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Dr. Charles Allen Nature Preserve


The Charles Allen Nature Preserve is an 80 acre outdoor classroom located in the rolling Ouachita Hills Region near Columbia, Louisiana, about 30 miles from the campus of ULM.

The property was donated to ULM in the year 2000 by Dr. Harry Winters in honor of Dr. Charles Allen, a former ULM professor and accomplished botonist in Louisiana. Over the years, Dr. Winters and Dr. Allen have co-authored several books on the plants of Louisiana and the Gulf South, but CABS is arguably one of their greatest contributions to the state. Efforts are currently underway to make CABS more accessible to ULM students and faculty and develop a master plan for the property. In the future, we hope to make CABS a premiere site for researchers through the state and region.

2016 ULM BioBlitz

On October 29, 2016, ULM biology students (including members of the Nu-Gamma Chapter of Tri-Beta, the National Biology Honor Society) and faculty will lead hikes through the rolling Ouachita Hills near Columbia, LA. This event, led primarily by students is meant to showcase the outdoor classroom - the ULM Biological Station and Charles Allen Nature Preserve. During this all-day event, participants can expect to hike through high ridges and bottomlands on a mission to spot and identify as many life forms as possible: birds, plants, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, butterflies and more!


Click HERE to register for the 2016 BioBlitz!


=> Discover, learn about and document the biological diversity of the Biological Station

=> Interpret the natural history of the many organisms encountered to broader ULM community

=> Provide an opportunity for non-science and science majors alike to appreciate the natural world and interact with scientists

=> To bring together faculty and students in a shared experiential learning environment

=> Educate attendees on the importance of biodiversity in Louisiana  


8:00 – 10:00 Early Bird Hike (Biota of focus: Birds but everything else included)
10:30 – 1:00 Welcome address, water and snacks, explore resource table, meet the biology faculty, look at live specimens, tally up morning counts, explore the property
1:00 -3:00 Concurrent Hikes
Nature Hike 1: (Biota of focus: Reptiles, amphibians, mammal tracks and signs  but anything goes!
Nature Hike 2: (Biota of focus:  Insects, plants, fungi, birds but anything goes!)
3:30 – 4:30 Tally Up and Check Out displays
4:30 – Final taxa count announcement, thank you and see you at 2017 Bioblitz!


Nov, 2016
Dr. Bhattacharjee will travel to India as an invited speaker on the use of UAV's in conservation

Sept, 2016
Plant Ecology Lab member, Melissa Bloch wins best poster award at Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists Annual Meeting in Baton Rouge

Tanner Hart, graduate student presents his research at Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists in Baton Rouge

Dr. Bhattacharjee was awarded a travel Grant to attend the AMERIFLUX PI meeting in Golden, Colorado

August 2016
ULM Biology undergrad Nicholas ("Nick") Carlson joins the Plant Ecology Lab
June, 2016
ULM Biology undergrad, Melissa Bloch travels to India on a 1-month research project, working in the Himalayas. She was offered an internship by ATREE