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20th annual Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium to take place Jan. 17-18 at UGA

Athens, Ga. – The 20th annual Graduate Student Symposium at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology will take place on Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18 in the ecology school auditorium. GSS is free and open to all.

Ecology alumnus and GSS co-founder Robert O. Hall, who earned his doctoral degree from UGA in 1996 and is a professor of zoology and physiology at the University of Wyoming, will give the keynote address.

GSS, which is organized and run by Odum School graduate students, provides an opportunity for ecology students at all levels to give professional presentations about their original research. This year’s GSS features 35 oral presentations by graduate students and nine posters by undergraduates.

Oral presentations take place on Jan. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. Most oral presentations are 15 minutes long, but a rapid-fire session featuring 5-minute talks will take place on Saturday morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Poster sessions are on Jan. 17 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Odum School lobby.

Hall studies biogeochemistry and food webs in stream ecosystems from the western U.S. to Venezuela. He has researched the impacts of the invasive New Zealand mudsnail, is part of a project studying large-scale manipulations in the Colorado River, and often collaborates with other Odum School graduates. He will present his talk, “The Odums’ legacy: Metabolism in many rivers,” on Jan. 18 at 3:45 p.m.

More information, including the complete schedule, can be found at