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Dr. Thomas E. Hancock

Asssistant Professor of Biology

Office: H-231
Phone: (910) 630-7470

Mailing Address:

Methodist University
Department of Biology
5400 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28311


  • Ph.D. - Wake Forest University (biology)
  • M.S. - University of North Carolina at Wilmington (marine biology)
  • B.S. - University of North Carolina at Charlotte (biology)

Undergraduate Teaching Areas

  • ecology
  • plant ecophysiology
  • conservation biology
  • coastal ecosystems

Research Interests

My research interests include the ecology and physiology of dune plants along the southeastern coast of the United States, in particular individual plant and population response to daily, seasonal and extreme episodic events (storms). I am also interested in barrier island conservation biology with a focus on deer populations, water quality, salt marsh functioning and dune response to global climate change.


  • soccer
  • running
  • camping
  • tennis

Current Projects

Hancock, T.E. and W.K. Smith. Dynamics and processes of barrier island dune vegetation in the southeastern United States: life in a transient environment at the land-sea interface

Amico, P.J., T.E. Hancock and D.R. Hall. Thirteen years of deer management on a southeastern North Carolina barrier island: census, lethal and non-lethal control

Walsh, R.F., T.E. Hancock and P.J. Amico. Effects of beach nourishment on fish and invertebrate communities at Bald Head Island, North Carolina

Amico, P.J. and T.E. Hancock. Assessing changes in dune structure on a southeastern North Carolina barrier island

McCall, C., P.J. Amico and T.E. Hancock. Bald Head Island beach nourishment and
groin field sustainability: a seventeen year review

Hancock, T.E. and P.J. Amico. Future trajectories for forest composition and health in Bald Head Woods, North Carolina with special emphasis on live oak (Quercus virginiana) and red bay (Persea borbonia)


DeGregorio, B.A., T.E. Hancock, D.J. Kurz and S. Yue. 2011. How quickly are road-killed snakes scavenged? Implications for underestimates of road mortality. Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Sciences. 127:184-188.

W. K. Smith, C. R. Brodersen, T.E. Hancock and D.M. Johnson. 2004. Integrating plant temperature measurement using heat-sensitive paint and color image analysis. Functional Ecology. 18:148-153.

W. K. Smith, M. J. Germino, T. E. Hancock, and D.M. Johnson. 2003. A more unified approach for interpreting elevational limits of upper timberlines. Tree Physiology. 23:1101-1112.

Hancock, T.E. and P.E. Hosier. 2003. Ecology of the Threatened Species Seabeach Amaranth (Amaranthus pumilus Rafinesque). Castanea. 68:236-244.

Hackney, C.T., S. Brady, L. Stemmy, M. Boris, C. Dennis, T. Hancock, M. O'Bryon, C. Tilton, and E. Barbee. 1996. Does intertidal vegetation indicate specific soil and hydrologic conditions. Wetlands. 16:89-94.