Stewart Skeate
  • Stewart Skeate
  • Professor of Biology, Program Coordinator for Wildlife Biology, Director of Elk Valley Preserve & Field Station

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  • Phone: 828.898.8787
  • Office: Bowman Building, Office 116B
  • Department: Academics


PhD, University of Florida
MA, California State University
BS, Rutgers University

Common Courses Taught

Appalachian Ecology
Introduction to Evolution
Introduction to Field Biology
Animal Behavior

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

My interests relate to community ecology and habitat analysis. These include field research on bird, mammal, and salamander populations. These faculty/student projects involve long term biological monitoring using established census techniques. I have also been involved with the local introduction of the beetle, Laricobius nigrinis, a predator of the introduced. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. New research projects include monitoring snake populations at the Elk Valley Preserve for snake fungal disease and a bird/fruit phenology study in Belize as part of the Belize Foundation for Environmental Education’s student research program.  

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

As coordinator of the Wildlife Biology program, my responsibilities include helping set up a curriculum that gives wildlife students the opportunity to experience a wide range of courses and field experiences. Classes that I teach include Field Biology, Ornithology, Mammalogy, Animal Behavior, Field Botany and Tropical Biology. These courses all involve field components, a major emphasis of the major. I also help manage Lees-McRae’s Elk Valley Preserve and Field Station, maintaining equipment that is used for research projects on the preserve as well as managing the preserve’s habitats and trails.  

Personal Interests

The mountains of northwest North Carolina are a haven for someone, like myself, that loves the outdoors and wants to be immersed in nature at its best. Since arriving at LMC in 1985, I have had the opportunity to live and work in one of the most biologically diverse and beautiful regions in North America. This area continues to amaze, educate, and entertain me on a daily basis.