Lady Slipper Speaker Series at Brevard College
“Why is There Such High Biodiversity in the Southern Appalachians?”
Presented by Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Brevard College
Featuring: Dr. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert of Brevard College
Date: Tuesday, April 25 Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Brevard College, Brevard, NC: McLarty-Goodson 125
Did you know that our Southern Appalachians are considered a biodiversity hot-spot? The Southern Appalachians boast some of the highest biodiversity in the world and are legendary for their magnificent variety of spring wildflowers.
Dr. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert of Brevard College will describe some of the diversity that exists in the region among both plants and animals and will explain which factors contribute to the region’s biodiversity. You'll be glad to learn that all that rain is good for something!
Dr. Frick-Ruppert is the Dalton Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Brevard College, where she has taught since 1997 and is the current chairperson of the Science and Math division. She earned her Ph.D. in Zoology from Clemson University in 1995. In addition to teaching a full load, she is a well-published author! Her works are known for their quality and lively writing style. In 2010, she published “Mountain Nature: A Seasonal History of the Southern Appalachians”, a finalist for the Phillip Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing about the Southern Environment. She followed that up in 2015 with “Waterways: Sailing the Southeastern Coast”, which tells the story of a sailing expedition she and her husband made from Charleston, SC to Lake Worth, FL and finally to the Bahamas before sailing back to Beaufort, SC!
We are excited to welcome such a well-traveled and locally active writer and professor to our podium! Find out, “Why is There Such High Biodiversity in the Southern Appalachians?” with us on Tuesday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m.