The Tennessee Environmental Conference honors the memory of Paul Hayden by presenting an annual award in his name to an individual that demonstrates similar leadership and vision. Paul was an environmental steward who worked tirelessly to conserve and protect waters of East Tennessee. Late in his career he was honored by Tusculum College who dedicated an education wetland in his name.


The application should include a current resume’ and a short paragraph addressing the award criteria above. Email your application to Mark Braswell, by January 11, 2019. If you have any questions, Mark’s telephone number is (423) 854-5459.

Past Winners


Jennifer A. Bauer

            Mrs. Bauer was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She relocated to beautiful East Tennessee not long after graduating from high school. She soon became immersed in the beauty and the biology of the S. Appalachian Mountains and found herself wanting to learn all she could about this very diverse environment. Jennifer A. Bauer has worked with TN State Parks for 38 years as a naturalist and interpretative specialist. She has been Park Manager of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton, TN since 2003. Of the utmost importance to her in her professional and personal life, is becoming a good environmental and cultural educator, coupled to a strong belief in the importance of conservation and preservation. She has taught “Natural and Historical Interpretation” classes at ETSU. Presently, she teaches “Introduction to Biology” for non-majors and “General Biology” at Northeast State Community College. During her time with TN State Parks, she has been instrumental in all aspects for the exhibit/museum design of the Interpretive Center at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. Additionally, she held a leadership role working alongside TN Historical Commission for research, restoration and planning for Sabine Hill. She has received historical commission grants including archaeological research and historic paint analysis at the Carter Mansion. She’s written articles for the Elizabethton Star, Overmountain Press, History Press and The Tennessee Conservationist. Additionally, she has written five books about the naturalist and cultural history of Southern Appalachia. In her "spare" time, she finds herself weaving, learning the banjo, watercolor painting, clogging, and being outdoors as much as possible. Most importantly, she loves to spend as much time as possible with her two daughters, 3 granddaughters, and her husband.



Phillip Scheuerman

A native of Ohio, Scheuerman came to the ETSU College of Public and Allied Health in 1986 and currently serves as director of the environmental health sciences laboratory. He holds a B.S. degree in microbiology and an M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering sciences from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

His professional memberships include Sigma Xi, American Society for Microbiology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, International Water Association and Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Scheuerman has completed numerous consulting projects on water quality across the Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia region. Since 1990, he has delivered more than 35 presentations at national meetings and has had his research published in several noted scholarly journals. His research focus includes:

Research Focus

  • Environmental Microbiology & Water Quality

  • Fate and Transport of Pathogens in Soil and Water

  • Indicators of Fecal Pollution in Soil and Water

  • Environmental exposure assessment and Risk Analysis of Pathogen

  • Environmental monitoring and remediation using microbial activity.



Fred J. Alsop III

World-class ornithologist Dr. Fred Alsop says, “I’ve been teaching for 42 years, and I’m still having a good time.”

A professor in the ETSU Department of Biological Sciences, Alsop likes to tell students who take one of his classes on birds, “This class will change your life,” and it does. “From then on,” he points out, “those students won’t notice just ‘birds,’ but individual species. They will hear birdsong and know who is singing. The students may go on to careers that have nothing to do with my class, but they will have knowledge and a possible hobby to carry with them throughout their lives.”

Frederick Joseph Alsop, III Ph.D. is an ornithologist and a professor of biological sciences at East Tennessee State University. He received his doctorate in zoology from the University of Tennessee, and specializes in the ecology, distribution, life history, and taxonomy of birds. An avid field biologist and birder, he has identified more than 3,200 species of birds worldwide.

Alsop also spent years training Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and federal personnel about bird identification and habitat management. For this service, he was presented with the Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s highest honor, the Z. Cartter Patten Award.

The author of 18 books, Alsop compiled the definitive bird book for the state of Tennessee.

Of his own lifelong birding hobby, Alsop says, “There are some 10,000 species of birds in the world. I have been fortunate enough to look for them in 18 countries, often when I am leading a group of fellow bird lovers. So far, I have seen and identified 3,600 of those species.”