Contact the Nature Center

For information about Highlands Nature Center, please contact:

M. Patrick Brannon, Head Naturalist

Highlands Nature Center
PO Box 580/930 Horse Cove Road
Highlands, NC 28741
Phone: (828) 526-2623  |  Fax: (828) 526-2797
E-mail:  pbrannon@email.wcu.edu

Nature Center Autumn Hours (September 9 – November 8):  

Tuesday – Friday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm; Saturdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Weekday mornings are reserved for school outreach programming.

Botanical Garden Trails are open every day until sunset.

 

Education:

M.S. in Biology (Ecology), Appalachian State University 1997
B.A. in Biology, University of North Carolina – Asheville 1992

Publications:

  • Brannon, M. P., E. C. Allan, and M. C. Silinski.  2014.  Terrestrial salamander abundances along and within an electric power line right-of-way.  Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 130(2): 40-45.  (pdf)
  • Brannon, M. P. and L. B. Bargelt.  2013.  Discarded bottles as a mortality threat to shrews and other small mammals in the southern Appalachian Mountains.  Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 129(3):126-129. (pdf)
  • Brannon, M. P., M. A. Burt, D. M. Bost, and M. C. Caswell.  2010.  Discarded bottles as a source of shrew species distributional data along an elevational gradient in the southern Appalachians.  Southeastern Naturalist  9(4):781-794. (pdf)
  • Brannon, M.P.  2009.  An additional record of the least shrew, Cryptotis parva, from Macon County, North Carolina.  Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science  125 (2):85-86.  (pdf)
  • Brannon, M.P., and B.A. Purvis.  2008.  Effects of sedimentation on the diversity of salamanders in a southern Appalachian headwater stream.  Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 124 (1):18-22. (pdf)
  • Brannon, M.P.  2006.  Natural history notes: Bufo a. americanus (Eastern American Toad) leucism. Herpetological Review 37(3):333-334.
  • Brannon, M.P.  2005.  Distribution and microhabitat of the woodland jumping mouse, Napaeozapus insignis, and the white-footed mouse, Peromyscus leucopus, in the southern Appalachians.  Southeastern Naturalist 4 (3):479-486.  (pdf)
  • Brannon, M.P., and S.R. Rogers.  2005.  Effects of canopy thinning by hemlock woolly adelgids on the local abundance of terrestrial salamanders.  Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 121 (4):151-156.  (pdf)
  • Brannon, M.P. 2002. Distribution of Sorex cinereus and S. fumeus on north- and south-facing slopes in the southern Appalachian mountains. Southeastern Naturalist 1(3): 299-306.  (pdf)
  • Brannon, M.P. 2002. Epigeal movement of the smoky shrew (Sorex fumeus) following precipitation in ridgetop and streamside habitats. Acta Theriologica 47 (3): 363-368.   (pdf)
  • Brannon, M.P., N.D. Moncrief, and R.D. Dueser. 2001. New records of reptiles from the Virginia barrier islands.Banisteria 18:42-43.
  • Brannon, M.P. 2000. Niche relationships of two syntopic species of shrews, Sorex fumeus and S. cinereus, in the southern Appalachian mountains. Journal of Mammalogy 81(4): 1053-1061.
  • Petranka, J.W., M.P. Brannon, M.E. Hopey, and C.K. Smith. 1994. Effects of timber harvesting on low elevation populations of southern Appalachian salamanders. Forest Ecology and Management 67:135-147.