Hear research presentations at the Highlands Biological Station

out highlandsCollege students who spent the past semester doing research at the Highlands Biological Station will present their findings at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the seminar room of the Coker Laboratory, 265 N. Sixth St., Highlands.

The public is invited to this closing ceremony to hear what the students have discovered during their participation in the Highlands Field Site program offered by the UNC-CH Institute for the Environment. Eleven students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and one from North Carolina State University participated in the semester-in-residence program that provided hands-on research opportunities in the area. The coursework included mountain biodiversity, landscape analysis (GIS), conservation biology, southern Appalachian culture, and research.

Each student conducted an internship project with a mentor from other local conservation organizations who guided them in their research. This year’s students worked with staff from Coweeta Hydrologic Lab, the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, Highlands Nature Center, the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, Mississippi State University, United States Forest Service, and The Wilderness Society. As a group, the students also conducted a “Capstone” research project under the guidance of Steve Foster from Watershed Science Inc. in Franklin, studying the ecology and health of Caney Fork, a tributary to the Tuckasegee River. 

www.highlandsbiological.org or 828.526.2602

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