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Student ecology symposium

The 12th annual Ecology Graduate Student Symposium will be held Jan. 20-21 at UGA’s Institute of Ecology. The event offers the public a peek at student research and service projects, often in cutting-edge areas of environmental study and ahead of publication in professional journals. 

Students will report on research they have conducted across the Western hemisphere from North America all the way to Cape Horn. Topics range as widely, from assessing UGA’s environmental literacy requirement to a description of life in the subantarctic Robalo River in Omora Park, Chile.

On Jan. 21, William Cale, ecology alumnus and president of the University of North Alabama, will give the plenary address, entitled  “An Ecologist Reflects on Pathways, Paradigms and Practicality.”  Cale has published extensively on the economics of tropical forest preservation and has considerable experience in teaching and research. 

An undergraduate poster session will conclude Jan. 20 events, and on Jan. 21 Cale’s talk will be followed by a reception. The symposium begins at 9 a.m. on both days in the Ecology auditorium.

The symposium is free and open to the public. More information is available online (