December 6, 2013 | General News
New guidebook to help Georgia communities protect wetlands
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. "Local Wetland Programs: A Guide for Georgia Communities" by RBC Senior Legal Fellow Katie Sheehan contains background information on wetlands and existing laws, programs and policies. It also includes 25 regulatory and non-regulatory programs communities can implement, funding and technical resources and strategies for avoiding legal challenges.
December 4, 2013 | General News
UGA Skidaway Institute assists in sea turtle release
Delta, a loggerhead sea turtle, spent the first 15 months of her life in an aquarium tank, but now she is swimming free in the Atlantic Ocean, courtesy of the UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and its Research Vessel Savannah.
November 7, 2013 | Events on Campus
EcoFocus Film Festival brings documentary ‘Trashed’ to Athens Nov. 12
EcoFocus Film Festival, an initiative of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will present a special screening of the new documentary film "Trashed" on Nov. 12 at Ciné in downtown Athens, the third and final screening of its fall film series.
October 24, 2013 | Events on Campus
UGA’s Carl F. Jordan to discuss new book on sustainable agriculture
Carl F. Jordan, a 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.
October 14, 2013 | Events on Campus
EcoFocus Film Festival to bring documentary ‘Pandora’s Promise’ to Athens
The EcoFocus Film Festival, an initiative of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will present a special screening of the new documentary film "Pandora's Promise" on Oct. 17 at Ciné in downtown Athens, the second in a series of films presented this fall.
October 10, 2013 | General News
Georgia 4-H celebrates millionth environmental education student
With the arrival of 456 third- through fifth-graders at the University of Georgia Rock Eagle 4-H Center on Thursday, Oct. 10, Georgia 4-H marked its millionth student served by its environmental education program.
September 30, 2013 | Research News
Alber named UGA Marine Institute director
University of Georgia professor of marine sciences Merryl Alber will become director of the University of Georgia Marine Institute at Sapelo Island, effective Oct. 1.
September 20, 2013 | Honors & Awards
Skidaway Institute professor nominated for award
A paper published by University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography professor Marc Frischer has been nominated for the James LaBounty Award as the best paper published during the past year in the scientific journal, Lake and Reservoir Management. Published by the North American Lake Management Society, the journal features peer-reviewed scientific papers targeting a largely technical audience of academics and lake managers.
September 13, 2013 | Research News
Immune system study could help conserve endangered species
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.
September 5, 2013 | Events on Campus
EcoFocus Film Festival to bring acclaimed documentary ‘Blackfish’ to Athens
The EcoFocus Film Festival, an initiative of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will present a preview of the new documentary "Blackfish" Sept. 12 at Ciné in downtown Athens. The film is the first in a series that will be presented this fall.
September 4, 2013 | Research News
New research explores theories about aging and death in plants
According to Benjamin Franklin, "nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." But what if Franklin had it wrong—at least about death? University of Georgia ecologist Richard P. Shefferson explored this question in the Journal of Ecology in a special issue he coedited about the latest research on senescence—the physical process of aging and death—in plants and, in particular, the idea that certain plants might be immune from this seemingly universal phenomenon.
August 20, 2013 | Events on Campus
Odum School of Ecology to celebrate Eugene P. Odum’s centennial
The University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology will host a celebration in honor of the 100th birthday of its founder and namesake, Eugene P. Odum, on Sept. 17 from 3-5 p.m. in the ecology building. The event is open to the public, and cake and ice cream will be served.
August 1, 2013 | Research News
As climate, disease links become clearer, study highlights need to forecast future shifts
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.
July 31, 2013 | Research News
UGA’s Samantha Joye organizes rapid response to study Hercules blowout incident
University of Georgia marine scientist Samantha Joye organized the first research effort immediately following the Hercules natural gas well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. The rapid response research cruise was on site four days after the incident began on July 22, when workers lost control of the well and the blowout preventer failed.
July 25, 2013 | Research News
Connections found between wetland cover, transmission rates of hemorrhagic disease
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.