Earn three credits in two weeks, while immersing yourself in the beautiful environment and climate of the southern Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina.

The Highlands Biological Station, an inter-institutional research center of the University of North Carolina, is offering its 2015 series of summer courses and workshops that can be taken for undergraduate OR graduate credit toward your academic program.  The following list of field-based courses and workshops are focused on the diversity of organisms in the region with special emphasis on identification and collection techniques as well as principles of evolution, ecology and conservation.  Scholarships, Grants-in-aid of research for graduate students, and summer internships also available. Highlands, North Carolina, is located in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, at an average elevation about 3,800 feet, and situated near the Nantahala National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Appalachian Trail, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  For more information and to apply, visit www.highlandsbiological.orgor call 828-526-2602.

2015 Schedule:
Courses (2 weeks):
Flora of the Blue Ridge (June 1-13) with Dr. Paul Manos, Duke University Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies & Caddisflies (June 15-26; June 29-July 10) with Dr. John Morse, Clemson University Conservation Biology in the Field (June 22-July 3) with Dr. Peter White, UNC-Chapel Hill Applied Landscape Conservation of Amphibians (July 13-24) with Dr. Ray Semlitsch, University of Missouri; Dr. Bill Peterman, University of Illinois Forest Ecosystems of the Southern Appalachians (July 20-Aug. 1) with Drs. Stephanie Jeffries, North Carolina State University; Alan Weakley, UNC-Chapel Hill; Julie Tuttle, Duke University Evolution in the Blue Ridge for science educators (Aug. 3-14) with Dr. Kefyn Catley, Western Carolina University (WCU); Dr. Jim Costa, Highlands Biological Station & WCU; Dr. Louise Mead, BEACON Center of Michigan State University

Academic Workshops (5 days)
Biology & Identification of Ferns (May 25-29) with Dr. Joey Shaw, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Molecular Methods (May 25-29) with Dr. Indrani Bose, Western Carolina University Biology & Diversity of Myriapoda (June 1-7) with Dr. Jason Bond, Auburn University; Dr. Paul Marek, Virginia Tech; Dr. Petra Sierwald, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago; Dr. William Shear, Hampden-Sydney College Introduction to Lichens  (June 15-19) with Dr. James Lendemer, NY Botanical Garden; Jessica Allen, New York Botanical Garden and The City University of New York
Literary Journeys Through the Western North Carolina Landscape (July 13-17) with Mr. Brent Martin, The Wilderness Society Bryophyte Identification (Aug. 3-7) with Dr. Paul Davison, University of North Alabama

Non-Academic Workshops
Rare Lichen Identification (June 11-13) with Dr. James Lendemer, NY Botanical Garden; Jessica Allen, New York Botanical Garden and The City University of New York Natural Science Illustration in Black & White (June 29-July 3) with Dr. Lore Ruttan, Lore Ruttan Illustration Natural Science Illustration in Color (July 6-10) with Dr. Lore Ruttan, Lore Ruttan Illustration
Blooms, Berries & Buds: Recognizing Our Native Flora (July 20-24) (July 20-24) with Dr. Larry Mellichamp, UNC-Charlotte
Introduction to Southern Appalachian Fleshy Fungi & Their Identification (July 27-31) (July 27-31) with Mr. Jay Justice, Mycologist; Dr. Richard Baird, Mississippi State University Automation of Environmental Sensing (Aug. 10-14) with Mr. John Kauffman, Arlington, VA Public Schools

Check website for course applications, cost and credit information, housing options, detailed descriptions, and prerequisite requirements:  http://www.highlandsbiological.org/summer-2014/

Mission: To foster research and education focused on the rich natural heritage of the Highlands Plateau.

 

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