In addition to our research projects, the following research/volunteer opportunities are currently available to students. If you are interested, please contact the instructor listed to learn more.

Allison Woods
The following projects are available at this site:

1. Cataloging of the smaller fishes (or all fishes) in the lake.

2. Exploring the spread of native rivercane in the bottom. Up until about 2 years ago it was a grassy, clear understory; in the last two years the cane has exploded throughout the bottom. Why?

3. Characterizing the changes in the plant community from the uplands to the river bottom. The difference is quite visible qualitatively; it would be interesting to quantify it.

4. Herons vs. Egrets. We never see them at the same time… chance, feeding strategies/time of day, competition, or ???

5. Water quality changes – we can go all the way from the spring to the S Yadkin, through numerous lakes. I suspect that the water warms in the lakes, but does it shed some of the heat in the streams sections? Also, part of the stream below the lake is drawn from a lower level of the lake – does this create an artificially cooled stream, or does it resemble other streams in the area that have not been heated through retention in a lake/pond?

Contact Parks Collins at pcollins@mitchellcc.edu if interested.

UNCC Biology Research Lab– Students will be working on independent research projects under the supervision of Dr. Adam Reitzel during the summer term.

Please contact Parks Collins at pcollins@mitchellcc.edu if interested.

Oak Springs Girl Scout Camp
The following projects are available at this site:

1. The 24-acre lake at the Oak Springs Girl Scout Camp is now nearly fully impounded. One of the next items on the list is to put together a bluebird trail in the area. This would involve the construction of 12-15 bluebird boxes (complete with predator guards) and then installing them around the lake and adjacent areas. Surveys are then run on the bluebird trail to collect information on population dynamics

2. Animals like some reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals are best inventoried by installing coverboards in a variety of different habitats around the Oak Springs Camp and then inventorying them seasonally. This passive way of assessing herptile and mammal numbers is quite effective and provides information on such secretive species as spotted salamanders, marbled salamanders, slimy salamanders, ring-neck snakes, Fowlers’ toads, worn snakes, racerunners, voles, moles, etc. Surveys are then conducted and the data compared from year to year.

Contact Parks Collins at pcollins@mitchellcc.edu if you are interested

Independent Generation of Research
Whether you are looking for research ideas or are just looking for some guidance for the ideas you already have, post your questions at the IGoR site. IGoR’s goal is to help everyone do original scientific research. Everyone from hobbyists to professional researchers can share ideas, build collaborations, and inspire others.

IGoR will help:

  • Non-scientists and students get started in research
  • Science teachers bring research to the classroom
  • Amateur scientists take their science to a new level.
  • Independent scientists fill gaps in their skills and resources.
  • Academic scientists connect with a broader community