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.
January 8, 2015 | Research News
Not a win-win: Treating for worms helps animals survive, then spread infectious diseases
Parasitic worms, which infect millions of people and animals around the world, have been shown to influence how the immune system responds to diseases like HIV and tuberculosis. In a new study of African buffalo, University of Georgia ecologist Vanessa Ezenwa found that de-worming drastically improved an animal's chances of surviving bovine tuberculosis—but with the consequence of increasing the spread of tuberculosis in the population.
November 18, 2014 | Research News
UGA receives $18.8 million to continue Gulf of Mexico oil spill research
A group of scientists led by the University of Georgia's Samantha Joye has received a new grant to continue its studies of natural oil seeps and to track the impacts of the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.
November 13, 2014 | Events on Campus
New student organization at UGA aims to promote equality in the sciences
Concerned about retaining and advancing women in science and technology careers, a group of University of Georgia students formed an organization to promote equality.
November 10, 2014 | Research News
UGA scientists receive $3 million NIH grant to develop infectious disease outbreak warning system
John Drake, an associate professor in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will use a five-year, $3.18 million grant to develop an early warning system that could help public health officials prepare for—and possibly prevent—infectious disease outbreaks.
November 5, 2014 | Research News
UGA researcher developing satellite-mapping tools to measure carbon capture in salt marshes
Coastal salt marshes are among the most valuable ecosystems in the world, efficient natural mechanisms for carbon sequestration that produce biomass above and below the ground as they soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. And while their gain and loss as protection from storm surge is well documented, their capacity for carbon capture is an unknown.
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.