February 28, 2014 | Honors & Awards
Paper by UGA ecologists wins inaugural award from Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
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 at a ceremony on Feb. 26 at the Royal Society in London that marked the launch of the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science.
February 27, 2014 | Research News
Report finds protecting natural areas makes good fiscal sense
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.
February 11, 2014 | Events on Campus
2014 EcoFocus Film Festival set for March 19-29 in Athens
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.
February 10, 2014 | Research News
UGA researchers receive $727,000 NSF grant to study organism on Georgia’s coast
Every year around the Fourth of July, populations of a single-celled organism called Thaumarchaeota explode in the coastal waters throughout the Southeastern United States, increasing more than 1,000 times higher than normal. It's a puzzling event that affects nitrogen availability and the fertility of coastal waters and may contribute to excess production of nitrous oxide, an important greenhouse gas.
February 10, 2014 | Research News
Healthy rivers make healthy marshes, says Sapelo Island research
The health of salt marshes on the Georgia coast depends on the amount of water flowing through the state's rivers, according to a new study from the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Research program, which operates out of the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island.
February 6, 2014 | Research News
Drought affects the carbon cycle in Georgia blackwater rivers
Droughts might be affecting how Georgia's blackwater rivers process carbon, according to a new study led by an ecologist while he was at the University of Georgia. The results, which were published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, report less carbon being transported downstream, higher concentrations of carbon in the water and increasing rates of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere in years following droughts.
January 14, 2014 | Honors & Awards
UGA student wins Volterra Award
Julie Rushmore, a University of Georgia doctoral student, has received the Volterra Award for the Best Student Presentation in Theoretical Ecology from the Ecological Society of America. Rushmore, who received a Ph.D. from the UGA Odum School of Ecology in 2013 and is pursuing a D.V.M. degree in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, won the award for her talk, "Network-based vaccination improves prospects for disease control in wild chimpanzees," delivered at the 2013 ESA annual meeting in Minneapolis.
January 13, 2014 | Research News
Poison-breathing bacteria may be boon to industry, environment
Buried deep in the mud along the banks of a remote salt lake near Yosemite National Park are colonies of bacteria with an unusual property: they breathe a toxic metal to survive. Researchers from the University of Georgia discovered the bacteria on a recent field expedition to Mono Lake in California, and their experiments with this unusual organism show that it may one day become a useful tool for industry and environmental protection.
January 7, 2014 | Research News
Research offers new insights into cross-species parasite transmission
Researchers at the University of Georgia 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. Their work, recently published in Theoretical Population Biology, could eventually help public health officials develop intervention strategies for diseases that jump between species.
December 19, 2013 | Research News
USACE, UGA researchers develop new model to assess fish passage
Fishes, such as salmon, who must swim upstream to their birthplace to spawn are often impeded by obstacles like dams and roads that crisscross rivers and streams. A team of researchers from the University of Georgia and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center has developed a new model that could help environmental managers determine the most cost-effective way to improve the fishes' chances of reaching spawning grounds. Their work was recently published in the journal Ecological Applications.
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.