April 20, 2015 | Research News
Animal parasite study could help humans ‘manage nasty diseases’
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 University of Georgia researchers.
April 15, 2015 | Research News
Parasite load influences outcome of animal fights, UGA student study finds
University of Georgia ecologist Andy Davis and his students studied beetles and their parasite loads last summer as part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates program at UGA, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Their results-that infected beetles were slightly more likely to lose fights-were published earlier this month in the journal PLOS One.
April 10, 2015 | Events on Campus
2015 UGA Earth Week to celebrate green initiatives, volunteer opportunities
Each spring, the University of Georgia hosts UGA Earth Week to encourage sustainable living. The weeklong celebration centers on the national Earth Day holiday on April 22.
April 9, 2015 | Events on Campus
Ecologist Nancy Grimm to deliver 2015 Odum Lecture at UGA
Ecologist Nancy Grimm will deliver the 30th annual Odum Lecture at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology on April 21 at 4 p.m. in the ecology auditorium. Her presentation will be followed by a reception and is free and open to the public.
April 7, 2015 | Research News
UGA researcher proposes theory on how metabolism, carbon affect ecosystem
Through their metabolic cycle, humans and other organisms break down molecules that include carbon to temporarily obtain energy from the environment. New research from the University of Georgia takes this a step further, demonstrating that these organisms predictably affect the properties of the ecosystems around them.
March 30, 2015 | Events on Campus
Law professor who argued ‘snail darter’ case to give Odum Environmental Ethics Lecture at UGA
Zygmunt Plater, a professor of law at Boston College, will give the University of Georgia's Odum Environmental Ethics Lecture on April 10 at 4 p.m. in Room 125 of the Jackson Street Building. Plater will speak on "The Snail Darter and the Dam: A Very Small Endangered Fish's Travels Through the Corridors of American Power."
March 23, 2015 | Research News
Setting a dinner table for wildlife can affect their risk of disease
Supplemental feeding of wildlife can increase the spread of some infectious diseases and decrease the spread of others. A new study by University of Georgia ecologists finds that the outcome depends on the type of pathogen and the source of food.
March 13, 2015 | General News
UGA awards student scholarships for study abroad in sustainability
Two University of Georgia students recently received scholarships as part of the Office of Sustainability's Study Abroad in Sustainability. The awards—to graduate student Rachel Durham of Gulf Breeze, Florida, and undergraduate James "Walker" Tuten of Roswell—were made possible by the Brittney Fox Watts Memorial Endowment.
March 5, 2015 | Research News
Nutrient pollution damages streams in ways previously unknown, ecologists find
An important food resource has been disappearing from streams without anyone noticing until now.
March 2, 2015 | Events on Campus
Pulitzer Prize winning environmental journalist Dan Fagin to speak at UGA
Environmental journalist Dan Fagin will discuss his 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning book, "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation," March 19 at 4 p.m. in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology's auditorium.
February 3, 2015 | Research News
UGA study finds high marine debris, need for standardized reporting along Georgia coast
University of Georgia researchers are hoping to find a consistent way to record the marine debris—particularly pieces of plastic—crowding Georgia's beaches as part of an effort to find a solution for the growing problem.
January 29, 2015 | General News
Monarch butterfly survey conveys both ‘despair and hope,’ according to UGA experts
A report on monarch butterflies by the World Wildlife Fund reveals that the area occupied by migratory monarchs wintering in Mexico in 2014 was 69 percent greater than last winter's historic low—but is still the second-smallest area occupied since record-keeping began in 1993, pointing to the need for continued conservation efforts.
January 15, 2015 | Research News
Canceled flights: For monarch butterflies, loss of migration means more disease
Human activities are disrupting the migration patterns of many species, including monarch butterflies. Some monarchs have stopped migrating to their traditional overwintering sites in Mexico, remaining in the southern U.S. to breed during the winter.
January 13, 2015 | Research News
New model predicts Ebola epidemic in Liberia could be ended by June
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.
January 12, 2015 | Events on Campus
UGA’s Odum School of Ecology to hold graduate student symposium Jan. 16-17
The 21st annual Graduate Student Symposium at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology will be held Friday, Jan. 16 and Saturday, Jan. 17 in the ecology auditorium. A showcase for student research, the symposium is free and open to the public.