Highlands Biological serves as living laboratory

A dozen students studying everything from mountaintop forests to river basins are currently living at the Highlands Biological Station, enrolled for the semester through the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment.

This year, focus is on the “Health of the Headwaters” initiative, in which students examine issues through their coursework in relation to the Blue Ridge Escarpment headwater streams and groundwater dynamics. Students live and study at the biological station from late August through mid-December, with an emphasis on fieldwork and experiential learning. They’re also required to complete an internship with a local organization or independent study with a faculty member.

HBS Associate Director Sarah Workman, Ph.D., serves as field coordinator.

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