SABEC Activities

Faculty Working with SABEC

Beverly Collins—(Director, SABEC) - plant community ecology; land use effects on vegetation dynamics;  disturbance ecology

Greg Adkison—plant ecology, evolution, and conservation

Peter Bates—(Program Coordinator, Natural Resources Management) - forestry and soil science

Joni Bugden-Storie—environmental studies and remote sensing

Kefyn M. Catley—science education; systematics and biology of spiders

James T. Costa—(Director, Highlands Biological Station) - evolutionary genetics and behavior of social insects

David Cozzo—(Program Director for the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources)Cherokee ethnobotany, human ecology of the Southern Appalachians

Ron Davis—wildlife ecology, GIS and remote sensing

Laura E. DeWald—ecological genetics; restoration ecology; conservation biology

Jeremy Hyman—behavior ecology; ornithology

Karen Kandl—ecological genetics, conservation biology, and evolution

Brian Kloeppel-carbon dynamics; ecosystem structure and function

Thomas H. Martin—population and community ecology of aquatic organisms

Kathy Gould Mathews—plant systematics

Erin McNelis—Mathematical biology and ecology

Seán P. O’Connell—microbial ecology; diversity of bacteria and archaea in soil and water

Joseph Pechmann—population and community ecology, herpetology, wetlands ecology.

Malcolm R. (Mack) Powell– (Biology Department Head) - host-pathogen interactions, with an emphasis on Chagas’s disease

Benjamin R. Tanner—stable isotope geochemistry, organic geochemistry, quaternary climate change and paleoecology

Collaborators and Adjunct Faculty
Gary Wein - Adjunct Assistant Professor; Director, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust
Paul Super - National Park Service Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center
Duke Rankin - National Forests in North Carolina
David Loftis – Bent Creek Experimental Forest
Henry McNab – Bent Creek Experimental Forest
Tara Keyser – Bent Creek Experimental Forest
Katie Greenberg – Bent Creek Experimental Forest

Advisory Committee
Dr. Pete Bates – WCU Geosciences and Natural Resources
Dr. Patricia Bricker – WCU College of Education and Allied Professions
Dr. Jim Costa – WCU Biology and Highlands Biological Station
Dr. Cathryn Greenberg – USFS Bent Creek Experimental Forest
Dr. Peter White – UNC-Chapel Hill


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