Board of Directors
The Highlands Biological Station (HBS) is a Multi-campus Center of the University of Western Carolina University consisting of academic research, teaching, and residential facilities as well as a natural history museum (Highlands Nature Center) and a 12-acre native plant botanical garden (Highlands Botanical Garden). The Highlands Biological Station is primarily University-supported, with additional funding provided by grants, program revenue, and the non-profit Highlands Biological Foundation, Inc. Our mission is:
To foster research and education focused on the rich natural heritage of the Highlands Plateau, while preserving and celebrating the integrity of the “biological crown of the southern Appalachian Mountains.”
HBS realizes its mission of education and research broadly through (1) support of scientific research and graduate training, (2) an annual program of accredited field biology courses for undergraduate and graduate students as well as hosting visiting academic groups, and (3) a diverse outreach programming for regional K-12 schools and the local community.
Administrative oversight of HBS is provided by the Office of the Provost at Western Carolina University, to which the Executive Director and Board of Directors report. The HBS Board of Directors, consisting of representatives from UNC-affiliated and non-UNC colleges and universities, works with the Executive Director on Station management and policy.
Current HBS Board of Directors:
Dr. James T. Costa
HBS Executive Director & Department of Biology, Western Carolina University
Dr. Patrick Abbot (Chair)
Professor of Biology, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Andy Ash
Professor of Biology, UNC-Pembroke
Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell
Department of Biology, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Dr. Paul Manos
Department of Biology, Duke University
Dr. Tom Martin
Department of Biology, Western Carolina University
Dr. Howard Neufeld
Department of Biology, Appalachian State University
Dr. Matthew Parrow
Department of Biological Sciences, UNC-Charlotte
Dr. Brandon Schwab, Associate Provost, Western Carolina University
Ms. Julia Grumbles, President, Highlands Biological Foundation, Inc.