Dennis Haney

Professor of Biology

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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.


  • Ph.D., University of Florida
  • M.S., Oregon State University
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego


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 https://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.