UGA aquatic conservation science symposium

UGA Odum School of Ecology hosts aquatic conservation science symposium

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology will host “Aquatic Conservation Science: Merging Theory and Application” on Oct. 3-4. The symposium is being held in honor of the careers of emeritus faculty members Judith L. Meyer and Gene Helfman.

The one-day symposium will feature individual talks and a panel discussion and includes internationally renowned speakers on aquatic conservation science. Speakers will represent areas of expertise including ecosystem and fisheries science, aquatic conservation policy and water resource management.

“The professional legacies of Gene and Judy are wide and deep,” said Laurie Fowler, co-director of the Odum School’s River Basin Center. “Gene has written the world’s leading textbook on the conservation of fishes. His involvement in endangered species has resulted in both the advancement of science and much greater protection. And besides being an internationally recognized aquatic scientist, Judy has applied her expertise to the better development of federal, state and local policies through leadership on boards ranging from those established by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. EPA and much more.”

A poster session and opening reception will kick off the event at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3 in the Odum School lobby. The formal sessions will begin Saturday, Oct.4 at 8 a.m. in the Odum School auditorium. Speaker presentations will occur throughout the day and the event will culminate with a banquet.

There is a registration fee of $100 for non-students and $55 for students. Registration forms must be completed by Monday, Sept. 8. To register or for more information, please see: http://www.rivercenter.uga.edu/helfmeyer.htm.

With roots that date back to the 1950s, the UGA Odum School of Ecology offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a certification program. Namesake Eugene P. Odum is recognized internationally as a pioneer of ecosystem ecology. The school is ranked tenth by U.S. News and World Report for its graduate program. The Odum School is the first standalone school of ecology in the world. For more information, see http://www.ecology.uga.edu.