Fisher Stines, PCP Field Tech
Fisher Stines, a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, grew up just a few miles from Redlair preserve. His involvement at Redlair began by chance with a fieldtrip to the property as a student in Sabine Rankin’s German language class. It was there he met Haywood Rankin. Fisher’s volunteer involvement and later, his part-time work at the preserve from December of 2017 through February of 2018 with the Catawba Lands Conservancy, would soon follow. In the Spring of 2018, Fisher departed as an North Carolina State University student for an exchange semester to Freiburg, Germany where his botanical education would truly begin. There, his fascination of the flora in both the Black Forest and the Alps would solidify his decision to become a botanist and inspire him to continue his education at North Carolina State University as a student of plant biology. Fisher will graduate from North Carolina State University in May of 2021 with a dual degree in Plant Biology and German Studies. Upon his graduation, Fisher will pursue a PhD in botany, and he aspires to become a teaching professor. In the Summer of 2019, Fisher designed a comprehensive ecological study of the Bigleaf Magnolia population at Redlair, and he plans to publish his work as his bachelor’s thesis. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and playing or conducting in various North Carolina State music ensembles. Fisher Stines began working as the new Field Technician for the Plant Conservation Program in May of 2020 and has devoted his time to protecting rare members of the Piedmont Prairie Community including the Smooth Coneflower in Durham and Granville counties.