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.
June 3, 2014 | Research News
UGA ecologists provide close-up of coral bleaching event
New research by University of Georgia ecologists sheds light on exactly what happens to coral during periods of excessively high water temperatures. Their study, published in the journal Limnology and Oceanography, documents a coral bleaching event in the Caribbean in minute detail and sheds light on how it changed a coral's community of algae—a change that could have long-term consequences for coral health, as bleaching is predicted to occur more frequently in the future.
May 29, 2014 | Research News
New tools help protect world’s threatened species
New tools to collect and share information could help stem the loss of the world's threatened species, according to a paper published today in the journal Science. The study—by an international team of scientists that included John L. Gittleman, dean of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology—was led by Stuart L. Pimm of Duke University and Clinton N. Jenkins of the Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas in Brazil.
May 13, 2014 | Honors & Awards
John Gittleman named UGA Foundation Professor in Ecology
John L. Gittleman, founding dean of the Odum School of Ecology, has been named the University of Georgia Foundation Professor in Ecology.
May 12, 2014 | Research News
Fish communities key to balancing nutrients in coral reefs, UGA study finds
Coral reefs are among the most productive—and imperiled—ecosystems in the world. One of the many threats they face is pollution from runoff and poorly treated wastewater, which upsets the delicate balance of nutrients they require.
April 28, 2014 | Research News
Model shows long-distance migration can lower risk of disease transmission, impact
Animals that migrate long distances are often implicated in the spread of infectious diseases, but there is growing evidence that long-distance migration may actually lower the risks of pathogen transmission in some cases.
March 25, 2014 | Events on Campus
2014 Odum Lecturer Marlene Zuk to speak on rapid evolution, gender in science
Marlene Zuk, professor of biological sciences at the University of Minnesota, will deliver the 29th annual Odum Lecture in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology on April 1 at 4 p.m. in the ecology auditorium. Her presentation, "Rapid Evolution in Silence: Adaptive Signal Loss in the Pacific Field Cricket," will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m.
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.