Biology Student Research Abroad

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Save Endangered Species with UNC Asheville Student Research Abroad

Next summer, UNC Asheville biology students have the opportunity to travel abroad to participate in research expeditions, taking lessons learned in the classroom to make a significant impact on the conservation efforts of some of the world’s most endangered species.

We are challenging our Biology alumni and friends to help us raise $5,000 to send two students abroad next summer, completely covering their expenses and making this life-changing research opportunity accessible to more deserving young researchers.

What will your gift do?

Save the Silver Boa: $2,500 sends a student to research the world’s most endangered Boa Species in the Bahamas.

Students travel to the central Bahamas, where they join a team of scientists, conservationists, and veterinarians from the North Carolina Zoo and Bahamas National Trust, led by Dr. Reynolds from UNC Asheville. They participate in expeditionary field work to study the biology of this newly discovered species and help scientists as they devise a strategy to prevent its extinction. During the expedition, students learn a brand-new technology for sequencing DNA in real-time in the field to generate conservation genetic data from the Silver Boas to help determine the genetic health of the population.

Tracking Endangered Species in the Turks and Caicos Islands: $2,500 enables a student researcher to help save the Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana and the Turks and Caicos Boa.

Working alongside Dr. Reynolds and the San Diego Zoo, students track and monitor endangered species of reptiles on a remote island in the Turks and Caicos Islands. One of the last strongholds for biodiversity in the region, the island is home to the largest and most important remaining populations of the Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana and the Turks and Caicos Boa. The island also abounds with other species such as flamingoes, ospreys, kestrels, geckos, walking stick insects, and so much more. Students work directly alongside conservation scientists and veterinarians from the San Diego Zoo to help save these species. 

Give today and you change the lives of talented student researchers and animals on the brink of extinction.


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