UNCP Biology Department is Represented at ASB Conference
Long a point of attraction for the UNCP Department of Biology, the 74th Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) managed to draw three members of the biology faculty and one undergraduate student. The turnout for the Department was not nearly as large as in times past, but it was respectable. The meeting convened on 10-12 April 2013 in the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
Drs. Andrew Ash (ASB past president), Leon Jernigan, and Lisa Kelly, and undergraduate biology major, Betty Haughn, attended the meeting, and were treated to a plenary address and several poster and oral presentations.
Dr. Ash presented a talk based on his NSF-supported research collaboration that engages children in herpetology education. The talk, which was entitled "A demographic analysis of participants at The Herp Project HREs (Year 1, 2012)," was coauthored by Lacey D. Huffling, Terry M. Tomasek, and Ann B. Somers.
Betty Haughn presented a research poster
on the trophic ecology of invasive fire ants.
Betty’s research was supported by a grant from the Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Center's Undergraduate Scholar Assistantships (PURC USA) program. UNCP coauthors on the poster were Drs. Lisa Kelly, Wm. Bruce Ezell, and Lee Phillips and, from the University of Virginia, Stephen Macko.
This year’s meeting was attended by ~ 800 people. Next year’s meeting
is scheduled for April 2-5 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Above: The conference attendees took a wildflower hike in Charleston, WV, and visited Pilot Mountain during their return trip.
Updated: Thursday, May 2, 2013
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