The Highlands Biological Station is including three summer courses of interest to Ichthyologists and Herpetology:
Biology of Plethodontid Salamanders
Dr. Joseph Pechmann, Western Carolina University
Dr. Kenneth Kozak, University of Minnesota
The southern Appalachians are renowned for the diversity of their salamander fauna. This course acquaints students with plethodontid salamanders and shows how studies of these animals have enhanced our understanding of such major evolutionary and ecological topics as the reconstruction of evolutionary histories, species concepts, life history evolution, and community structure. Each topic will include lectures, field and laboratory exercises, and discussions of original research papers. Field trips to significant salamander locations in different southern Appalachian mountain ranges highlight the course.
Biology of Southern Appalachian Fishes
Dr. Mollie Cashner–Woltmann, APSU
June 23-July 5, 2014
The southern Appalachians supports one of the richest fresh water fish faunas in North America and is part of an extensive southern/southwestern area that has well over 600 species. This larger region has been compared to a tropical rain forest in terms of its diversity, which is not equaled by any other temperate area. The course will focus on the biology, evolution, biogeography and diversity of fishes primarily in the Southern Appalachians. During this course students will collect fishes from Appalachian streams, identify fishes in the field and lab, and conduct behavioral observations both underwater and at bank side. Daily lectures will enhance and compliment the field experiences.
Conservation Genetics of Salamanders
Dr. Joseph Apodaca, Warren-Wilson College
July 7-19, 2014
The field of conservation genetics is rapidly emerging as an exceedingly vital component of conservation biology. This course focuses on salamanders, one of the most endangered vertebrate groups in the world, to immerse students in the fundamentals and cutting edge techniques, theories, and issues surrounding conservation genetics. Throughout the course, students will become familiar with how to design, carry out, and interpret a conservation genetics study. Students will also become acquainted with commonly used laboratory techniques and current literature pertaining to the conservation genetics of salamanders.
For more information about course prerequisites, fees, housing, financial aid, and how to apply, visit www.highlandsbiological.org/summer-2014/.
Credit for all courses is available through either UNC-Chapel Hill or Western Carolina University. Students may take courses for credit through these institutions and then transfer the credit to their home institution. 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 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 are also available. Highlands, North Carolina, is located in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, at an average elevation of 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.