Currently Professor of Biology, Dr. Steve Murphree joined the Belmont University faculty in August of 1991. He is a native Tennessean and holds a Ph.D. in entomology from Auburn University. Dr. Murphree is a medical-veterinary entomologist with broad interests in ecology and the history of science. He is a frequent writer for the Tennessee Conservationist.
Dr. Murphree has visited many classrooms and nature centers and taught Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies children’s summer camps since 1992. He has been interviewed about arthropods by the media. Dr. Murphree has served as president of the Tennessee Entomological Society and the Tennessee Academy of Science. He has received Belmont’s Presidential Faculty Achievement Award. He has been named the Tennessee Environmental Education Association’s Environmental Educator of the Year and Science Educator of the Year for Higher Education by the Tennessee Science Teachers Association. Dr. Murphree and his wife, Kay, and four children live in Murfreesboro.