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Belmont Abbey College is a private liberal-arts Catholic college located in Belmont, North Carolina, USA, about 15 miles west of Uptown Charlotte. It was founded in 1876 by the Benedictine monks of Belmont Abbey. The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and the Order of Saint Benedict. It is endorsed by the The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.Offering an undergraduate education, the college enrolls students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. Wikipedia.

Tompkins R.D.,Belmont Abbey College
Castanea | Year: 2013

A floristic survey of Crowders Mountain State Park, located in Gaston and Cleveland Counties in North Carolina, was conducted from 2010-2011 to document prairie-relict species. In addition, 1-m quadrats (n = 200) were sampled from four remnant power line rights-of-way/roadside prairie communities in the park to assess community structure. Cover and frequency values were assessed for species within the quadrats and species were also placed into guild groupings. A total of 143 prairie-relict species from 37 plant families were identified for the entire park, 69 (48%) of which were also found in the sampled quadrats. Eighty-three (58%) species were previously undocumented for the park. Summer forbs represented the largest guild at 66 (46%) with several rare and uncommon species for North Carolina, including the North Carolina Rare Symphyotrichum georgianum (Georgia aster) and Echinacea purpurea (eastern purple coneflower). The communities had a combined Floristic Quality Assessment Index (FQAI) of 48.8 and a mean C-value of 4.2. Evidence from this study further suggests that prior to fire suppression prairie/savanna communities were likely once more prevalent in what is now Crowders Mountain State Park. Source

Tompkins R.D.,Belmont Abbey College | McAllister C.A.,Principia College | Bloom S.,Catawba Lands Conservancy
Ecological Restoration | Year: 2015

Intraspecific chromosome number variation is widespread among plants, however little attention has been given to the implications of ploidy level on restoration success of particular cytotypes. We conducted a cytometric study on six big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) populations from the Carolinas. In addition, soil data were collected and compared among the sites. Results from flow cytometry indicated the occurrence of two distinct cytotypes among the populations without evidence of populations with mixed cytotypes. The amount of nuclear DNA was consistent for hexaploids (6x) and nonaploids (9x) reported from midwestern populations of big bluestem. A cluster analysis of the distances between populations failed to detect any geographical clumping of populations by cytotype. Although the general soil characteristics across all sites exhibited a broad range of soil conditions; CEC, K, Mn, and percentage Ca and Mg (as percentage of CEC) levels were significantly higher for the 6x populations. The documentation of nonaploid populations of eastern big bluestem from this study is of potential conservation concern due to their small population sizes and the reported reduced reproductive rates for the 9x cytotype in midwestern populations. Studies from midwestern populations of big bluestem indicate reduced seed production in nonaploids compared to hexaploids. We suggest that in addition to the use of local genotypes in the restoration and conservation of eastern big bluestem populations, that cytotypic determination be made of introduced seed material into eastern remnant populations to avoid the establishment of individuals with reduced reproductive compatibility within those populations. © 2015 by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. Source

Brown G.T.,Belmont Abbey College
Christian Bioethics | Year: 2012

Health care begins as an act of conscience, which urges a response to the sick and holds caregivers accountable to moral standards that public authorities ultimately do not define. Conscience nonetheless expresses itself as a type of dialogue within oneself that is influenced by dialogue with others, especially with society in the form of civil law and professional standards. A well-formed conscience for health care relates the foundations of morality to health care practices and contributes sound moral judgment about them to the common good. Some current health care policies and medical education presume a distorted view of conscience as personal sentiment. These policies circumvent serious discussion and possible resolution of society's most vexing bioethics controversies. © The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press, on behalf of The Journal of Christian Bioethics, Inc. All rights reserved. Source

Belmont Abbey College | Date: 2016-04-11

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Tompkins R.D.,Belmont Abbey College | Trapnell D.W.,University of Georgia | Hamrick J.L.,University of Georgia | Stringer W.C.,Clemson University
Southeastern Naturalist | Year: 2012

Genetic diversity within and among nine Andropogon gerardii (Big Bluestem) populations from various physiographic regions of North and South Carolina was assessed. Genetic diversity was high at both the species level and at the population level. At the species level, percent polymorphic loci (P) was 96.4% (27 of 28 loci), the number of alleles per polymorphic locus (AP) was 4.07, and genetic diversity (He) was 0.425. Mean within population values were P= 82.6%, AP = 2.68, and He = 0.351. Within population genetic diversity (He) ranged from 0.190 to 0.466. Allelic richness values per population ranged from 37 to 71. The proportion of genetic diversity among populations (Gst) was 0.166. Mean genetic diversity for the 3 larger populations (He = 0.369) and within the 6 smaller populations (He = 0.341) did not differ significantly (P = 0.554). Nei's unbiased genetic identity between pairs of populations ranged from 0.652 to 0.975. Mean genetic identity of individual populations with the 8 other populations ranged from 0.71 to 0.89. A Mantel test showed no significant genetic isolation by geographic distance (r = 0.065; P = 0.614). While banding patterns for most of the loci were consistent with disomic inheritance, two loci (PGI3; UGPP1) displayed patterns consistent with tetrasomic inheritance. Results of this study suggest that Big Bluestem populations in the Carolinas were once more widespread. Source

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