Thanks to the Carolina faculty and staff members who responded to our request, we know what many of you did this summer. After a year of pandemic restrictions on meetings and travel, Tar Heels spent a busy season teaching, researching and working on several special projects on campus and far away.
Here are some samples:
Position: associate professor, biology, College of Arts & Sciences
Summer location: San Juan Mountains, Colorado
I conducted long-term field work on the behavioral ecology of wild songbirds. In semi-remote conditions, we captured, banded and measured birds; collected digital audio recordings of song; monitored egg laying, incubation and nestling development; and collected environmental data. We then link these measures to behavioral cues and responses to better understand the ecological factors regulating reproductive decision-making.
Position: teaching associate professor, faculty adviser for undergraduate biology majors, College of Arts & Sciences
Summer location: Online
I led the Science and Math Achievement and Resourcefulness Track program. SMART is a summer program with 18 undergraduate students who pursue research in STEM. Beyond their research projects, the students (underrepresented minorities and transfer students) learned how to write, read and present science.
Antonio B. Rodriguez
Position: professor, earth, marine and environmental sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
Summer location: eastern North Carolina
Salt marsh is under threat of accelerating rates of sea-level rise and intensifying land-use change. This summer our lab collected drone data and sediment cores in tidal creek salt marshes in eastern North Carolina to find out how different parts of the marsh responded to and recorded that change in the sedimentary record. This research helps us better understand the resilience of our coasts.
Position: Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Art History and History, College of Arts & Sciences
Summer location: Washington, D.C.
I visited a number of museums and monuments, notably the superb French paintings collection of the National Gallery, in preparation for my fall courses Monuments and Memory (ARTH/HIST 514) and Picturing Paris, 1800-2000 (ARTH 283).
Adrian Marchetti and Scott Gifford
Position: associate professors, earth, marine and environmental sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
Summer location: North Atlantic Ocean
Students from the Marchetti and Gifford Labs sailed on a research expedition to the North Atlantic Ocean as part of EXport Processes in the Ocean from Remote Sensing. EXPORTS is a NASA/National Science Foundation project that studies how carbon and energy move through the ocean. Our labs collected seawater aboard the RRS James Cook to understand what microorganisms are present and the role that they play in ocean carbon cycling.
Position: associate professor of classics and archaeology, College of Arts & Sciences
Summer location: western North Carolina
I have been working on an archaeological project to trace early trails and habitation in partnership with the Pisgah National Forest and the Old Fort and McDowell County communities, among others. By locating and curating objects all but lost among the understories of the forest (ancient pathways, agrarian homesteads, overgrown pastures, remnants of logging or milling operations), this project aims to reconnect the diverse communities of western North Carolina.
Position: professor and department chair, earth, marine and environmental sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
Summer location: Klamath Mountains, California
In June, I led an expedition with students to these northern California coastal mountains. They sit above the Cascadia subduction zone, one of the largest plate boundary faults in North America, and our samples of sand and gravel will help determine how quickly the mountains are being uplifted and eroded.
Position: assistant professor, biology, cell biology and physiology, Integrative Program for Biological and Genome Sciences
Summer location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
My lab studies learning and memory using fruit flies. This summer, we hosted Robyn Stanek, a biology and physics teacher at Wakefield High School, as a member of the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership. During her time in the lab, Stanek got hands-on experience with fly genetics, fly courtship behavior and reward-learning in larvae.
Position: assistant professor, earth, marine and environmental sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
Summer location: Prudhoe Bay, Alaska
My lab specializes in coastal geology. Arctic coasts are eroding rapidly, and we are studying how the sediment generated from that coastal erosion is distributed across the continental shelf by waves and currents — on seasonal scales, using observations and over hundreds of years, using models/forecasts.
David J. Baker
Position: Peter G. Phialas Distinguished Professor, English and comparative literature, College of Arts & Sciences
Summer location: just outside Dublin, Ireland
I went to the Republic of Ireland for a deferred Fulbright to work on a digital humanities project, MACMORRIS: Mapping Actors and Contexts: Modeling Research in Renaissance Ireland in the 16th and 17th Century. This project is based at Maynooth University, just outside of Dublin.
Position: associate professor, earth, marine and environmental sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
Summer location: coastal North Carolina
Climate change impacts our oceans and all the life within it. The Nye lab spent the summer in Morehead City conducting experiments to help better understand what happens to fish and where they might go as the waters warm.
Jeffrey A. Greene
Position: McMichael Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences, School of Education
Summer location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
After more than a year of collecting data and conducting research via Zoom, our CLICK lab team (studying how people Critique, Learn, Investigate and Construct Knowledge), vaccinated but still distanced just to be safe, got together in person to celebrate perseverance and plan for more and better scholarship in the days ahead.