Field Sites

Much of the ecological and evolutionary research of the department occurs off-campus, some at nearby sites and some in remote places.  Studies of honeybee neurobiology require populations of bees, which we maintain on a rural property just outside Winston-Salem.  Plant physiologists travel regularly in our camper RV to the North Carolina barrier islands and beaches to work on photon harvesting by dune plants.  Population geneticists sample beetle, salamander, and squirrel populations throughout the Appalachians to our west, and bat biologists spend the summer in the Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona.  Internationally, plant systemacists travel the entire globe for genetic samples from blueberries and their relatives; ecologists conduct long-term research on grass and grazers in the Serengeti; plant ecologists continue a long-term study of climate change and plant communities in the Andes and Amazon of Peru; and three different groups carry out a diversity of studies in the Galapagos Islands.