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Dr. Marcus Tanner is the Founding Program Director for Integrative Studies at Texas Tech University. Both his education and life experiences are interdisciplinary. Before working in higher education, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and spent 13 years in full-time pastoral ministry. He earned a Master’s degree in Education and an interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Development and Family Studies. He is credited with developing the Integrative Studies undergraduate program at Texas Tech which is available as both an online and on campus program. He administrates the program and teaches the foundations and capstone courses.
His research interests are interdisciplinary and include the interaction of ministry work and family, work and health concerns, and program assessment. He has published primary research on forced termination of clergy and its effects on clergy and their families. His publications can be found in interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journals as well as trade publications and organizational newsletters.
He is a current member of AIS and serves as the Chair for the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies National Honor Society (Alpha Iota Sigma). He also serves as the founding president of a non-profit organization he and his wife, Michelle, started.
My research is rooted in community ecology, predicting and explaining species distributions and dispersal in aquatic systems. I am particularly interested in forecasting biological invasions– the movement of species beyond their historic native ranges– and conducting research that advances methodologies for the study and management of invasive species and the communities they impact. I utilize a broad set of tools to address many different types of ecological questions, so my research approaches include predicting species occurrence with species distribution models and geographic information systems (GIS), detecting rare species through environmental DNA (eDNA) surveillance, and investigating species impacts through field observations and laboratory experiments.