July 20, 2011 | Research News
Ecological biodiversity on Savannah River Site continues to thrive
Researchers at the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory have recently followed up on a study originally conducted in the 1970s and found that one of the most ecologically diverse streams in the world has not been negatively impacted by three decades of Department of Energy continued operations.
June 27, 2011 | Research News
Researchers find a keystone nutrient recycler in streams
Researchers from the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology have found that certain neotropical stream ecosystems rely almost entirely on a single fish species known as the banded tetra for the critical nutrient phosphorus. In a paper recently published in the journal Ecology, the researchers, led by Gaston E. "Chip" Small, explain why this particular species plays such a crucial role-and why these stream systems are vulnerable as a result.
June 22, 2011 | General News
Northern Eurasian snowpack could be an important predictor of winter weather in U. S., team from UGA
Every winter, weather forecasters talk about the snow cover in the northern U.S. and into Canada as a factor in how deep the deep-freeze will be in the states. A new study by researchers at the University of Georgia indicates they may be looking, at least partially, in the wrong place.
June 8, 2011 | General News
U.S. agriculture deputy secretary announces national agroforestry plan at UGA
U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan unveiled a federal plan to help farmers and landowners use agroforestry to earn more money and protect the environment during a national conference held at the University of Georgia June 6.
June 1, 2011 | Research News
State Botanical Garden of Georgia receives grant to restore native plants in Oconee River floodplain
The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded a two-year grant to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, at the University of Georgia, to restore native plant species diversity to five acres of degraded floodplain habitat along the Middle Oconee River.
May 27, 2011 | General News
UGA Costa Rica serves as living biodiversity lab for Costa Rican students
The University of Georgia's satellite campus in Costa Rica recently hosted a group of 97 Costa Rican high school students for the first Lincoln School Fit4Earth: Ninth Grade Biodiversity Challenge.
May 26, 2011 | Research News
UGA Research Foundation receives $1.6 million to develop disease-resistant livestock
The University of Georgia Research Foundation has received almost $1.6 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support a team of researchers from the University of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in their efforts to develop a new technology to breed chickens resistant to Newcastle Virus.
May 26, 2011 | General News
Science paper argues against conclusion that bacteria consumed Deepwater Horizon methane
A technical comment published in the current (May 27) edition of the journal Science casts doubt on a widely publicized study that concluded that a bacterial bloom in the Gulf of Mexico consumed the methane discharged from the Deepwater Horizon well.
May 25, 2011 | Research News
UGA researchers awarded $1.34 million USDA climate change grant
Researchers and an outreach specialist at the University of Georgia have been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to identify and promote ways pine forests can be used to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The grant is part of a larger $20 million award being coordinated by the University of Florida, which is leading an 11-university consortium to conduct research, extension and outreach education about the potential for pine trees as a climate change solution.
May 23, 2011 | Research News
Georgia Sea Grant combines art and science to teach about changing ecosystems
Georgia Sea Grant brought together landscape painter Philip Juras and leading Georgia scientists to raise awareness about the processes driving ecological change on the Georgia coast for two events in Savannah earlier this month.
May 18, 2011 | General News
UGA professors to lead Weather Workshop for Bibb County teachers May 23-27
A team of science and educational experts led by a University of Georgia psychologist and atmospheric scientist will teach a group of Bibb County school teachers what they should teach their students about the science of weather and how to respond safely when it threatens.
May 11, 2011 | Research News
UGA scientists discover missing links in the biology of cloud formation over the oceans
Scientists have known for two decades that sulfur compounds that are produced by bacterioplankton as they consume decaying algae in the ocean cycle through two paths. In one, a sulfur compound dimethylsulfide, or DMS, goes into the atmosphere, where it leads to water droplet formation - the basis of clouds that cool the Earth. In the other, a sulfur compound goes into the ocean's food web, where it is eaten and returned to seawater.
May 3, 2011 | Honors & Awards
UGA weather forecasters place high in national tournament
At almost the same time that tornadoes and violent weather were devastating the South, a team of weather forecasters from the University of Georgia made a strong showing in a national weather forecasting contest.
May 3, 2011 | General News
Outbreak of strange moth posing danger to oak trees
Researchers at the University of Georgia are tracking an outbreak of caterpillars that can eat and strip the leaves off oak trees, potentially affecting the tree's health for a year or more. The leaf-eating caterpillars have been confirmed in several counties surrounding Athens, including Clarke, Madison, Oglethorpe and Oconee. They are also possibly in both Barrow and Gwinnett counties, but UGA researchers fear they are also spreading throughout the state.
April 29, 2011 | General News
Children’s musician teaches elementary school students about the Georgia Coast
Third through fifth graders at Winterville Elementary School in Clarke County recently received a crash course on the wonders of Georgia coastal ecology to tunes performed by award-winning children’s musician Roger Day.