Highlands Biological Station buildings remain closed to visitors with the exception of limited visitor hours for the Nature Center.  HBS Botanical Garden trails remain open, and in accordance with University policy masks and physical distancing are required on the HBS campus.  Highlands Biological Station currently plans to offer academic and public programming in summer 2021, observing University mandated Covid-19 safety protocols.  For the safety of the HBS summer community, before being permitted to work or study at HBS prospective summer students, teaching faculty, and researchers must provide documentation of (1) having received a Covid-19 vaccine or (2) a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of planned arrival.  Please see the HBS website for full summer 2021 Covid-19 safety policies and procedures, and bear in mind that University policy and HBS program plans are subject to change in light of developments with the pandemic this spring. 

Important Information for HBS Researchers

HBS has facilitated field biology research for over 90 years, providing high-quality research, meeting, and residential facilities, field and lab equipment, data sets, and access to a diversity of field sites.  In addition to information regarding Facilities and Equipment, Field sites, and Housing options, researchers should please note the following in preparation for working at the Highlands Biological Station:

Permits. Researchers are expected to secure the appropriate Federal or State permits if they seek to conduct research in the nearby National Forests or National Parks.  A permit from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission may be required as well.  Copies of all required permits must be provided to HBS prior to commencing research at HBS.

IACUC. In accordance with Federal law, researchers planning on conducting any work involving vertebrates at HBS must have an IACUC application approved by the HBS Animal Use & Care Committee prior to undertaking their research.  We recognize that researchers working with vertebrates go through the IACUC process at their home institution.  However, HBS cannot accept other institutions’ approved IACUC applications, but has a responsibility to require an IACUC application specific to proposed research based at or supported by HBS.  IACUC applications should be submitted at least 2 months prior to the anticipated start of research to allow for committee review.  Click here for Downloadable IACUC Application and instructions.

Data Management Policy. Researchers basing their work wholly or in part at HBS are expected to adhere to the HBS Data Management Policy for Researchers.

Acknowledgement & Research Products. Researchers making use of HBS facilities are asked to kindly acknowledge their HBS research support explicitly in the “acknowledgements” or financial support section of all publications stemming from their work at the Station, including theses/dissertations and scientific papers. Researchers are further requested to please promptly provide PDFs of all such publications, and consider sending a print copy of your thesis or dissertation to be added to the E. E. Reinke Library.  More than standard academic etiquette, such acknowledgement is vitally important for institutions like HBS, helping us both gauge the impact of our research support and document scientific productivity stemming from HBS support for university reporting, grant proposals, and more.