About Research Associates

The North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) benefits from research efforts and collaboration of individuals not regularly in its employment. In this context, NCBG seeks to develop a network of collaborating researchers conducting scientific inquiry into the natural world. These “Research Associates” can be regularly employed or free-lance scholars, using their own financial resources for investigating research questions that are similar in scope and focus as NCBG research staff. By making Research Associate (RA) appointments, NCBG recognizes the contributions of these individuals, indicates the association of the appointee with NCBG, and establishes a basis for preferential use of the Garden’s facilities as deemed appropriate and authorized by the institution and in accordance with its rules and regulations.

What is a Research Associate?

A Research Associate is an individual who engages professionally in NCBG’s research program; conducts original scientific research; publishes in scientific peer-reviewed journals and more popular venues; presents the results of their research at professional meetings and more popular outlets; contributes to the growth and development of the UNC herbarium; provides service activities to NCBG and for the larger scientific community; and represents NCBG both within and outside the institution with professionalism, collegiality, integrity, and respect for others. RAs will conduct their research and other activities in accordance with the NCBG Mission Statement. RAs will normally have a Ph.D. in a field that accords with NCBG’s Mission. RAs may conduct tasks onsite at NCBG but are primarily based elsewhere, often either a university or a non-profit institution similar to NCBG.

Become a Research Associate
Read our Research Associate policies and procedures and apply to become one.
Apply for a Research Permit
Apply for a permit to perform research or collect specimens on NCBG administered lands.

Current Research Associates

Herbarium Associates

Patricia Gensel, Ph.D., Biology Department, UNC-CH,  Curator of Fossils
Max Hommersand, Ph.D., Biology Department, UNC-CH,  Curator of Macroalgae
H. Van T. Cotter, Ph.D., Mycology
Paul Gabrielson, Ph.D., Phycology
Mark Garland, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Douglas Goldman, Ph.D., USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Wesley Knapp, Western Regional Ecologist/Botanist, NC Natural Heritage Program
Richard LeBlond, Yaupon & Dahoon, Inc., Richland NC Division
Gerry Moore, Ph.D., USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Carl Nordman, NatureServe
Gary Perlmutter, NC Division of Water Resources, Lichenology
Milo Pyne, NatureServe
Eimy Rivas Plata, Ph.D., Lichenology
Bruce Sorrie, Yaupon & Dahoon, Inc., Whispering Pines Division
Rickie White, NatureServe

Plant Conservation Associates

Joel Kingsolver, Ph.D., Biology Department, UNC-CH
Allen Hurlbert, Ph.D., Biology Department, UNC-CH
Bob Peet, Ph.D., Biology Department, UNC-CH
Peter White, Ph.D., Biology Department, UNC-CH