In accordance with Western Carolina University’s policies in response to Covid-19, Highlands Biological Station is currently closed to the public with the exception of the Botanical Garden trails, but does remain open to researchers and faculty on a limited basis; please contact the HBS office (828-526-2602) for information on reservations, rates, and Covid-19 policies.  We currently plan to offer our field courses, workshops, Grant-in-Aid program, and HBS Nature Center programs in summer 2021, with Covid-19 safety protocols in place (TBA).​ Please bear in mind, however, that University policy and HBS program plans are subject to change in light of developments with the pandemic this winter and spring, and those interested in attending HBS courses or programs or utilizing HBS facilities in spring or summer 2021 should check the HBS website regularly for updates.

To schedule a program, please contact:

M. PATRICK BRANNON, OUTREACH EDUCATION SPECIALIST

Highlands Nature Center
265 N. 6th Street
Highlands, NC 28741
Phone: (828) 526-4123  |  Fax: (828) 526-2797

EDUCATION

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

PUBLICATIONS

  • Brannon, M.P., J.K.H. Brannon, and R.E. Baird.  2017.  Educational applications of small mammal skeletal remains found in discarded bottles.  Southeastern Naturalist 16(Special Issue 10):4-10.  (pdf)
  • 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. (pdf)
  • 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.