Tyler Scoville, from Clayton, North Carolina, graduated in May of 2017 with a degree in biology. Tyler was proud to attend the Southern Regional Honors Conference and present his environmental research. He was also proud to play football for two years at UNCP. Being in the honors college gave Tyler the opportunity to make personal relationships with professors and gave him the community he was looking for.
Tyler’s senior project was about bats on a farm in rural North Carolina. He studied the effects that different diseases, environmental factors and deforestation have had on the bat population. He spent time planning ways to improve their habitat and facilitate their presence on the farm. He constructed bat boxes that give the bats a place to nest and recover from habitat loss.
After graduation he attended Purdue University to obtain a master’s in biology. During his time there he studied reptile interaction and population in ecosystems. His greatest memory at UNCP was traveling to Orlando, Florida to attend the Southern Regional Honors Conference and going to Universal Studios. Tyler advises students to stay strong during freshman year and work hard to make good grades.
Thesis: The Plight of Bats in North America: Modifying Habitat to Improve Bat Diversity
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Scott Hicks