The James E. Butler, Jr. Fellowships in Ecology
Columbus attorney James E. Butler, Jr. established the Butler Fellowships with a $1 million gift to the Institute of Ecology in 2006. The fellowships are for graduate students studying environmental issues including water quality and land use. A lifetime of experiences beginning with a love of fishing in Georgia's rivers instilled in James Butler a deep regard for the environment.
"Much of the important work of the River Basin Center and the Odum School of Ecology is done by our students," said Laurie Fowler, River Basin Center co-director. "Some of our student work is not only being used throughout the state, but even nationally and internationally. Jim's gift allows us to attract the nation's brightest students to work on environmental issues of vital concern to the state."
"The Butler Fellowship was instrumental in funding my Master's in Ecology degree at the Odum School of Ecology. My thesis focused on understanding the influence of extremely low stream flows and water withdrawals on benthic organisms in a local river used for municipal water supply. The fellowship allowed me to gain field, lab, and quantitative skills that were essential for evaluating the influence of environmental factors on various ecosystem processes of macrophytes, macroinvertebrates and stream fishes. I'm grateful for the financial support of the Butler Fellowship and River Basin Center at the Odum School of Ecology, as it provided an opportunity for me to begin developing a career conducting exciting scientific research that will be useful for informing stream flow and river management decisions."
- Rachel Katz, inaugural Butler Fellow
Recipients of the Butler Fellowship
2007/08 Rachel Katz
2008/09 Rachel Katz
2010/11 Danyel Addes
2011/12 Kelly Robinson
2012/13 Kelly Robinson and Catherine Bartenstein
2013/14 Catherine Bartenstein and Laura Keys
If you are interested in applying for a Butler Fellowship please contact Katherine Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be due January 1, 2014.
Jim Butler is a founding partner in Butler Wooten & Fryhofer, a nationally known civil trial practice firm which has litigated cases in 28 states - from Massachusetts to California, Montana to Florida. Jim's accomplishments include setting the record for largest verdict in Georgia history on four separate occasions - in four completely different kinds of civil cases (medical malpractice, trucking, auto products liability, and business torts/breach of fiduciary duty). No other lawyer has done that more than once. Cases in which Jim served as lead counsel have also set verdict records and settlement records in a number of other states. Jim was lead counsel in the Six Flags vs. Time Warner case, which is believed to be the largest collected judgment in American history.