Rural History and Ecology Research Institute
Through scholars and experts from the Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences and other academic units at AUM, the university is in the process of developing the Rural History and Ecology Research Institute. The RHERI will use AUM’s own land to help learners, scholars, and citizens of all ages discover the interconnectedness of Alabama’s rural history, ecology, and our modern world’s environmental justice issues. Learners will find the confidence to explore their environmental communities and the knowledge to understand the connections between our ecology and past land-use choices made. With this new understanding we will help create the next generation of leaders who will find solutions for a more environmentally just community and world.
AUM Biodiversity Survey
Help us document the biodiversity of the Auburn University Montgomery forest. The AUM faculty created this project to give AUM students, staff, faculty, and visitors an opportunity to share their observations of the plants and animals that share campus with us. Please join us and share what you see!
AUM Invasive Plant Removal
OLLI Field Trip – A Walk in the Woods
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Professor/Head | College of Sciences
Ph.D. (2005) Auburn University in Biology
BS (1998) Florida Institute of Technology in Marine Biology
Dr. Ward’s research focuses are on immunology and stress physiology as it relates to temperature and changing environments. She also has interested in latitudinal gradients in stress physiology, immunology, and metabolism in Anurans.