The Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia became the world’s first standalone school of ecology on July 1, 2007. Roots of ecology at the University of Georgia date back to the 1950s. Namesake Eugene P. Odum is recognized internationally as a pioneer of ecosystem ecology.
Faculty have expertise in a variety of areas including global change effects on ecosystems, ecology of infectious diseases, species loss and invasions, and marine and freshwater conservation. For their research contributions, Odum School faculty have received prestigious awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
External grant funds exceed $3.7 million a year, with research highlighted in high profile journals such as Nature, Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Researchers at the Odum School have a national and global reputation. For example, Sonia Altizer was featured on the “Today” show for her expertise on monarch butterflies. John Gittleman helped uncover evidence that challenged the long-held belief that the extinction of dinosaurs is what made way for the success of mammals. Jacqueline Mohan determined a link between global climate change and more potent poison ivy. And that’s just scratching the surface.
The Odum School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a minor and certification program. Our students have received prestigious awards including the Fulbright Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, Udall Fellowship, Truman Award, MacArthur Foundation Award, EPA STAR Fellowship, NOAA Research Fellowship and the National Wildlife Federation Award. The undergraduate program has the highest percentage of Honors students per major on campus.
Odum School undergraduates are leaders on a variety of issues, including starting a massive recycling initiative for UGA home football games that has gained media attention. Proceeds from recycled aluminum were donated to Habitat for Humanity.
The Odum School is actively engaged in outreach to the local community and beyond. One example is EcoFocus, an annual environmental film festival, which has inspired community dialogue and increased awareness of environmental and ecological issues.
And by merging science and policy, the River Basin Center at the Odum School of Ecology has helped communities across the state of Georgia protect water and natural resources. Ecological science is a vital factor for a sustainable future.
With stellar degree programs, trailblazing research and outreach that affects the state of Georgia and beyond, the world's first school of ecology is already making history!