Highlands Field Site (HFS)
Students live in a restored home on the Highlands Biological Station grounds in the town of Highlands, N.C.(elevation 4,118 feet). The campus is well equipped for scientific investigations and education, with classroom and lab space, a fully equipped computer lab and a library. Students spend the semester becoming intimately familiar with the issues of the Highlands region, much of which lies within the Nantahala National Forest. Coursework is focused on mountain biodiversity and biogeography, theoretical and applied methods for the study of mountain ecology and conservation, and the social, political and ecological history of land use in the southern Appalachians. The program takes advantage of its proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Qualla Boundary (Reservation of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation), the Blue Ridge Parkway and other areas of interest to experience firsthand the complexities of the environmental issues of the southern mountains. The Carolina Photojournalism Workshop, rich multimedia experiences put together by photojournalism students, featured some of the research at the Highlands Field Site from 2005. This five minute video shows some great footage of the Highland's Biological Station.
The program, which is only offered in fall semesters, gives preference to rising UNC-Chapel Hill seniors, but rising juniors will also be considered. Students are encouraged to begin planning with their advisor during their sophomore year if they wish to go to the Highlands Field Site. The semester at the Highlands Field Site follows the same schedule as the University during the fall semester. It is expected that students will complete all the research and writing for their Capstone project during the time that they are at the Highlands Field Site.
Coursework for this field site would be suitable for students pursuing a concentration area in Ecology and Environmental Infrastructure.
Note that HFS students are required to complete an internship with a local organization or an independent study with a HFS faculty member.
Recent Student Publications
The following faculty are involved with the HFS:
Please visit the Institute's Awards & Scholarships page for more information on these awards
For more information about the Highlands Field Site, please contact Dr. Greg Gangi at 919-962-9805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org