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Summer Immersion Program


The Highlands Biological Station, an inter-institutional research center of the University of North Carolina, is offering its 2014 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.org or call 828-526-2602.


2014 Schedule:



Biology & Conservation of Birds (May 12-24) with Dr. Richard Bierregaard, UNC-Charlotte

Mammals of the Southern Appalachians (May 26-June 7) with Dr. Edward B. Pivorun, Clemson University

Climate Change Ecology (May 26-June 7) with Dr. Robert J. Warren, Buffalo State

Field Methods in Medical Entomology (June 9-21) with Dr. Brian Byrd, Western Carolina University

Biology of Plethodontid Salamanders (June 9-21) with Dr. Joseph Pechmann, Western Carolina University, and Dr. Kenneth Kozak, University of Minnesota

Biology of Southern Appalachian Fishes (June 23-July 5) with Dr. Mollie Cashner-Woltmann, APSU

Conservation Genetics of Salamanders (July 7-19) Dr. Joseph Apodaca, Warren-Wilson College

Spiders of the Southern Appalachians (July 7-19) with Dr. Kefyn Catley, Western Carolina University

Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies & Caddisflies (July 21-Aug. 2; or Aug. 4-16) with Dr. John Morse, Clemson University

Fleshy Fungi of the Highlands Plateau (Aug. 4-16) Dr. Andrew S. Methven, Eastern Illinois University



Intro. to Natural Science Illustration (May 5-9) with Dr. Lore Ruttan, Lore Ruttan Illustration

Sedges (Carex) of the Southern Appalachians (May 19-23) with Dr. Dwayne Estes, Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) and Austin Peay State University

Literary Journeys through the Western North Carolina Landscape: An exploration in cultural and natural history through fiction, non-fiction, and poetry (June 2-6) with Mr. Brent Martin, Wilderness Society

Buds, Berries & Bark: Wild shrub identification and natural history in the Highlands region (July 21-25) with Dr. Larry Mellichamp (UNC-Charlotte)

Butterflies & Moths of the Southern Appalachians (July 21-25) with Dr. David Alsop, Queens College (Emeritus)

Southern Appalachian Insects (July 28-Aug. 1) with Dr. David Alsop, Queens College (Emeritus)


Cost and Credit Information

Course fee: $700 per 2-week course (**$600 for students from HBS member institutions**)

Workshop fee: $350 per 1-week workshop (**$300 for students from HBS member institutions**)

Course credit: Summer courses can be taken for 3 semester hours credit, workshops can be taken for 1 hours credit, through either UNC-Chapel Hill or Western Carolina University for an additional fee

Housing: $75-150/week depending on accommodations.

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



Michelle S. Ruigrok

Program Assistant, Highlands Biological Station

265 N. 6th St. | Highlands, NC 28741

Tel: (828) 526-2602 | Fax: (828) 526-2797



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

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