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2023 Highlands Field Site Capstone Presentation

December 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Testing for microplastics.

Microplastics in Southern Appalachian Headwater Streams: Assessing Atmospheric, Hydrological and Biological Connections.

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Assessing the health and recruitment status of the southern-most stand of Red Spruce.
Nikita Mcclure, Paige Hannam & Caroline Tintinger
Mentors: Gary Kauffman (USFS, National Forests of North Carolina) and Maria Dunlavey (USFS, Nantahala National Forest) 

Tracking alternative reproductive tactics in two-lined salamanders
Adriana Kirk & Nicole Barret
Mentor: Todd Pierson, Kennesaw State University

Using drones to assess efficacy of Motus towers in detecting tags
Connor Phillips & Elise Trexler
Mentors: Troy Walton (UNC-CH) and Rada Petric (UNC-CH)

Wildlife use of degraded and reference bottomland wetlands in the Little Tennessee River floodplain
Susie Cantonwine and Rose Deconto
Rada Petric (UNC-CH), Juliet Spafford (UNC-CH), Reagan Jarrett (WCU), and Jason Love (Highlands Biological Station, WCU)

Bat occupancy of abandoned mine shafts in western North Carolina
Zoë Heard & Sydney Sibillia
Mentors: Rada Petric (UNC-CH), Juliet Spafford (UNC-CH), and Jason Love (Highlands Biological Station, WCU) 

Understanding factors driving autumn Whitetail Shiner migrations into tributaries
Zach Laibinis & Tayton Alvis
Mentors: Bill McLarney (Mainspring Conservation Trust) and Jason Meador (Mainspring Conservation Trust) 

Small mammals of the southern Appalachian Mountains
Niya Friday & Danielle Mou
Mentors: Robbie Burger (University of Kentucky) and Rada Petric (UNC-CH)



December 14, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm