Skeate is a well-known authority on the natural history of the area. In addition to his years of teaching about the ecology of the region, he has explored the mountains, valleys and coves since the 1980s.
From rare mountain bogs to high elevation spruce/fir forests, he has tramped across northwest North Carolina educating himself and his students about the rich environment of Southern Appalachia. Through his many treks, he has developed a love of the mountains and the creatures that inhabit them, including the mysterious salamanders that lurk in damp places from mountain top to valley floor.
In addition to his field work, lectures and teaching, Skeate has published a guidebook to the natural history of the region. His book, A Nature Guide to Northwest North Carolina, provides a comprehensive look at the different habitats that make this area of Southern Appalachia one of the most biologically diverse sections of the planet.
“I look forward to Dr. Skeate’s lecture,” said Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College. “His expertise will illuminate a fascinating member of our local wildlife community. I invite everyone with interest in the ecology of our mountains to join us.”
Skeate’s program is free and open to the public. For information, contact Meghan Wright at 898-8729.