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Professor Erika Young Returns to the Biology Department
(August 2011)

Photo of Erika YoungProfessor Erika Young returned to teach in the Biology Department, this fall, after a three-year hiatus. With a new Master's degree in hand, she initially joined the Biology faculty in 2005. In May 2008, she resigned her position to pursue a predoctoral fellowship in marine sciences at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, which was sponsored by the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP). She Photo of Erika Young with fish netreceived a Native American Incentive grant in the fall of 2008, whereby she promptly began doctoral coursework in the Marine Science Department at UNC-Chapel Hill. Upon completing the coursework in spring 2009, she relocated to Morehead City, where she would undertake research and work in the laboratories at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences.

Photo of Erika Young with a fish netYoung studied the effects of bulkheading on salt marshes, and she assessed the role of oysters in maintaining healthy marsh ecosystems by sampling nektonic species and by observing marsh birds. In the laboratory, she experimentally examined the effects of oyster biodeposits and the ecological role of oysters in marsh ecosystem services.

As a UNCP alumna, Young’s connections to the Biology Department reach back into time, much earlier than her first teaching position in 2005. As the former Erika Yates, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (with tracks in Zoology, Botany, and Environmental Biology) in the year 2000.

The new graduate was accepted into Graduate School at Western Carolina University, where she studied dragonflies, and in 2003, she received a Master’s degree, having completed the thesis --- Observations on the Odonata of a Stream Bog Complex in Panthertown Valley, North Carolina.

Professor Young is currently teaching BIO and BIOL 1000 Principles of Photo of Erika Young viewing marsh birdsBiology and Lab and also BIO 1020 General Zoology for the Department of Biology. She will teach these same courses in the spring of 2012, plus the new course for non-majors -- BIO 1060 Exploring Life’s Diversity.



Photo of Erika Young holding a large fish
It’s good to have you back, Professor Young.







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