James Costa, Western Carolina University professor of biology and executive director of Highlands Biological Station, will present his new book, “Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory,” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at MadStone Cafe & Catching Light Books.
Every Thursday this month, weather permitting, 22 students from Cullowhee Valley School will wade into the water, take samples of aquatic life, and record observations and data while conducting research as part of an afterschool activity led by the Western Carolina University biology department and the Highlands Biological Station.
Thanks to a contribution of $20,000 from the Barstow Foundation, Western Carolina University has created a scholarship and fellowship fund in tribute to the late Bob Zahner, former trustee of Highlands Biological Station.
The rich biodiversity surrounding Highlands Biological Station attracts researchers from around the world, and Scott Higgins, dean of the Graduate School and Research, takes pride knowing Western faculty are among them. Higgins just wishes more of the students conducting research at the nearby interinstitutional research station in Highlands were Catamounts.
Mention the phrase “insect society,” and most folks automatically think of such natural phenomena as the bee hive, the ant colony, the wasp nest or the termite mound – structured civilizations characterized by a precise division of labor among their six-legged citizens.