Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.39
Liaison Brian Liechti
Submission Date Aug. 24, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Warren Wilson College
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.77 / 12.00 Alison Climo
Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Institutional Effectiveness
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
JJ Apodaca, PhD: Conservation Biology
Paul Bartels, PhD: Biology
Amy Boyd, PhD: Biology
Mark Brenner, PhD: Biology & Environmental Studies
John Brock, PhD: Chemistry/Physics
Stephen Cartier, PhD: Chemistry/Physics
David Coffey, PhD: Chemistry/Physics
Dave Ellum, PhD: Forestry/Environmental Studies
Geoffrey Habron, PhD: e-Portfolio & Environmental Studies
Alisa Hove, PhD: Biology
Susan Kask, PhD: Economics/Environmental Studies
Amy Knisley, PhD: Environmental Studies
Laura Lengnick, PhD: Sustainable Agriculture/Environmental Studies
Jessa Madosky, PhD: Conservation Biology
Mallory McDuff, PhD: Environmental Studies

Division of Social Sciences
Kathryn Burleson, PhD: Psychology
Siti Kusujiarti, PhD: Sociology/Anthropology
Lucy Lawrence, PhD, MSW: Social Work
Jill Overholt, PhD: Outdoor Leadership

Division of Fine Arts & Humanities
Catherine Reid, PhD: Creative Writing

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

Review of Faculty annual reports

A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Amy Boyd, PhD, (Biology) used her sabbatical to complete a floristic survey of the Sandy Bottom Wetland Preserve in Buncombe County, NC, data that will aid in preservation efforts of this local wetland.

Meanwhile, she enters the 21st year of a long-term research project studying the patterns of growth and mortality in the endangered Nichol's Turk's Cap cactus in Ironwood Forest National Monument, AZ.

Alisa Hove, PhD, (Biology) and her collaborating researchers continue investigating the joint evolution of drought escape and mating system in Clarkia.

In addition, Hove, along with J.J. Apodaca, PhD, (Conservation Biology) begins investigating incipient speciation in response to environmental stress. This is a new collaborative project among Warren Wilson College and researchers at Clemson University that will use population genetic tools to analyze genetic diversity and mating systems in Micranthes petiolaris. They will also compare climatic variables and ecophysiological traits (e.g., photosynthetic rates, water use efficiency) among populations.

Apodaca has received grants toward using conservation genetics to create a broadly applicable habitat management plan for the critically endangered Bog Turtle. He also bring his expertise to the community worldwide as National Chair of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation-PARC, the largest amphibian and reptile conservation group in the world); and shares his knowledge locally as
Chief Conservation Scientist of WildSouth, a regional conservation group).

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