Dr. Dennis Haney came to Furman in 1996 after finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Florida and completing a stint with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He is trained in the field of environmental and comparative physiology, or more specifically, the physiological responses of animals, especially fish, to environmental stressors. He is a strong advocate of undergraduate research, being a co-author on six publications and over 50 presentations at regional and national scientific conferences with Furman students. Overall, Dr. Haney has over 25 peer-reviewed publications and has helped to mentor the research of more than 200 Furman students. He is also a staunch supporter of the development of young faculty members, having created Furman's mentor program for new faculty, organizing and coordinating this program since its inception, and serving as Chair of Furman's Faculty Development Committee since 2010. Dr. Haney has been the Chair of the Biology Department since 2010, has served in leadership roles for the Association of Southeastern Biologists, and was named the Henry Keith and Ellen Hard Townes Professor of Biology for 2001-03.

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Seminar in Biology

Presentations of current topics in biology by students, faculty, and visiting scientists. Emphasis is on effective oral communication and critical examination of scientific information and ideas.


Biology and the Environment

The basic principles common to living organisms, with emphasis on environmental biology. Designed for non-science majors. Topics include: ecology, evolution, biodiversity, and environmental issues, plus a synopsis of cellular biology, genetics, and physiology.


Research and Analysis

Introduction to purposes and methods of scientific inquiry. Topics include: philosophy of science, research design, use of biological literature sources, fundamental laboratory techniques, statistical analysis, and survey of careers in biology. Laboratory includes designing, performing, and reporting on research projects.


Animal Physiology

Comparative and environmental animal physiology. Organ systems studied in invertebrate and vertebrate organisms, with emphasis on physiological adaptation. Laboratory topics include metabolism, respiration, osmoregulation, stress physiology.


Human Physiology

Molecular and cellular biology in first several sessions, followed by survey of the functions of the various organ systems in the human body. Laboratory involves studies of humans, using computerized data acquisition systems.


Marine Biology

Travel study course focusing on biodiversity, ecology and physiology of marine organisms, especially as they relate to organismal adaptations to the environment. Includes examination of the influences of humans on the marine environment.


Appld Human Clncl Physiology

Active, inquiry-based course serves to study of human physiology based on clinical data including enzyme levels, respiratory indicators, and cardiac indicators. Case-based physiology modules foster collaboration and discussion to expand on the typical physiology applied to various diseases, congenital issues, malformations, and syndromes. Case-study discussions will be supplemented with hands-on data acquisition including pulmonary function, cardiac output, stroke volume, pulse, and heart sounds.


Beer and Society

An examination of the ways in which beer production and use intersects with human culture. Topics will be addressed from the viewpoints of disciplines in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Course includes lab exercises and field trips.

Dr. Haney is an organismal comparative physiologist whose research is in the broad area of environmental physiology. This can be defined as the comparing and contrasting of physiological mechanisms, processes, or responses of different species of organisms under differing environmental conditions. His current research is a blend of field and laboratory work and focuses on the effects of current and historical land use on fish populations in the SC upstate. Dr. Haney's research program is interdisciplinary and involves collaborations with colleagues in Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences. For more information on his research program, please see the River Basins Research Initiative web site at http://rbri.furman.edu/.

*Denotes undergraduate coauthor

  • Van den Hurk, P., *J. Mierzejewski, *L. Gerzel, and D.C. Haney (2012). Fish health in the Reedy-Saluda watershed, as measured through biochemical markers. Proceedings of the 2012 South Carolina Water Resources Conference, held October 10-11, 2012 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 4pp.
  • Lewis, G.P., *Mitchell, J., Andersen, C.B., Haney, D.C., Liao, M-K, and Sargent, K.A., 2007, Urban influences on stream chemistry and biology in the Big Brushy Creek watershed, South Carolina: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, v 182, p. 303–23.
  • *Keaton, M., Haney, D.C., and Andersen, C.B., 2005, Impact of drought upon fish assemblage structure in two South Carolina piedmont streams: Hydrobiologia, v 545, p. 209-23.
  • Haney, D.C. and Walsh, S.J., 2003, Influence of salinity and temperature on the physiology of Limia melanonotata (Cyprinodontiformes: Poeciliidae): A search for abiotic factors limiting insular distribution in Hispaniola: Caribbean Journal of Science, v 39, p. 327-37.
  • Haney, D.C., *Harper, E.L., Kokkala, I., *Hunter, C., and Nordlie, F.G., 2003, Effects of salinity on blood oxygen carrying capacity and chloride cell proliferation in Cyprinodon variegatus: Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science, v 119, p. 13-25.
  • Worthen, W.B., Haney, D.C., *Cuddy, C., Turgeon, V.L., and Andersen, C.B., 2001, The effect of an industrial spill on the macrofauna of a South Carolina stream: physiological to community-level responses: Journal of Freshwater Ecology, v. 16, p. 467-77.
  • Worthen, W.B., *Blue, T., Haney, D.C., and Andersen, C.B., 2001, Larval abundance of Boyeria vinosa Say (Anisoptera: Aeshinidae) in the Enoree River basin, SC, USA: Chemical, physical, and biological correlates: International Journal of Odonatology, v. 4, p. 231-41.
  • Haney, D.C., 1999, Osmoregulation in the sheepshead minnow, Cyprinodon variegatus: Influence of a fluctuating salinity regime: Estuaries, v. 22, p. 1071-7! .
  • Haney , D.C., Nordlie, F.G., and Binello, J.F., 1999, Influence of simulated tidal changes in ambient salinity on routine metabolic rate in Cyprinodon variegatus: Copeia, v. 2, p. 509-14.
  • Nordlie, F.G. and Haney, D.C., 1998, Adaptations in salt marsh teleosts to life in waters of varying salinity. Italian Journal of Zoology, v. 65(suppl), p. 405-9.
  • Walsh, S.J., Haney, D.C., Timmerman, C.M., and Dorazio, R.M., 1998, Physiological tolerances of juvenile robust redhorse, Moxostoma robustum: conservation implications for an imperiled species. Environmental Biology of Fishes, v. 51, p. 429-44.
  • Walsh, S.J., Haney, D.C., and Timmerman, C.M., 1997, Variation in thermal tolerance and routine metabolism among spring- and stream-dwelling freshwater sculpins (Teleostei: Cottidae) of the southeastern United States. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, v. 6, p. 84-94.
  • Haney, D.C. and Nordlie, F.G., 1997, Influence of environmental salinity on routine metabolic rate and critical oxygen tension of Cyprinodon variegatus. Physiological Zoology, v. 70(5), p. 511-8.
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