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Biology Students and Faculty Present at Conference for the Association of Southeastern Biologists (April 2012)

Photo of faculty and students of the Biology Department who attended the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists during April 2012

The annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) has become a habit for several members of the Biology Department.  Six members of the faculty and two students attended the 73nd Annual Meeting of the ASB, held on 4-6 April 2012, in Athens, Georgia. The meeting venue was the Georgia Center (run by university students) on the campus of the University of Georgia.

Photo of Zach Barthel and Dr. Leon JerniganUNCP Environmental Science major Zachary Barthel presented his research poster on the use of LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) imagery to predict successional stages of forests in Hoke County, North Carolina. His co-authors on the poster were Drs. Ryan Emanuel and Leon Jernigan, and undergraduate alumni Caleb Sutton and Doshie Smith. Zach’s mentor Dr. Jernigan, and Environmental Science major Andrew Sutton also attended the meeting. (Pictured to the left are Zach Barthel and Dr. Leon Jernigan)

Four members of the biology faculty gave oral presentations:

Photo of Dr. Andrew AshDr. Andrew Ash
(Herps – an informal science education curriculum to promote herpetological education, conservation and public engagement in underserved communities in North Carolina; co-authored by Catherine E. Matthews and Ann B. Somers of UNC Greensboro, and Terry M. Tomasek of Elon University). Dr. Ash is Past President of the ASB.

Photo of Dr. Rita Hagevik

Dr. Rita Hagevik

(Preservice elementary teachers’
understandings of sustainable development)



Photo of Dr. Debby Hanmer

Dr. Debby Hanmer

(Maximizing study abroad experiences for
college students in Costa Rica)


Photo of Dr. Lisa KellyDr. Lisa Kelly

(The vascular flora of Sampson’s Landing, Robeson County, North Carolina; co-authored by biology alumna Elizabeth Workman)

(Photo to the left from the annual meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science)

Photo of Drs. Rita Hagevik, Debby Hanmer, and Bonnie KelleyThe Department’s Dr. Bonnie Kelley (past ASB vice president) served on the Silent Auction Committee, which brought in a record $5000, as conference attendees bid on donated items ranging from hand-made baskets, to jewelry, to bottles of wine. Emma Lucy Braun’s original classic text, Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America, fetched a staggering $500.

(Pictured to the left: Drs. Rita Hagevik, Debby Hanmer, and Bonnie Kelley)

Always a meeting highlight, this year’s Thursday night social (titled The Devil Went Down to Georgia) featured the live band “The Highballs.” Some biologists know how to have fun.

The plenary speaker, Dr. David Schimel, Chief Science Officer and Principal Investigator for National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), addressed the use of remote sensing in mapping the planet’s biota. The meeting featured three symposia and numerous paper and poster sessions. Next year’s meeting of the ASB will be held on April 10-13 in Charleston, West Virginia.

Photo of Silent Auction items at the ASB meeting Photo of Dr. Bonnie Kelley, Zach Barthel, Dr. Leon Jernigan, Andrew Sutton, and Dr. Debby Hanmer Photo of Biology Department people having lunch in restaurant in Athens, Georgia


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