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. 

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.