.  Proc. Entomol. Soc.Washington 97 (3):596-602.

Turner, T. S., J. L. Pittman, M. E. Poston, R. L. Peterson, M. Mackenzie, C. H. Nelson, and R. M. Duffield.  1996.  An unusual occurrence in West Virginia of Stoneflies  (Plecoptera) in the pitcher-plant, Sarracenia purpurea L. (Sarraceniaceae).  Proc. Entomol. Soc. Washington, 98(1): 119-121.

Nelson, C. H.  1996.  Placement of Helopicus rickeri  Stark in Hydroperla Frison (Plecoptera:  Perlodidae) with the description of the adult female, nymph, and egg and a cladistic analysis of Hydroperla.  Proc. Entomol. Soc. Washington, 98(2): 237-244.

Nelson, C. H.  1996.  Analysis of Plecopteran assemblages along an altitudinal gradient in the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee.  Jour. Tenn. Acad. Sci. 71(2): 29-35.

Collins, L.T. and C. H. Nelson.   1997.  Species Identification and Systematics. In  .C. Glase [ed.], Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching.  Proceedings of the 18th Workshop Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), 315-320.

Duffield, R. M. and C. H. Nelson.  1997.  Note on Stoneflies (Plecoptera), particularly Prostoia besametsa (Ricker) (Nemouridae), in the diet of salmonids from the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the South Platte River, Colorado.  Proc. Entomol. Soc. Washington 99(2): 374-375.

Nelson, C. H.  1997.  Descriptions of the female, nymph, egg and redescription of the male of Amphinemura mockfordi (Plecoptera:Nemouridae).  Ent. News 108(2): 107-112.

Duffield, R. M. and C. H. Nelson. 1998. Stoneflies (Plecoptera) in the diet of brook trout  (Salvelinus fontanilis  Mitchell) in Libby Creek, Wyoming, USA.  Hydrobiologia 380: 59 - 65.

Nelson, C. H.  2000.  Pteronarcyidae.  In  Stoneflies (Plecoptera) of Eastern North America.  Stark, B. P. and B. J. Armitage (eds.).  Ohio Biological Survey., Bull. New Series 14 (1):29 - 39.

Nelson, C. H.  2001.  The Yugus bulbosus  complex, with a comment on the Phylogenetic relationships of Yugus  within the eastern Nearctic Perlodini (Plecoptera, Perlodidae, Perlodinae).  Proc. Entomological Soc. Wash.ington 103(3):601 - 619.

Stewart, K. D., C. H. Nelson, and R. M. Duffield. 2001.  Novel occurrence of stoneflies (Plecoptera) in the diet of the red-spotted newt, Notophthalamus viridescens.  Entomological News 112 (4):225 -230.

Nelson, C. H., R. Hamilton IV, and R. M. Duffield. 2002. Confirmed records of Leuctra variabilis Hanson and Alloperla usa Ricker in Maryland (Plecoptera, Leuctridae, Chloroperlidae) with additional comments on the former species.  Entomological.  News 113 (2): 137-139.

Collins, L. T., R. P. Bell,  C. H. Nelson. 2005.  Laboratory Manual for Solomon, Berg, and Martin’s Biology Seventh Edition.  Thomson, Brooks/Cole. 337 p

Tarter, D. C. and C. H. Nelson.  2006.  A revised checklist of the stoneflies (Plecoptera) of West Virginia (USA).  Proc. Entomological Soc. Washington 108(2): 429-442.

Smith, M. B.,  J. Conley, C. [H.] Nelson and T. J. Gaudin 2008.  First record of the water shrew, Sorex palustris, from Graham County, North Carolina.  Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science, 124(2): 61-62.

Nelson, C. H.  2008. Hierarchical relationships of North American states and provinces: An area cladistic analysis based on the distribution of stoneflies (Insecta: Plecoptera).  Illiesia 4(18):176 – 204.

Nelson, C. H.  2009. Surface ultrastructure  and evolution of tarsal attachment structures in Plecoptera (Arthropoda: Hexapoda), pp. 523 – 545.  In Stanczedk, A. H., (ed.) Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Ephemeroptera and the 16th International Symposium on Plecoptera, Stuttgart, 2008. Aquatic Insects, International Journal of Freshwater Entomology 31, Supplement 1: 1-741.

Schorr, M. S., M. C. Dyson, C. H. Nelson, G. S. Van Horn, D. E. Collins and S. M. Richards.  2013. Effects of stream acidification on lotic salamander assemblages in a coal-mined watershed in the Cumberland Plateau.  Journal of Freshwater EcologDOI:10.1080/02705060.2013.778219, pp. 15.

Wolfe, D., M. Schorr, M. Hanson, C. H. Nelson, and S. M. Richards.  2015.  Hazzard assessment for pharmaceutical mixture detected in the upper Tennessee River using Daphnia magna. Global Journal of Environmental Science and Management 1(1):1=14.

Nelson, C. H.  2016.  About the frequency distributions of variously sized genera and various sized families in Plecoptera (Insecta) classification. pp. 67-81 In M. Yoshimura and Y. Takemon (eds). International Progress in Ephemeroptera and Plecoptera Research.  Biology of Inland Waters, Supplement 3, i-vi, 1-171.

 

Presentations

Nelson, C. H.  Application of quantitative cladistics to phylogeny in Plecoptera.  Current Plecoptera Studies with an Emphasis on Nearctic Fauna.  Presented to special  Interest Group 23.  First International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado.  1973.

Nelson, C. H.  Congruence between classical and numerical cladistic methods in constructing cladograms of the family Pteronarcidae (Insecta:  Plecoptera).  Eighty-third meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science, 1973.  (Abstract Published: Jour. Tennessee Acad. Sci.  49(2):56).

Nelson, C. H.  Numerical  taxonomic analysis of relationships in Plecoptera.  Fifth International Symposium on Plecoptera, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C., (Abstract Published: Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 88(38):410-411).

Nelson, C. H.  Numerical cladistics of the Plecoptera.  Thirty-seventh  meeting of The Association of Southeastern Biologists, 1976.  (Abstract Published: The ASB Bull.  23(2):83).

Nelson, C. H.  Description of the adult male of Allonarcys comstocki  (Smith) and re-examination of Phyletic Relationships with the Family Pteronarcidae  (Plecoptera).  Eighty-sixth  meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science, 1976. (Abstract Published:  Jour. Tennessee Acad. Sci.  52(2):72).

Nelson, C. H.  Re-examination of phyletic relationships within the family Pteronarcidae (Insecta:  Plecoptera).  Thirty-eight  meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, 1977.  (Abstract Published:  The ASB Bull.  24(2):73).

Nelson, C. H.  A new genus and species of Perlidae from The Great Smoky Mountains (Plecoptera)  Fortieth meeting of The Association of Southeastern Biologists, 1979. (Abstract Published:  The ASB Bull.  26(2):82).

Nelson, C. H.  Notes on the post-diapause life history of two species Taeniopterygidae (Insecta: Plecoptera) with a description of the mature nymphs.  Forty-second meeting of The Association of Southeastern Biologists, 1981.  (Abstract Published: The ASB Bull. 28(2):94).

Nelson, C. H.  Numerical cladistic analysis of phylogenetic relationships in Plecoptera.  Tech Aqua Upper Cumberland Biological Station, 1983.  Invited Seminar.

Nelson, C. H.  Numerical cladistic analysis of phylogenetic relationships in the Family Pteronarcyidae (Insecta: Plecoptera).  Forty-sixth meeting of The Association of Southeastern Biologists, 1985. (Abstract Published:  The ASB Bull.  32(2):64).

Nelson, C. H.  Cladistics.  Department of Biology, Western Kentucky University, 1986.  Invited Seminar.

Nelson, C. H.  Emergence patterns and stonefly diversity in a Great Smoky Mountain river drainage system in Tennessee.  Forty-eighth meeting of The Association of Southeastern Biologists, 1987.  (Abstract Published:  The ASB Bull.  34(2):114).

Nelson, C. H.  Workshop on computer packages for phylogenetic analysis.  Second North American Plecoptera Symposium, Mississippi College, Jackson, MS., 1988.

Nelson, C. H. and R. M. Duffield.  Stonefly emergence patterns in a Maryland stream.   Fiftieth meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, 1989. (Abstract Published: The  ASB bull. 36(2): 103).

Nelson, C. H.  Footnote to Plecopteran phylogeny;  Preliminary note on the comparative anatomy of the stonefly pretarsus.  Xth  International Symposium on Plecoptera, Granada, Spain, 1989.

Nelson, C. H. and R. M. Duffield.  Seasonal changes in the selection of stonefly prey by brown trout (Salmo trutta) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in a Maryland  stream.  Third North America Plecoptera Symposium, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1991.

Nelson, C. H. Analysis of Plecoptera assemblages along an altitudinal gradient in the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee.  XIth International Symposium on Plecoptera, Tomahawk, Wisconsin, 1992.

Nelson, C. H. and R. M. Duffield.  Trout Predation on Plecoptera in the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the South Platte River, Colorado.  Fourth North American Plecoptera Symposium, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1994.

Nelson, C. H.  Note on Tennessee’s rare stonefly Helopicus rickeri Stark (Insecta:Perlodidae).  Eightieth meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science and one hundred fifth meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science, 1995.   (Abstract Published: Jour. Tennessee Acad. Sci. 71(1): 25).

Hamilton, R. IV, C. H. Nelson, and R. M. Duffield.  Occurrence of Plecoptera and Megaloptera in the American Pitcher Plant Sarracenia purpurea L.  Fifty-seventh  meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, 1996.  (Abstract Published:  The ASB Bull.  43(2): 146).

Nelson, C. H.  Description of the female, nymph, egg and redescription of the male of Amphinemura mockfori (Ricker)(Plecoptera:Nemouridae).  One hundred sixth meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science, 1996.

Nelson, C. H.  Review of the genus Yugus (Perlodinae:Perlodini).  Fifth North American Plecoptera Symposium.  Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Canada, 1997.

Nelson, C. H., C. White, and A. Stapleton.  Exploratory analysis of Plecoptera phylogeny using the 18s and ITS-1 sequences of rDNA.  Sixth North American Plecoptera Symposium.  Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 2000.

Stewart, K. D., C. H. Nelson, and R. M. Duffield.  Novel occurrence of stoneflies (Plecoptera) in the diet of the Red-Spotted Newt, Notophthalmus viridescens.  Sixty-second  meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, 2001.  (Abstract Published: Southeastern Biol. 48(2): 135).

Nelson, C. H.  Testing scenarios: Stonefly drumming behavior.  E. O. Grundsett Lecture Series, Biology Department, Southern Adventist University, 2001. Invited speaker.

Nelson, C. H.  Morphology of the hammer region of Pteronarcys (Plecoptera: Pteronarcyidae) and a review of hypotheses concerning the number of origins for this region in Systellognatha.  Seventh North American Plecoptera Symposium.  Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison, Colorado, 2003.

Nelson, C. H.  Ultrastructure of the Pteronarcys hammer (Insecta: Plecoptera: Pteronarcyidae) and testing hypostheses concerning the number of origins of this structure in Systellognatha. Sixty-fifth  meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, 2004. (Abstract  Published:  Southeastern Biol.  51(2): 163).

Nelson, C. H.  Saving the Earth’s Species.  Commencement  Address. Two hundred and Seventeenth Commencement of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee, December 19, 2004.

Nelson, C. H.  Hierarchical Pattern of North American Plecopteran species distributions using states and provinces as areas of endemism.  Eigth North American Plecoptera Symposium. Illinois Natural History Survey and the University of Illinois at Dixon Springs Agricultural Experimental Station, Illinois, May 2006.

Nelson, C. H.  Surface Ultrastructure of the Tarsus and Pretarsus of Plecoptera (Hexapoda: Arthropoda). XVI International Symposium on Plecoptera, XII International Conference on Ephemeroptera,  Staatliches Museum fur Naturkunde, Stuttgart, Germany, June 8 – 14, 2008

Nelson, C. H. Note on the Diura population of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, USA. North America Plecoptera Sympsium 9, Sagehen Creek Field Station, University of California, Truckee, CA, June, 2009.

Nelson, C. H.  About the frequency distributions of variously sized genera and various sized families in Plecoptera (Insecta) classification.  Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Ephemeroptera and the 17th International Symposium on Plecoptera, Wakayama, Japan 3-9 June 2012

Nelson, C. H.  The frequency  distributions in variously sized extant genera and various sized  Extant families in Plecoptera (Insecta) Classification.  North America Plecoptera Symposium 10. Sieg Center Field Station Lock Haven University, PA, June 2013

Nelson, C. H. Notes on the external cephalic anatomy of the suborder Antarctoperlaria (Plecoptera). North American Plecotpera Symposium 11. Timp Lodge, Brigham Young University, Provo May 2016.