Beth Gavrilles

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Articles by Beth Gavrilles

Oct. 25 2017

Investing in conservation pays off, study finds

Governments and donors have spent billions of dollars since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit attempting to slow the pace of species extinctions around the world. Now, a new paper in Nature provides the first clear evidence that those efforts are working.

Sep. 26 2017

‘Chasing Coral,’ award-winning documentary with UGA ties, coming to Athens

Several institutions from across the University of Georgia campus have partnered to engage the public and raise awareness about declining coral health around the world with a free screening of the award-winning documentary "Chasing Coral" on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Tate Student Center Theatre.

Apr. 10 2017

New model maps likelihood of Ebola spillovers

Ecologists at the University of Georgia have developed a model that maps the likelihood of Ebola virus "spillovers" — when the virus jumps from its long-term host to humans or animals such as great apes — across Africa on a month-by-month basis.

Feb. 27 2017

More mosquito species than previously thought may transmit Zika

Zika virus could be transmitted by more mosquito species than those currently known, according to a new predictive model created by ecologists at the University of Georgia and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

Jan. 20 2017

Sundance film ‘Chasing Coral’ features UGA ecologist James W. Porter

"Chasing Coral" follows scientists charting the loss of coral reefs around the world.

Nov. 14 2016

New center will make UGA a world leader in infectious disease ecology

With the launch of the new Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases, the University of Georgia is poised to become a world leader in the increasingly important field of disease ecology.

Nov. 1 2016

Study explains factors that influence the timing of infectious disease outbreaks

The delay between the time when a disease outbreak becomes possible and when it actually happens depends chiefly on how frequently infection is introduced to the population and how quickly the number of cases caused by a single individual increases, according to new research from the University of Georgia.

Sep. 12 2016

Scientists use genetic analysis to forecast spatial expansion of rabies in Peru

Rabies is likely to appear on the Pacific coast of Peru—an area where it currently does not occur—within four years, according to a report by an international team of researchers just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Jul. 21 2016

Ecologists create a framework for predicting new infectious diseases

Ecologists at the University of Georgia are leading a global effort to predict where new infectious diseases are likely to emerge. In a paper published in Ecology Letters, they describe how macroecology—the study of ecological patterns and processes across broad scales of time and space—can provide valuable insights about disease.

Jul. 14 2016

Ecologists identify potential new sources of Ebola and other filoviruses

An international team of ecologists has identified the bat species with the greatest potential to harbor filoviruses-a family that includes Ebola virus. Writing in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, they suggest that areas where many of these species overlap, notably in Southeast Asia, should be targeted for disease surveillance and virus discovery efforts.

Jul. 8 2016

UGA alum named Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellow

Haley Nagle, who graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in ecology and entomology, has been named a Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellow.

Jun. 8 2016

Sexual transmission of Ebola likely to impact course of outbreaks

Sexual transmission of the Ebola virus could have a major impact on the dynamics of the disease, potentially reigniting an outbreak that has been contained by public health interventions, according to research by University of Georgia ecologists just published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

Mar. 29 2016

Watershed UGA launches campaign to ‘daylight’ campus streams

Most of the streams that run through the University of Georgia campus flow through culverts underground, making them out of sight and out of mind. A recent survey of students and community members found that more than 20 percent of those asked weren't aware that there are any streams on campus.

Feb. 2 2016

Helping the helpers: Improving safety for volunteer wildlife rehabilitators

Volunteer wildlife rehabilitators in Australia help protect the public from diseases carried by bats. A new study provides recommendations for future investment by state and territory governments that could reduce health risks to the volunteers themselves.

Jan. 4 2016

New model uses public health statistics to signal when disease elimination is imminent

Ecologists at the University of Georgia have developed a model showing that public health surveillance data can be used to signal when a disease is approaching eradication. Their research, just published in Theoretical Ecology, lays the groundwork for a potential new tool in the fight against infectious diseases.

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