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Fowler receives State Bar of Georgia Environmental Law Section Award

Apr. 20, 2016

Laurie Fowler, Executive Director for Public Service and External Affairs at the Odum School and Director for Policy of the UGA River Basin Center, received The State Bar of Georgia Environmental Law Section Award at the Environmental Law Section Annual Kickoff Luncheon on March 17, 2016, in Atlanta.

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Jeb Byers among UGA's Fulbright Scolars for 2016-17

Apr. 15, 2016

Professor and Associate Dean Jeb Byers is one of four University of Georgia faculty participating in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 Core Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Specialist programs.

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UGA Honors Week: A Banner Year for Odum School Faculty, Students and Alumni

Apr. 14, 2016

A large number of Odum School faculty, students and alumni were among the members of the UGA community recognized for outstanding achievements during UGA Honors Week 2016.

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Professor Emerita Karen Porter receives 2016 Alec Little Award

Apr. 12, 2016

Odum School of Ecology Professor Emerita Karen Porter, a long-time activist for land preservation in Clarke County, is one of two recipients of the 2016 Alec Little Environmental Award.

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Mountain Streams Offer Climate Refuge: Future holds hope for biodiversity in cold-water streams

Apr. 8, 2016

A new study offers hope for cold-water species in the face of climate change. The study, published  in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on April 4, addresses a longstanding paradox between predictions of widespread extinctions of cold-water species and a general lack of evidence for those extinctions despite decades of recent climate change.

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TEDxUGA Talk by Jeb Byers now online

Apr. 5, 2016

Videos of the TEDxUGA 2015 and 2013 talks are now available online.

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Jim Richardson Retires After More than Three Decades of Service to Ecology

Mar. 28, 2016

Jim Richardson is retiring after more than 30 years as a researcher, teacher and mentor to undergraduates at UGA.

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TEDxUGA 2016 to Feature Odum School Professor Jeb Byers

Feb. 24, 2016

Do parasites rule the world? That’s the question Odum School Professor and Associate Dean Jeb Byers will tackle when he takes to the stage on March 18 as part of TEDxUGA 2016.

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New model uses public health statistics to signal when disease elimination is imminent

Jan. 4, 2016

Ecologists at the University of Georgia have developed a model showing that public health surveillance data can be used to signal when a disease is approaching eradication. Their research lays the groundwork for a potential new tool in the fight against infectious diseases.

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UGA ecologist finds another cause of antibiotic resistance

Dec. 23, 2015

While the rapid emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has prompted the medical community, non-profit organizations, public health officials and the national media to educate the public to the dangers of misusing and overusing antibiotics, the University of Georgia’s J Vaun McArthur is concerned that there’s more to the problem than the misuse of common medications.

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Odum School of Ecology Professor Publishes Reference for Diseases of Coral

Dec. 22, 2015

Professor James W. Porter is the co-editor of a new book, Diseases of Coral, which provides comprehensive descriptions and information about diagnostic procedures and treatments for coral disease using a uniform vocabulary.

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Researchers assess use of drug-susceptible parasites to fight drug resistance

Nov. 25, 2015

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a model for evaluating a potential new strategy in the fight against drug-resistant diseases.

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Not created equal: Wing structure helps female monarch butterflies outperform males in flight

Nov. 3, 2015

Evidence has been mounting that female monarch butterflies are better at flying and more successful at migration than males, and researchers from the University of Georgia have now come up with an explanation—but not one they expected.

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Happy Halloween: "Spirits" photographed!

Oct. 30, 2015

Just in time for Halloween, a University of Georgia scientist has posted photographic evidence of “spirits”—his term for the distinctive markings resembling a human skull that are found on the backs of Texas Gray moths (Glenoides texanaria).

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Human handouts could be spreading disease from birds to people

Oct. 29, 2015

People feeding white ibises at public parks are turning the normally independent birds into beggars, and now researchers at the University of Georgia say it might also be helping spread disease.

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Invasive species as junk food for predators: Native prey necessary for predators to stay healthy and prosper

Oct. 28, 2015

A new analysis by Odum School researchers of scientific studies spanning more than two decades has revealed that predators benefit most from eating invasive prey only if their traditional food sources remain intact--that is, if they are able to maintain their usual diet and eat invaders only as an occasional snack.

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UGA ecologist publishes book on small animal road ecology

Sep. 19, 2015

A new book, Roads and Ecological Infrastructure: Concepts and Applications for Small Animals, edited by UGA ecologist Kimberly Andrews, addresses the impacts of roads on wildlife populations and explores design and mitigation strategies to avoid or reduce conflict with reptiles, amphibians and small mammals.

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UGA receives $2.99 million grant for graduate training program in disease ecology

Sep. 19, 2015

The University of Georgia has received a five-year, $2.99 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an interdisciplinary graduate training program in disease ecology, led by the Odum School's Vanessa Ezenwa.

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Odum School professor, alumnus recognized by Ecological Society of America

Aug. 14, 2015

Odum School professor Alan Covich and alumnus Marcelo Ardón were recognized for outstanding contributions to ecology on Aug. 10 in a ceremony at the centennial annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore.

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Non-native marine species’ spread, impact explained by time since introduction

Aug. 11, 2015

The time since introduction of a non-native marine species best explains its global range, according to new research by an international team of scientists led by UGA ecologist James E. Byers.

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Model demonstrates link between species’ traits, competitive success, environmental conditions

Aug. 6, 2015

Researchers at Yale University and the University of Georgia have developed and experimentally tested a new mathematical model based on the work of the late Ken Leonard, PhD '10, that helps explain when and where species are likely to outcompete or coexist with one another.

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UGA ecologist publishes new book on monarch butterflies

Jun. 16, 2015

"Monarchs in a Changing World: Biology and Conservation of an Iconic Insect," a new book co-edited by Sonia Altizer, and with chapters by Altizer and Andy Davis, synthesizes the latest scientific research about monarchs and the threats and challenges they face.

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The Next Infectious Disease Hotspots

May. 18, 2015

UGA study pinpoints the likeliest rodent sources of future human infectious diseases

Researchers at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology have developed a way to predict which species of rodents are likeliest to be sources of new disease outbreaks in humans.

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UGA to host international conference on ecology, evolution of infectious diseases

May. 17, 2015

More than 350 scientists from around the world will gather in Athens from May 26-29 when the University of Georgia hosts the 13th annual Conference on the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases. The meeting is co-chaired by the Odum School's Sonia Altizer and Andrew Park.

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Osenberg named Ecological Society of America Fellow; one of four with UGA ties

May. 12, 2015

Craig Osenberg, a professor in the Odum School of Ecology, has been elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. He is the fifth current or former UGA ecology faculty member so honored since the program began in 2012. Ecology alumnus Peter Groffman, PhD '84, was one of three UGA alumni named Fellows this year.

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Threatened reef-building corals have diverse symbiotic algae partners, UGA study finds

May. 4, 2015

Continued University of Georgia research on the threatened Caribbean reef-building coral, Orbicella faveolata, finds that latitudinal patterns play a key role in the type of symbiotic algae that the coral associates with.

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Animal parasite study could help humans ‘manage nasty diseases’: Evolutionary history is a predictor of diversity of parasites in a species

Apr. 20, 2015

The evolutionary history, body size and geographic range of an animal species are predictors for the diversity of parasites—or disease—that species carries, according to researchers at the UGA Odum School of Ecology.

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UGA scientists confirm first North American record of East Asian Joro spider; looking for more sightings

Mar. 18, 2015

Scientists at the Georgia Museum of Natural History at the University of Georgia have confirmed the first known occurrence in North America of Nephila clavata, the East Asian Joro spider.

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Nutrient pollution damages streams in ways previously unknown, ecologists find: Excess nitrogen and phosphorus reduce an important food resource for stream life

Mar. 6, 2015

A team of researchers led by University of Georgia ecologist Amy Rosemond reports in the journal Science that nutrient pollution causes a significant loss of forest-derived carbon from stream ecosystems, reducing the ability of streams to support aquatic life.

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New model predicts Ebola epidemic in Liberia could be ended by June 2015

Jan. 13, 2015

The Ebola epidemic in Liberia could likely be eliminated by June 2015 if the current high rate of hospitalization and vigilance can be maintained, according to a new model developed by ecologists at the University of Georgia and Pennsylvania State University.

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Not a win-win: Treating for worms helps animals survive infectious diseases—and spread them

Jan. 8, 2015

Parasitic worms have been shown to influence how the immune system responds to diseases like HIV and tuberculosis. In a new study of African buffalo, Vanessa Ezenwa has found that de-worming drastically improved an animal’s chances of surviving bovine tuberculosis—but with the consequence of increasing the spread of TB in the population.

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Flatworms play canaries role in New England's estuaries

Nov. 26, 2014

A new study coauthored by Jeb Byers and funded by N.H. Sea Grant indicates that parasitic flatworms called trematodes provide a snapshot of the human-influenced factors affecting marshes, as their populations are impacted by the number of roads near a marsh and the amount of nitrogen in the mud. The paper appears in Ecology.

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UGA scientists receive $3 million NIH grant to develop algorithms for early warning systems of infectious disease outbreaks

Nov. 10, 2014

John Drake, an associate professor in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will use a five-year, $3.18 million grant to develop an early warning system that could help public health officials prepare for—and possibly prevent—infectious disease outbreaks.

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Sonia Altizer named UGA Athletic Association Professor in Ecology

Oct. 6, 2014

Sonia Altizer, a professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the Odum School of Ecology, has been named the University of Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Ecology.

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UGA ecologist publishes new ‘Foundations’ textbook on macroecology

Oct. 2, 2014

John L. Gittleman, dean of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology and UGA Foundation Professor in Ecology, is the co-editor of a new textbook, “Foundations of Macroecology,” published by the University of Chicago Press as part of its Foundations series.

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Genetic analysis reveals surprises about the monarch butterfly

Oct. 1, 2014

A team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of Chicago and including Odum School Associate Dean Sonia Altizer, has published a study in Nature that reveals unexpected answers to the origins of monarchs and the genetic basis of their best-known traits.

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Daniel Streicker featured in AAAS video

Sep. 20, 2014

Daniel Streicker, PhD '11, is the subject of a short video on the American Association for the Advancement of Science website.

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John Drake to participate in community forum on Ebola sponsored by UGA College of Public Health and ARMC

Sep. 17, 2014

The Odum School's John Drake will participate in a community forum about Ebola and any potential local impacts. The event is organized by the UGA College of Public Health and Athens Regional Medical Center on Sept. 25.

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Species going extinct 1,000 times faster than in pre-human times, study finds

Sep. 17, 2014

The Odum School's John Gittleman and Patrick Stephens are contributors to a major new study that finds that species are going extinct today 1,000 times faster than during pre-human times—a rate an order of magnitude higher than the previous estimate.

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UGA professor emeritus receives meritorious teaching award in ichthyology

Aug. 22, 2014

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.


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Join Discover Life for National Moth Week July 19-27

Jul. 18, 2014

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.

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UGA ecologists provide close-up of coral bleaching event

Jun. 3, 2014

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.

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New tools helping protect world’s threatened species

May. 29, 2014

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.

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John Gittleman named UGA Foundation Professor in Ecology

May. 13, 2014

John L. Gittleman, founding dean of the Odum School of Ecology, has been named the University of Georgia Foundation Professor in Ecology.

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International Sea Turtle Society honors UGA ecologist with lifetime achievement award

May. 8, 2014

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.

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Byers receives First-Year Odyssey Teaching Award

Apr. 29, 2014

Jeb Byers was one of four UGA faculty members hornored with First-Year Odyssey Teaching Awards at a reception celebrating the success of the First-Year Odyssey Seminar program.

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Model shows long-distance migration can lower risk of disease transmission, impact

Apr. 28, 2014

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.

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Pringle receives Kilham Memorial Award from the International Society of Limnology

Apr. 18, 2014

Catherine Pringle, Distinguished Research Professor in the UGA Odum School of Ecology, has received the Kilham Award from the International Society of Limnology.

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Odum School faculty recognized for research accomplishments

Apr. 11, 2014

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.

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Paper by UGA ecologists wins inaugural Conservation Science Award from Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Feb. 28, 2014

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.

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Report finds protecting natural areas makes good fiscal sense

Feb. 27, 2014

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.

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Drought affects the carbon cycle in Georgia blackwater rivers

Feb. 6, 2014

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.

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Moderate drought may provide a competitive advantage to nitrogen-fixing forest trees

Jan. 23, 2014

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.

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Research offers new insights into cross species parasite transmission

Jan. 7, 2014

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

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New guidebook to help Georgia communities protect wetlands

Dec. 6, 2013

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.

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Odum School alumnus Daniel Streicker is first winner of new international prize from Science and SciLifeLab

Dec. 5, 2013

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.

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Odum School's Carl F. Jordan to discuss new book on sustainable agriculture

Oct. 29, 2013

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.

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New research explores theories about aging and death in plants

Sep. 4, 2013

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.

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As climate, disease links become clearer, study highlights need to forecast future shifts

Aug. 1, 2013

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.

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Connections found between wetland cover, transmission rates of hemorrhagic disease in white-tailed deer

Jul. 25, 2013

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.

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Study identifies priorities for improving global conservation funding

Jul. 2, 2013

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.

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Discover Life launches moth observatory at Sandy Creek Nature Center in Athens

May. 8, 2013

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.

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UGA ecologist receives $1.39 million to study longleaf pine ecosystem recovery

Apr. 30, 2013

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.

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Geographic complexity explains patterns of spread of white-nose syndrome in bats

Dec. 18, 2012

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.

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New guidebook helps Georgia’s tax assessors value conservation easement properties

Nov. 30, 2012

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.

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Ecologists at UGA link evolution to the speed of rabies virus emergence in new bat species

Nov. 20, 2012

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.

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UGA faculty, alumni named Fellows of the Ecological Society of America

Nov. 13, 2012

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.

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SREL researchers help ‘extinct in the wild’ toad return home

Oct. 31, 2012

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.

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Professor Emerita Judy Meyer receives Naumann-Thienemann medal from the International Society of Limnology

Oct. 14, 2012

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.

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New studies reveal connections between animals’ microbial communities and behavior

Oct. 11, 2012

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.

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UGA ecologists to study freshwater sustainability across the Sun Belt

Sep. 27, 2012

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.

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New model combines ecological, immunological data to explain puzzling patterns of Lyme disease

Sep. 11, 2012

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.

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Screening horticultural imports: New models assess plant risk through better analysis

Jun. 28, 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.

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UGA study may lead to more effective rabies control strategies

Jun. 18, 2012

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.

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Hitting snooze on the molecular clock: rabies evolves slower in hibernating bats

May. 17, 2012

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.

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Mohan receives National Science Foundation grant to study “forests of the future”

Apr. 13, 2012

University of Georgia ecologist Jacqueline Mohan has received a $554,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help develop more accurate predictions about the impacts of climate change on forests. Her project is part of a five-year collaborative effort led by James Clark of Duke University.

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UGA receives grant to clean local streams

Apr. 4, 2012

A team of University of Georgia students, faculty and staff in collaboration with Athens-Clarke County Storm Water and the Upper Oconee Watershed Network is working to make local streams cleaner.

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Jeb Byers is one of three 2012 Russell Award recipients

Mar. 26, 2012

Associate Professor Jeb Byers is one of three University of Georgia faculty named recipients of the Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

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Trace element plays major role in tropical forest nitrogen cycle

Mar. 26, 2012

A new paper by researchers from the University of Georgia and Princeton University sheds light on the critical part played by a little-studied element, molybdenum, in the nutrient cycles of tropical forests. Understanding the role of molybdenum may help scientists more accurately predict how tropical forests will respond to climate change. The findings were recently published in the journal PLoS ONE.

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Ecology Professor Emeritus is regional winner of Governor’s Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Award

Mar. 14, 2012

Carl Jordan, professor emeritus in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, has received the 2012 Governor’s Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Award for the Northeast Georgia region.

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Research by Jeb Byers featured on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Georgia Outdoors

Feb. 20, 2012

The Feb. 24 episode of Georgia Outdoors, the award-winning Georgia Public Broadcasting television series, featured Odum School of Ecology Associate Professor Jeb Byers.

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Laying the groundwork: Preparations for the summer organic agriculture course are already underway

Feb. 8, 2012

Winter may be a relatively quiet season for many farmers in the Georgia Piedmont, but not for Carl Jordan, senior research scientist emeritus at the Odum School of Ecology and the founder of Spring Valley EcoFarms, who is busy preparing for his summer-long course in organic agriculture.

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Mouse to elephant? Just wait 24 million generations

Jan. 31, 2012

Scientists have for the first time measured how fast large-scale evolution can occur in mammals, showing it takes 24 million generations for a mouse-sized animal to evolve to the size of an elephant.

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Nature Climate Change covers article coauthored by Jeb Byers

Jan. 30, 2012

A paper about climate change and marine invasive species, coauthored by Jeb Byers, was recently covered in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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New model more accurately describes risk of extinction for migratory animals

Nov. 16, 2011

Predicting the risk of extinction is a complicated task, especially for species that migrate between breeding and wintering sites. Researchers at the University of Georgia and Tulane University have developed a mathematical model that may make such predictions more accurate. Their work appears in the early online edition of the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

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O.E. (Gene) Rhodes named director of UGA’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

Oct. 13, 2011

O.E. (Gene) Rhodes, Jr. has been appointed director of the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, a world-renowned environmental research facility on the Department of Energy’s protected Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C.

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Carl Jordan and Spring Valley EcoFarms receive conservation award

Oct. 12, 2011

Carl F. Jordan, professor emeritus in the Odum School of Ecology, and Spring Valley EcoFarms have received  the 2011 Conservationist of the Year award from the Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District.

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Porter named to International Scientific Advisory Board on Sea-Dumped Chemical Weapons

Oct. 5, 2011

James W. Porter has been appointed to the International Scientific Advisory Board on Sea-Dumped Chemical Weapons, which advises the group that implements the U.N. Chemical Weapons Convention.

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Thinking big about water quality: UGA ecologists to participate in continental-scale research study

Sep. 27, 2011

Scientists at Kansas State University, the University of Georgia, and six other collaborating institutions were recently awarded $3.3 million from the National Science Foundation to conduct a-large scale study of how stream organisms influence water quality across North America.

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Location matters: For invasive aquatic species, it’s better to start upstream

Sep. 26, 2011

Researchers have found that a species invasion that starts at the upstream edge of its range may have a major advantage over downstream competitors, at least in environments with a strong prevailing direction of water or wind currents.

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Ecology website DiscoverLife.org to celebrate first billion hits with symposium, launch of Georgia Natural History Survey

Aug. 30, 2011

DiscoverLife.org, an online interactive encyclopedia created by associate professor John Pickering of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will reach its first billion hits this fall. To celebrate this milestone and plan for the future, the Discover Life staff and collaborators will hold a symposium entitled “Discover Life: The Next Billion Hits” Oct. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. in the ecology school.

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Human pathogen killing corals in the Florida Keys

Aug. 17, 2011

A research team from Rollins College in Florida and the University of Georgia has identified human sewage as the source of the coral-killing pathogen that causes white pox disease of Caribbean elkhorn coral.

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Study: Severe low temperatures devastate coral reefs in Florida Keys

Aug. 9, 2011

Increased seawater temperatures are known to be a leading cause of the decline of coral reefs all over the world. Now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that extreme low temperatures affect certain corals in much the same way that high temperatures do, with potentially catastrophic consequences for coral ecosystems.

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Study finds that predators don’t benefit from increased insect biomass caused by nutrient enrichment

Aug. 9, 2011

A long-term study investigating how altering nutrient inputs to streams affected forest-dwelling organisms has yielded surprising results: In a paper published in the Online First edition of the journal Oecologia, researchers at the University of Georgia have shown that although nutrient enrichment led to increased production of aquatic insects, streamside predators that depend upon them as a food source did not benefit. In fact, they received significantly less nutrition from aquatic sources than did their counterparts at a similar untreated stream nearby.

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UGA study links land use with spread of West Nile virus

Jul. 29, 2011

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a mathematical model showing a link between land cover pattern and the spatial spread of West Nile virus in New York City.

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GPS program tracks UGA students' journey across U.S.

Jul. 18, 2011

For more than 20 years, the University of Georgia Interdisciplinary Field Program has allowed undergraduate students to learn geology, ecology and anthropology in a coast-to-coast outdoor classroom. This year, the students are sharing their progress by using SPOT, an online GPS tracking tool, which charts their route in real time.

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Ecological biodiversity on Savannah River Site continues to thrive

Jul. 18, 2011

Researchers at the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory have recently followed up on a study originally conducted in the 1970s and found that one of the most ecologically diverse streams in the world has not been negatively impacted by three decades of Department of Energy continued operations.

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Professor Paul Hendrix wins Soil Ecology Society Lifetime Professional Achievement Award

Jul. 6, 2011

Professor Paul Hendrix was honored with the Lifetime Professional Achievement Award from the Soil Ecology Society at the group’s biannual meeting, held in British Columbia in May.

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Andrew Park receives 2011 John M. Bowen Award

May. 11, 2011

Andrew W. Park, assistant professor in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology and the College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Infectious Diseases, has been named the recipient of the 2011 John M. Bowen Award for Excellence in Animal/Biomedical Research.

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Outbreak of strange moth posing danger to oak trees

May. 3, 2011

Black-dotted brown moth can strip the leaves off oaks

Researchers at the University of Georgia are tracking an outbreak of caterpillars that can eat and strip the leaves off oak trees, potentially affecting the tree’s health for a year or more. The leaf-eating caterpillars have been confirmed in several counties surrounding Athens, including Clarke, Madison, Oglethorpe and Oconee. They are also possibly in both Barrow and Gwinnett counties, but UGA researchers fear they are also spreading throughout the state.

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