Rebecca Bell has been part of the Odum School family for almost 40 years. She has nurtured countless UGA Ecology students, their projects, and even their careers - since she began working with sea turtles on Little Cumberland Island in 1970. Rebecca makes an annual gift to the Ecology Fund, which is the backbone of support for all Odum School programs. In her own words, this is why Bell supports the Odum School.
"I have been involved for several decades with Dr. James Richardson at the Odum School of Ecology. Projects have included the Georgia Sea Turtle Cooperative, Rainforestry, Inc. (a tropical conservation project in Costa Rica), the Little Cumberland Island Loggerhead Sea Turtle Project and the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Research Project in Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies. It has been my great pleasure to give to the Odum School of Ecology in support of the undergraduates in Ecology; they are an exciting group of young scientists with whom to work. I have enjoyed reading about the experiences of the Odum School students who have visited Selvatica, the wilderness rainforest preserve with which I am involved, and I have sensed the excitement in these students that has derived from their learning experiences. I have been involved in hiring many students and recent graduates of the School of Ecology to work on the Little Cumberland Loggerhead Turtle Project and the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project over the years. In fact, one recent graduate, Ben Morrison, has just completed two years of sea turtle research on Little Cumberland Island, and he has used this experience to move on to a new environmental position on Little St. Simon's Island. It is deeply satisfying for me to follow the development of such student careers and to feel an integral part of the system."
Rebecca Bell with Ben Morrison, the UGA Ecology alumnus recently named Chief Naturalist on Little St. Simons Island.