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Biology Archive

Research explores effects of a warming climate on the region’s Christmas tree industry

BOONE—Local Christmas tree farms are providing a backyard laboratory for Dr. Howard Neufeld, an Appalachian State University biology professor who is interested in how a warming climate might affect the tree industry’s future. The information he hopes to glean is important because it can help tree farmers make decisions regarding future plantings and farm locations.

Bräuer receives Fulbright-Saastamoien Foundation Award

BOONE—When Suzanna Bräuer travels to Finland in January, she will combine lifelong interests that began when she was a school student: science, international travel and learning foreign languages.

Appalachian awarded more than $2.5 million from NSF for 12-state biodiversity database project

BOONE—Professor Zack E. Murrell is leading a multi-state, $2.545 million project to create a digitized database of more than 3 million plant specimens from across the Southeast.

Assistant professor combines passions for public service and research

BOONE—A stint in the Peace Corps combined with an interest in plant biology helped solidify the research interests of Dr. Matt Estep, an assistant professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Biology.

Appalachian professor part of NSF research team studying Earth’s biological biodiversity

BOONE—Assistant Professor Michael Madritch from Appalachian State University’s Department of Biology is part of the National Science Foundation’s “Dimensions of Biodiversity” program. The goal of the decade-long NSF program is to transform how Earth’s biological diversity is described and understood by the year 2020.

Greenhouse spring plant sale May 16-18

BOONE—The Appalachian State University biology greenhouse spring plant sale will be held May 16-18 at the greenhouse located off State Farm Road.

Second session added to April 20 gardening

BOONE—Learn about the selection and care of winter hardy pastel perennials and a few shrubs during a gardening class April 20 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Appalachian State University Department of Biology Greenhouse off State Farm Road.

Program on the facts about evolution presented May 2

BOONE—Evolution can be a hot topic. Dr. Jerry A. Coyne from the University of Chicago will present facts about the science of evolution May 2 at Appalachian State University. His talk, “Why evolution is true and why Americans deny it,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom. The public is invited.

N.C. State scientist to discuss climate change Feb. 21

BOONE—Award-winning N.C. State University scientist Dr. Robert Bruck will discuss “Climate Change – the Critical Thinking Factor” Thursday, Feb. 21, from 4-5 p.m. in Grandfather Mountain Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union. The public is invited.