I am a conservation biologist that focuses on how to conserve biodiversity at both the broad and local scale. My research centers around incorporating various techniques to gain a better understanding of how to effectively manage habitat in a way that enhances biodiversity. Specifically, I use genetic, ecological, and spatial data to inform management plans for imperiled amphibians and reptiles.
I am a zoologist with broad interests in ecology, evolution, and behavior. I have interests in coral reef ecology and conservation, but my active research primarily focuses on a little known group of animals called “water bears” (Phylum Tardigrada). I have studied this group in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as part of the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory. To date, my team and I have discovered 77 new records of tardigrade species for the park, including 13 species new to science.
I am self-proclaimed generalist at heart, fascinated by the wonderful breadth of biology and natural history, and have pursued specific study in plant ecology, evolution and plant-animal interactions. My most recent research has focused on plant-pollinator interactions and floral biology.
I am an applied aquatic ecologist by training, but have research interests that extend more broadly. I have mentored more than 100 undergraduate research projects over my years at Warren Wilson, many of them in water pollution assessment, wastewater treatment, and aquaculture. More recently I have a developed an interest in mycology and using fungi for food production, waste treatment, and bioremediation.
I am an agroecologist with broad interests at the interface of farming, ecosystems and human society. My work has ranged from applied on-farm agronomic research on cover crops and tillage reduction, to population genetics of crop plants, to econometric modeling of farmer behavior in an international context. I am interested in participatory and community-based research approaches. I will be working closely with working lands managers at Warren Wilson College to develop projects on campus.
I am a physical chemist whose research interests span the range from materials science to natural products chemistry. Recently, students have worked with me developing novel applications of nano-materials as well as investigating the effects of growing conditions on the concentrations of medicinal compounds found in plants native to the Southern Appalachians.
The focus of my personal research is developing next-generation solar cells. Students can join me in this work (in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden Colorado) or I am happy to advise students in a variety of other areas including physics topics, food science, and nanotechnology.
I am a Veterinarian with a PhD in Applied Animal Behavior. I generally mentor students who are interested in studying the behavior of domestic animals, including our campus cows, pigs, sheep and chickens. I also work with students following their own specific interests, such as raccoon food handling, bird diversity in Golden Gate Park, aromatherapy for kenneled dogs, feeding choices of free ranging cows in India, and vocal analyses of tree frogs.
I am a silviculturist who specializes in the regeneration ecology of hardwood forests, especially the population dynamics and physiological responses of non-woody forest plants following forest canopy removal. I work with students on projects involving invasive plant species, forest medicinals (ecology, management, chemical constituents), forest management plans, agroforestry, carbon sequestration by forests and regeneration ecology.
I am a biochemist who studies protein expression and inhibition. Students who work with me will have the chance to pursue projects related to natural protein inhibitors and protein expression in cancer.
I am a wildlife ecologist and conservation biologist. My research centers on the impact of climate and land use change on wildlife, particularly mountain-dwelling mammals. Many of the questions I investigate address plant-animal interactions in a changing world, exploring topics such as changes in distribution, phenology, and foraging preference due to global change.
I am licensed professional geologist with 25 years of professional experience in groundwater, energy, and pollutant fate and transport. My research interests include groundwater and surface water interaction and the fate of inorganic constitutions.
My background is in microbiology and genetics. I’m interested in projects about either weird organisms or weird biology, like whether single celled brain parasites drive shrews to open spaces before killing them.
I am a botanist who studies the evolution of plant reproductive strategies and plant phenology. Students who work with me pursue projects relating to mating system evolution, plant-pollinator interactions, plant phenology, and plant responses to stressful environments.
I am an organic chemist with interests including bioorganic chemistry and chemical biology, particularly involving peptides. I work with students on projects that include small-molecule synthesis, isolation and characterization of natural products, and biochemical assays.