Eve Brantley - Auburn University College of AgricultureEve Brantley

Extension Specialist & Associate Professor

Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences



2008 Ph.D., Auburn University (School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences)
1995 M.S., Clemson University (Forest Resources)
1993 B.S., Berry College (Biology)

Professional Experience

2014 – present Associate Professor, Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, Water Resources Specialist, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
2009-14 Assistant Professor, Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, Water Resources Specialist, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
2002-09 Agriculture Program Associate, Alabama Cooperative Extension System Water Program
2000-02 Agriculture Program Associate, Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center & Alabama Sea Grant

Honors and awards

2016 Cahaba River Society Watershed Conservation Development Award, ‘Trussville Civitan Park Restoration Project’
2015 Auburn University College of Agriculture Dean’s Grantsmanship Award
2015 Auburn University Spirit of Sustainability Faculty Award
2014 Auburn University College of Agriculture Dean’s Grantsmanship Award, Auburn University
2014 Governor’s Conservation Award, Water Conservationist of the Year, Alabama Wildlife Federation
2014 National Finalist, Communication Award, Bound Book, National Association of County Agricultural Agents
2014 National Extension Education poster finalist, National Association of County Agricultural Agents
2012 Director’s Award for Extension Excellence, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
2012 Auburn University College of Agriculture Dean’s Grantsmanship Award, Auburn University

professional affiliations

Alabama Section, American Water Resource Association, Incoming President
Soil and Water Conservation Society
Alabama Association of County Agriculture Agents and Specialists


Research Activities

Applied research to support needs of Alabama and the southern region includes riparian buffer systems, stream enhancement assessment, and innovative stormwater management.

extension activities

Extension water resources covers a broad area of interest that includes agricultural, urban, personal, and community wide concerns. We coordinate watershed restoration and management workshops in Alabama and southern region. More than 200 workshops have been conducted on watershed restoration, innovative stormwater management practices, and watershed management. An estimated 3,000 natural resource professionals have participated in these hands-on trainings. In partnership with the ACES Water Program, over 30 demonstration stormwater practices have been implemented and more than 10,000 linear feet of stream have been enhanced or restored.

Courses taught

CSES 5080/6080 Soil Resources and Conservation

Select Publications

  • Helms, B., J. Zink, D. Werneke, T. Hess, Z. Price, G. Jennings and E. Brantley. 2016. Development of Ecogeomorphological (EGM) Tools for the Piedmont of Alabama, USA. Water Special Issue: Stream Ecosystems and Restoration: Linking Bioassessments to Improved Planning and Design Strategies. Water, Vol. 8, Issue 4, 161.
  • Turner, I., E. Brantley, C. Anderson, J. Shaw, and B. Helms. 2015. Floristic composition of Alabama Piedmont floodplains across a gradient of stream channel incision. American Midland Naturalist. Vol. 174, Issue 2, pp. 238-253.
  • Simpson, A., I. Turner, E.F. Brantley, and B. Helms. 2014. Bank erosion hazard index as an indicator of near-bank aquatic habitat and community structure in a southeastern Piedmont stream. Ecological Indicators. Vol. 43, pp. 19-28.
  • Hunolt, A., E.F. Brantley, J.A. Howe, A.N. Wright, C.W. Wood. 2013. Comparison of native woody species as live stakes in streambank stabilization in the southeastern USA. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. Sept/Oct Vol. 68, No. 5, pages 384-391.
  • Christian, K., A. Wright, J. Sibley, E.F. Brantley, J. Howe, M. Dougherty, and C. LeBleu. 2012. Phosphorus uptake by Muhlenbergia capillaris, a rain garden plant, under flooded and non-flooded conditions. Journal of Environmental Horticulture Dec 2012
  • Mitchell, J, B.G. Lockaby, and E.F. Brantley. 2011. Influence of Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense) on Decomposition and Nutrient Availability in Riparian Forests. Invasive Plant Science and Management: October-December 2011, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 437-447.
  • Conner, W.H.; Inabinette, L.W.; Brantley, E. F. 2000. The use of tree shelters in restoring forest species to a floodplain delta: 5-year results. Ecological Engineering 15 (2000) S47-S56.