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.
July 31, 2014 | General News
Experts available to comment on flesh-eating bacteria
Warnings have been issued for beach-goers surrounding a flesh-eating bacteria thriving in the warm ocean waters. Vibrio vulnificus grows in warm water and if swallowed can cause stomachache, vomiting and diarrhea, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If it enters an open wound, "skin breakdown and ulceration" can also occur, the CDC said. University of Georgia experts are available to offer commentary on flesh-eating bacteria.
July 30, 2014 | Research News
UGA Skidaway Institute researchers complete ‘26 Hours on the Marsh’
Pitching a tent in the woods and fighting off mosquitos may not sound like logistics of a typical oceanography experiment, but that is how researchers at the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography completed an intensive, round-the-clock sampling regimen this month. The project, dubbed "26 Hours on the Marsh" was designed to investigate how salt marshes function and interact with their surrounding environment-specifically how bacteria consume and process carbon in the marsh.
July 22, 2014 | Research News
New model helps explain how human-provided food resources promote or reduce wildlife disease
Scientists have long known that providing supplemental food for wildlife, or resource provisioning, can sometimes cause more harm than good. University of Georgia ecologists have developed a new mathematical model to tease apart the processes that help explain why. Their research, which has implications for public health and wildlife conservation, appears in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.
July 14, 2014 | General News
UGA Skidaway Institute scientists to conduct ‘26 Hours on the Marsh’
Researchers at the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography will conduct an intensive regimen of around-the-clock sampling and testing into salt marsh biological and chemical activity on July 16-17. Dubbed "26 Hours on the Marsh," the program is part of a joint research effort between UGA Skidaway Institute and researchers from the University of Tennessee to study how salt marshes function and interact with their surrounding environment.
June 12, 2014 | Research News
Network-based vaccinations may control disease outbreaks in endangered chimps
Vaccines are available for many infectious diseases that threaten endangered great ape populations, but immunizing enough animals to prevent outbreaks can be logistically challenging.
June 5, 2014 | Research News
UGA researchers co-author natural resources roadmap outlining ‘grand challenges’ to U.S.
Two University of Georgia researchers have co-authored a new "roadmap" intended to help prioritize research, education and policy decisions about natural resources in the U.S. The plan outlines six "grand challenges" facing the country's sustainability, water, climate change, agriculture and education.