Gene Helfman, a professor emeritus in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, recently received the inaugural Meritorious Teaching Award in Ichthyology from two major scientific societies for the study of fishes.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Odum School of Ecology doctoral student James Wood is one of seven winners of the first phase of the National Aquatic Resource Surveys Campus Challenge.
Scientists have long known that providing supplemental food for wildlife, or resource provisioning, can sometimes cause more harm than good. UGA ecologists Daniel Becker and Richard Hall have developed a new mathematical model to tease apart the processes that help explain why.
Discover Life is partnering with National Moth Week, which takes place from July 19-27 this year, to raise awareness about moths and their ecological significance.
SciDev.Net, a website that provides science and technology information for the global development community, reports on a study about malaria and climate change led by Odum School Associate Professor John Drake.
A recent paper published in the journal Science by an international team that included Odum School Dean John L. Gittleman is featured on the SciPak Tumblr page at http://scipak.tumblr.com.
A study led by Julie Rushmore, PhD '13--currently a student in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine--finds that focusing vaccination efforts on chimpanzees with the highest numbers of social contacts can reduce the number of animals that must be vaccinated to prevent an epidemic.
Three ecology students were among eleven UGA students and alumni to receive Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation.
New research by UGA ecologists sheds light on exactly what happens to coral during periods of excessively high water temperatures. Their study, published in the journal Limnology and Oceanography, documents a coral bleaching event in the Caribbean in minute detail and sheds light on how it changed a coral’s community of algae—a change that could have long-term consequences for coral health, as bleaching is predicted to occur more frequently in the future.
Ecology doctoral student Alyssa Gehman is featured in the June 2014 Georgia Magazine cover story, “The Wonder of Wormsloe.” The article, also covering research by doctoral student Ania Majewska and faculty members Sonia Altizer and Andy Davis, describes the partnership between UGA and the Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History.
New tools to collect and share information could help stem the loss of the world’s threatened species, according to a paper published today in the journal Science. The study, by an international team of scientists that included John L. Gittleman, dean of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, was led by Stuart L. Pimm of Duke University and Clinton N. Jenkins of the Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas in Brazil.
Daniel Streicker, PhD ’11, is featured in a video about the Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists, which is now accepting applicants for 2014.
John L. Gittleman, founding dean of the Odum School of Ecology, has been named the University of Georgia Foundation Professor in Ecology.
Recent research led by University of Georgia ecologists sheds new light on the natural nutrient dynamics of coral reefs, particularly the often overlooked but critical role of fish. Their findings, published in Global Change Biology, could help inform future research and coral conservation efforts.
James I. Richardson, instructor and undergraduate coordinator in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, recently received the International Sea Turtle Society's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation in New Orleans.
Sara Black, a dual ecology and anthropology major who will graduate on May 9, received the 2014 Rotaract Student Service Award for the Odum School of Ecology.
Alexa Nicole Gusmerotti and William Harrison Miller received the 2014 Georgia Power Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award for research conducted at University of Georgia HorseShoe Bend Ecology Experimental Site.
An article in the May-June 2014 issue of Audubon Magazine profiles Associate Professor John Pickering and his “years-long obsession with small flying insects.”
Animals that migrate long distances are often implicated in the spread of infectious diseases, but there is growing evidence that long-distance migration may actually lower the risks of pathogen transmission in some cases. Ecologists at the University of Georgia have developed a mathematical model that helps explain this pattern across different species.
Odum School of Ecology undergraduate Carmen Kraus won a best paper award at the 2014 Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium held on March 31-April 1, 2014.
Catherine Pringle, Distinguished Research Professor in the UGA Odum School of Ecology, has received the Kilham Award from the International Society of Limnology.
A front-page story in the April 17 Athens Banner-Herald about the 2014 Alec Little Environmental Award features the EcoFocus Film Festival and director Sara Beresford, MS CESD '00.
Read the article: Athens photographers, film festival win environmental awards
The EcoFocus Film Festival and nature photographers Hugh and Carol Nourse are the recipients of the 2014 Alec Little Environmental Award.
Students in the UGA Environmental Practicum gain hands-on experience solving environmental problems for stakeholder clients—usually local governments, state agencies, or non-governmental organizations—across the state. Recently, however, they have been working for a client much closer to home. Since 2011 they have been helping the UGA restore the health of Lilly Branch, a stream that flows through campus.
Odum School of Ecology faculty members John M. Drake and Andrew W. Park were recognized on April 10 by the University of Georgia Research Foundation for extraordinary accomplishments in research and scholarship.
Marlene Zuk, professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, will deliver the twenty-ninth annual Odum Lecture, “Rapid evolution in silence: Adaptive signal loss in the Pacific field cricket,” at the Odum School of Ecology on April 1 at 4:00 p.m. The next day she will give a second talk, “Gender, Science and Myths of Merit,” at 8:00 a.m.
The authors of a University of Georgia study on global conservation funding have received an inaugural Conservation Science Award from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Lead author Anthony Waldron, a former postdoctoral associate at the UGA Odum School of Ecology now at Oxford University, accepted the award on behalf of his co-authors.
Protecting a county’s natural resources and its fiscal health may seem to be competing goals, but a recent University of Georgia study provides a blueprint for achieving both.
Shannon Bonney, an Odum School doctoral student in the Integrative Conservation Program, was the subject of a feature article in the Winter 2014 issue of the UGA Graduate School Magazine.
The University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology announces its sixth annual EcoFocus Film Festival, to be held March 19-29 on the UGA Campus and at Ciné in downtown Athens.
Droughts might be affecting how Georgia’s blackwater rivers process carbon, according to a new study led by Andrew Mehring, PhD '12, while he was at the University of Georgia.
Southeastern forests may look and function differently in the future as more frequent droughts and forest disturbances combine to affect which tree species thrive, according to a new study led by Odum School ecologist Nina Wurzburger.
Julie Rushmore, who received her Ph.D. from the Odum School in 2013 and is pursuing a D.V.M. degree in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, has received the Volterra Award for the Best Student Presentation in Theoretical Ecology from the Ecological Society of America.
University of Georgia undergraduate Zachary Holmes, an ecology and biology double-major from Atlanta, has received one of five John J. Scarano Memorial Scholarships for 2013.
Ecology doctoral student Shafkat Khan has received a grant from the UGA Office of Sustainability to establish a bicycle repair cooperative on campus, one of nine Campus Sustainability grants awarded this year.
Researchers at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology have developed a new mathematical model that helps to explain how some parasites predominantly associate with one particular host species—but are still capable of infecting other species
Researchers from the Odum School and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have developed a new model that could help environmental managers determine the most cost-effective means to improve upstream passage for migratory fishes.
A new publication from the University of Georgia River Basin Center will help local governments and community groups develop programs to protect wetlands and the services they provide.
Daniel Streicker, who received his Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Georgia in 2011, has been named the first grand prize winner of the new Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists.
Undergraduate ecology major Zack Holmes has received one of two scholarships for study abroad opportunities in sustainability. The awards are made possible by the Brittney Fox Watts Memorial Endowment .
Carl F. Jordan, senior research scientist emeritus in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will present a seminar on his new book, An Ecosystem Approach to Sustainable Agriculture: Energy Use Efficiency in the American South, on Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. in the ecology auditorium.
Ecology alumnus Peter C. Griffith, PhD ’88, was one of 16 honored by the University of Georgia Graduate School with the 2013 Alumni of Distinction Award for achieving exceptional success in their professional careers and in service to their community.
Odum School doctoral student Virginia Schutte is profiled in an article in the Summer 2013 issue of the University of Georgia Graduate School Magazine. The article describes Schutte’s research into red mangrove ecosystems in the tropics.
Read the article online: Gifts from the Sea: Virginia Schutte’s Route from Kentucky to the Ocean’s Fray
A study by University of Georgia ecologists has found that diversity in mammal immune system genes may have more to do with the opportunity to choose a mate than with exposure to parasites.
Odum School assistant professor Rich Shefferson explored theories of plant senescence in a recent special issue of the Journal of Ecology—in particular, the idea that certain plants might be immune from this seemingly universal phenomenon.
EcoFocus Film Festival will present a special preview of the new documentary film Blackfish on Thursday, September 12 at Ciné in downtown Athens, the first in a series of films presented this fall.
Two recent ecology graduates were among eight UGA students awarded international travel-study grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2013-2014 academic year.
On September 17 the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of its namesake and founder Eugene P. Odum, with cake, ice cream, and a program exploring Odum’s ongoing legacy.
Online news outlet DugDug.com, which specializes in bringing stories about the latest research to mainstream audiences, interviewed Julie Rushmore, PhD ’13, about her recent study on using social network analysis to help fight infectious diseases in endangered chimpanzees.
Climate change is affecting the spread of infectious diseases worldwide, according to an international team of leading disease ecologists, with serious impacts to human health and biodiversity conservation. Writing in the journal Science, they propose that modeling the way disease systems respond to climate variables could help public health officials and environmental managers predict and mitigate the spread of lethal diseases.
Ecologists at the University of Georgia have discovered complex and surprising relationships between land cover and rates of transmission, illness and death from hemorrhagic disease in white-tailed deer.
A new University of Georgia study has identified the worst and best countries in the world in terms of funding for biodiversity conservation. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also suggests how funding should change to help achieve the United Nations 2020 goals on reducing extinction.
Dara Satterfield, Sarah Budischak, and Sara Heisel, doctoral students in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, have taken second place honors in the National Science Foundation Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge, the NSF announced on June 13, 2013.
Many think of social networks in terms of Facebook friends and Twitter followers, but for recent University of Georgia doctoral graduate Julie Rushmore, social networks are tools in the fight against infectious diseases. Rushmore, who completed her doctorate in the Odum School of Ecology in May, analyzed the social networks of wild chimpanzees to determine which individuals were most likely to contract and spread pathogens. Her findings, published in the Journal of Animal Ecology on June 5, could help wildlife managers target their efforts to prevent outbreaks and potentially help public health officials prevent disease in human populations as well.
Ten University of Georgia students and alumni—including four from the Odum School of Ecology—were among received graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation to conduct research while working on their master’s and doctoral degrees.
If University of Georgia ecologist John Pickering has his way, mothing soon will become as popular as birding, a pastime 48 million Americans enjoy annually, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A story in the Savannah Morning News covered a workshop by Ecology Ph.D. student Dara Satterfield, who is recruiting citizen scientists to help collect data for her research into the prevalence of a parasite that afflicts monarch butterflies.
UGA ecosystem ecologist Nina Wurzburger has received a $1.39 million grant from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program of the U.S. Department of Defense in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study how the soil-based process of nitrogen fixation facilitates recovery from physical disturbances in longleaf pine ecosystems.
University of Georgia Honors ecology student Theresa Stratmann will discuss her research with members of the Georgia and South Carolina congressional delegations as part of the Council for Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill Program.
UGA Honors students Sara Black, an ecology and anthropology double major, and Ian Karra, an economics and finance double major pursuing an ecology minor, were among 50 students nationwide who were awarded 2013 Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Scholarships.
Acclaimed documentary Chasing Ice will open the 2013 EcoFocus Film Festival on Thursday, March 21 at Ciné in Athens. The film screens at 7:00 p.m., with an opening night party at 6:00 and a panel discussion after the film. EcoFocus 2013 runs from March 20-24. For more information, see www.ecofocusfilmfest.org.
A short film by Odum School doctoral student Virginia Schutte has been accepted into the Beneath the Waves Film Festival, which kicks off in Savannah, Georgia, from March 20-24.
Research by Odum School professor James W. Porter; alumna Kathryn Sutherland, associate professor of biology at Rollins College; and Erin Lipp, associate professor in the UGA College of Public Health was featured on the National Science Foundation’s web site on Feb. 14.
Read the story: Underwater Whodunit: What's Killing Florida's Elkhorn Coral?
Ecology graduate student Melanie Taylor is featured on the cover of the Winter 2012 issue of the University of Georgia Graduate School Magazine. The magazine’s lead story describes climate change research by Taylor and Odum School Assistant Professor Jacqueline Mohan.
Read the article: Water Shortage, Drought and Climate Change Lead to Research Innovations
The twenty-eighth annual Eugene P. Odum Lecture at the University of Georgia will be given by Mary E. Power, professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her talk, “Food webs in river networks: algal-mediated linkages of rivers, uplands and oceans,” will take place on Tuesday, March 5 at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Odum School of Ecology.
Ecology graduate student Greg Skupien, along with Aaron Joslin and Holly Campbell of the Warnell School, was awarded a Campus Sustainability Grant from the Office of Sustainability for “Composting of Organic Waste in Academic Building on Campus: Pilot Project for Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources.”
A short essay by Odum School of Ecology doctoral student Eric Goolsby was recently published in the online edition of the journal Science. The essay was selected as part of NextGen VOICES, a series that features the ideas of young scientists.
The spread of white-nose syndrome, an emerging fungal disease in bats, may be determined by habitat and climate, ecologists at the University of Georgia have found.
Fish play a far more important role as contributors of nutrients to marine ecosystems than previously thought, according to research by Odum School doctoral student Jacob Allgeier and Florida International University associate professor Craig Layman.
The University of Georgia’s Katie Sheehan, a legal fellow with the River Basin Center, has developed a guidebook, “Valuing Conservation Easement Properties: A Guide for Local Tax Assessors,” to help local tax assessors properly value conservation easement properties.
The number of genetic mutations that follow host shifts in rabies virus impacts the speed of disease emergence in new host species, according to new research by ecologists at the University of Georgia and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Seven eminent scientists with ties to the University of Georgia—six of whom are affiliated with the Odum School of Ecology—have been named to the inaugural list of Fellows of the Ecological Society of America.
Scientists from the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory have helped to reintroduce a species of toad declared extinct in the wild to its native range—the world’s first reintroduction of an extinct-in-the-wild amphibian.
Virginia Schutte, a doctoral student in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, is a finalist in a video contest sponsored by the National Science Foundation. To view Schutte’s video, see https://grf2012.skild.com/skild2/grf2012/viewEntryDetail.action?pid=40357.
Ecologists in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology have found that evolutionary diversity can be an effective method for identifying hotspots of mammal biodiversity.
Judith L. Meyer, distinguished research professor emerita in the UGA Odum School of Ecology, has been awarded the 2010 Naumann-Thienemann medal from the International Society of Limnology.
New research is revealing surprising connections between animal microbiomes—the communities of microbes that live inside animals’ bodies—and animal behavior, according to a paper by University of Georgia ecologist Vanessa O. Ezenwa and her colleagues.
Researchers in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology will work with colleagues from universities across the U.S. Sun Belt on a study of water sustainability in the face of climate change and population growth. The four-year projects is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
2012 marked the 25th anniversary of the Honors International Field Program, an eight-week summer course that takes students across the country to some of the nation's most spectacular national parks and monuments.
In the U.S., most human cases of tick-borne Lyme disease occur in the Northeast—with a smaller cluster in the Midwest—even though the bacteria that cause it are equally common in ticks in both regions. A new study by researchers at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, published in the August issue of the journal Epidemics, combines ecology and immunology to offer an explanation for this puzzling disparity.
A front page story in The Franklin Press on August 29, 2012, featured the work of Odum School Ph.D. student Jeremy Sullivan, who conducts research at the Coweeta Hydrological Laboratory and is supported by NSF's Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research (CWT-LTER) project.
All eyes are turned to London as the world’s top athletes compete for Olympic glory, but a humbler competition has been taking place in Andy Davis’s lab at the University of Georgia this summer, featuring some unlikely competitors—horned passalus beetles.
The University of Georgia is well-represented at the 97th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, with 38 faculty, students, and postdoctoral associates presenting their research, including 16 attendees from the Odum School.
Odum School undergraduate Theresa Stratmann and recent graduate Grover Brown, BS '12, were featured in an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about hellbenders—“the aquatic equivalent of the canary in the coal mine”—on August 4, 2012.
Model asks if importing a plant is worth the risk of environmental damage, economic costs
Weedy plants, many introduced to the U.S. for sale through plant nurseries, are responsible for extensive environmental damage and economic costs. Researchers at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology and the University of California, Davis have developed a “cost-sensitive” model to determine when importing a given plant is worth the risk.
Ecology Ph.D. student Rebeca de Jesús Crespo was one of four UGA recipients of a 2012 Fulbright Scholarship, which she will use to confinue her assessment of the impact of the Rainforest Alliance's certification program on the health of streams that flow into coffee plantations in Costa Rica.
A new study of rabies in vampire bats in Peru has found that culling bats—a common rabies control strategy—does not reduce rates of rabies exposure in bat colonies and may even be counterproductive. The findings may eventually help public health and agriculture officials in Peru develop more effective methods for preventing rabies infections in humans and livestock.
Odum School of Ecology Ph.D. student Alyssa Gehman's study of an invasive parasite that infects and castrates mud crabs living on the oyster reefs along the Georgia coast was featured on the front page of the Savannah Morning News.
Undergraduate Advisor Misha Boyd has been selected as an Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit recipient in the Academic Advising—Primary Role category from the National Academic Advising Association.
The rate at which rabies virus evolves in bats may depend heavily upon the ecological traits of its hosts, according to researchers at the University of Georgia, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and KU Leuven in Belgium.