October 22, 2014 | General News
High school student tackles insect powerhouse through UGA Young Dawgs Program
A recent study in the Journal of Insect Behavior by Andy Davis, a faculty member in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, found that horned passalus beetles can lift more than 300 times their own weight without breaking a sweat. Now, Davis has teamed up with Jake LeFeuvre, a senior from Oconee County High School, to find out how internal parasites influence the beetles' strength.
October 6, 2014 | Honors & Awards
Sonia Altizer named UGA Athletic Association Professor in Ecology
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.
October 2, 2014 | General News
UGA ecologist publishes new ‘Foundations’ textbook on macroecology
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.
October 2, 2014 | Events on Campus
UGA marine sciences to present ‘Science at the Stadium’ this Saturday
The University of Georgia marine sciences department and faculty will present "Science at the Stadium" on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the north entry to the Georgia Center for Continuing Education across from the Lumpkin Street entrance to the South Campus parking deck.
October 1, 2014 | Research News
Genetic analysis reveals surprises about the monarch butterfly
With their distinctive orange wings, remarkable long-distance migration and widespread presence, monarch butterflies are some of the most recognizable butterflies in the world. A team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of Chicago and including University of Georgia ecologist 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.
September 24, 2014 | Honors & Awards
Nibbelink named director of UGA’s Center for Integrative Conservation Research
The University of Georgia's Center for Integrative Conservation Research has tapped Nate Nibbelink to lead its efforts to support innovative approaches to conservation and sustainability challenges.
September 17, 2014 | Research News
Species going extinct 1,000 times faster than in pre-human times, study finds
University of Georgia ecologists 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.
September 9, 2014 | General News
UGA’s SREL scientists give desert tortoises in California a head start
Research scientists from the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory participated in the recent dedication ceremony of the Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility in Mountain Pass, California.
September 9, 2014 | General News
UGA experts available to speak on 2014 State of the Birds
The University of Georgia has experts available to speak on the 2014 State of the Birds report released today. Published 100 years after the demise of the last passenger pigeon, the report offers an overview of bird population data and trends, highlighting conservation success stories as well as species threatened with extinction.
September 3, 2014 | Research News
Sick gopher tortoises are unusually mobile, could be leading to disease spread, UGA study finds
Assumptions about how much and how far chronically ill gopher tortoises move around could be wrong, a new University of Georgia study has found. Following the movements of tortoises sick with upper respiratory tract diseases showed that the ailing reptiles migrate farther and could be spreading diseases more than originally thought.
August 29, 2014 | General News
UGA experts available to speak on Endangered Species Act addition of threatened coral
The University of Georgia has experts available to speak on the Aug. 27 decision by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to list 20 species of coral as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
August 22, 2014 | Honors & Awards
UGA professor emeritus receives meritorious teaching award in ichthyology
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.
August 11, 2014 | Research News
UGA Skidaway Institute to study offshore sand resources to increase coastal resiliency
Severe beach erosion can be a significant problem for coastal communities affected by hurricanes and tropical storms like Hurricane Sandy. To assist Georgia communities in future recovery efforts, the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography entered into a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to evaluate existing data on Georgia's offshore sand resources and identify where more data are needed. This consolidated information will increase knowledge of Georgia's offshore sand resources and contribute to long-term coastal resilience planning.
August 6, 2014 | General News
Georgia Sea Grant helps coastal communities plan for port expansion
As the $706 million Savannah Harbor Expansion Project begins, the University of Georgia and Georgia Sea Grant are poised to help coastal residents adapt to changes that are expected to bring additional jobs and prosperity to their communities.
August 1, 2014 | Research News
SREL, DOE bring wood stork back from brink of extinction
Thanks to the hard work of conservationists across the United States, the once imperiled American wood stork has been down-listed from endangered to threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Among the many organizations responsible for bringing the large wading bird back from the brink of extinction are the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy.