Highlands Biological Station is open to visitors. Masks are still required in the Nature Center, but are no longer required on campus, including the Botanical Garden. Highlands Biological Station is offering academic and public programming this summer. 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.

Institute for the Environment Student Research Papers

Students enrolled in the fall semester of UNC-Chapel Hill’s IE program at HBS are expected to conduct a guided independent research project, as well as participate in a group capstone project. Each of these projects culminates in a final research paper; these are then compiled into annual IE research reports which can be accessed at the links below. Note that prior to 2007 the IE program was known as the Carolina Environmental Program. The program was not held in 2005, 2019, or 2020.

During Fall 2021, IE students took Remote Sensing and Landscape Analysis. As part of their course work they created a Story Map on the Station’s hemlock trees. Click here to read it!