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Supporting Science at the Bio

by Charlotte Muir

The Highlands Biological Foundation’s grants program allows deep research into the Plateau’s natural heritage.

For over 50 years the Highlands Biological Foundation has provided grants in support of scientific research, bringing graduate students and research scientists to Highlands from all over the country.

In just the past 15 years, over $300,000 in Grants-in-Aid have been awarded.

Vetted by the Highlands Biological Station’s Board of Scientific Advisors, these grants make it possible for researchers to conduct their research in residence at HBS, fostering an active research corps each summer that benefits all station users. Our Grant-in-Aid program is a model of success, yielding hundreds of graduate theses and thousands of scientific papers over the years.

These researchers live on campus at the Station and conduct their field work all over the Highlands Plateau and Southern Appalachians. With HBS as a basecamp, they are able to gather relevant data, work in our labs, and collaborate with our scientific community. We frequently host repeat Grant-in-Aid recipients for multiple summers as they complete their research.

In the summer of 2019, the Foundation awarded Grants-in -Aid to six worthy recipients:

Michelle D’Aguillo (PhD student, 5th year; Duke University)

Habitat tracking through germination phenology in two southern Appalachian Phacelia species;

Jason Doll (Faculty, University of Mount Olive) Little Tennessee River basin fish and mussel survey;

Meaghan R. Gade (PhD student, 3rd year; Ohio State University)

Evaluating the physiological responses of terrestrial salamanders to climate change;

Philip Gould (PhD student, 3rd year; Ohio State University)

Evaluating salamander density and diet to better understand aquatic-terrestrial links;

Mike Osbourn (Faculty, Appalachian State University)

Combined impacts of multiple environmental stressors on southern Appalachian salamanders;

Carter Ricks (MS student, 2nd year; Western Carolina University)

Determining the elevational range of Cheoah Bald salamanders (Plethodon cheoah): What is the role of interspecific aggression?

For more information about Grants-in-Aid or other programming at the Highlands Biological Station, visit highlandsbiological.org or call us at (828) 526-2221.

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