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Alkaff, MS CESD '97, honored by the White House

Nov. 10, 2015

On July 20, 2015, Huda Alkaff, MS CESD '97, was one of twelve people of faith recognized by the White House as “Champions of Change” for their efforts in protecting our environment and communities from the effects of climate change.

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Gaiser, PhD '97, appointed executive director of School of Environment, Arts and Society at Florida International University

May. 12, 2015

Evelyn Gaiser, PhD '97, has been appointed executive director of FIU’s School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) and associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences at Florida International University.

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Kartzinel, PhD ’12, featured in E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation video

Feb. 20, 2015

Research by Tyler Kartzinel, PhD ’12, and his colleague Tyler Coverdale is the subject of “Gorongosa Field Notes: Going Back in Time Four Decades,” part of a video series produced by the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.

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Parsons, MS CESD ’00, blogs about salamanders for National Geographic

Feb. 20, 2015

A post by Doug Parsons, MS CESD ’00, was featured on the National Geographic Voices blog on Jan. 23, 2015.

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Machmuller, PhD ’14, featured on PBS NewsHour

Nov. 26, 2014

Megan Machmuller, PhD ’14, is featured on the Nov. 24, 2014 episode the PBS program NewsHour. The segment covers climate change research in Alaska conducted by Machmuller and colleagues from Colorado State University, where she is currently a postdoctoral fellow.

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D'Elia, PhD '74, receives 2014 Alumni of Distinction Award from UGA Graduate School

Nov. 21, 2014

Christopher Francis D'Elia, PhD '74, was one of 10 graduates honored by the University of Georgia Graduate School with the 2014 Alumni of Distinction Award.

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Julie Rushmore, PhD '13, wins ESA's Volterra Award

Jan. 14, 2014

Julie Rushmore, who received her Ph.D. from the Odum School in 2013 and is pursuing a D.V.M. degree in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, has received the Volterra Award for the Best Student Presentation in Theoretical Ecology from the Ecological Society of America.

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Tim Carter, PhD '06, receives $2.9 million NSF grant to create a new kind of science museum

Jan. 10, 2014

Tim Carter, PhD '06, director of the Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University, has received a four-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create sites along six Indianapolis waterways where arts and science will be used to educate the public about Indianapolis’s water system.

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Odum School alumnus Daniel Streicker is first winner of new international prize from Science and SciLifeLab

Dec. 5, 2013

Daniel Streicker, who received his Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Georgia in 2011, has been named the first grand prize winner of the new Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists.

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Ecology alumnus Peter Griffith one of 16 honored as 2013 UGA Alumni of Distinction

Oct. 28, 2013

Ecology alumnus Peter C. Griffith, PhD ’88, was one of 16 honored by the University of Georgia Graduate School with the 2013 Alumni of Distinction Award for achieving exceptional success in their professional careers and in service to their community.

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Kacie Moreno-Schoen Darden, BS/MS CESD '05: Ecology Alumna Breaks Female 2-Person World Record in Race Across America

Oct. 17, 2013

Ecology alumna Kacie Moreno-Schoen Darden, BS/MS CESD '05, took part in the 2013 Race Across America, a grueling endurance bicycle competition that begins in Oceanside, CA and ends 3,000 miles later in Annapolis, MD. She and her teammate set the world record for female two-person teams in the event.

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EcoVoice Alumni News: September 2012-June 2013

Oct. 8, 2013

Alumni News updates from the 2013 issue of EcoVoice Magazine.

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Two Odum School alumni among eight from UGA awarded Fulbrights

Oct. 7, 2013

Two recent ecology graduates were among eight UGA students awarded international travel-study grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2013-2014 academic year.

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SREL researchers help ‘extinct in the wild’ toad return home

Oct. 7, 2013

Scientists from the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory have helped to reintroduce a species of toad declared extinct in the wild to its native range—the world’s first reintroduction of an extinct-in-the-wild amphibian.

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Beth Shapiro, BS/MS ’99, named one of UGA Alumni Association’s Forty Under Forty

Sep. 15, 2011

Beth Shapiro, who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in ecology from the University of Georgia in 1999, has been honored by the UGA Alumni Association as one of its “40 Under Forty” for 2011.

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Study shows climate change could drive loss of 50% of western U.S. trout habitat

Aug. 25, 2011

Research by Odum School of Ecology alumnus Seth Wenger, Ph.D. ’06, about how climate change affects trout in the western U.S. has received widespread coverage in the media, including stories in the New York Times, Nature, Science, and more than 50 other news outlets.

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Human pathogen killing corals in the Florida Keys

Aug. 24, 2011

A research team at Rollins College in Florida and the University of Georgia has identified human sewage as the source of the coral-killing pathogen that causes white pox disease of Caribbean elkhorn coral. The study was led by Odum School of Ecology alumna Kathryn Patterson Sutherland, MS CESD '97, associate professor of biology at Rollins.

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Ecology Alumna Carrie Futch awarded fellowship with American Society for Microbiology/Centers for Disease Control

Aug. 18, 2011

Carrie Futch, Ph.D. '10, a post-doctoral researcher with the University of Georgia College of Public Health, has been named a recipient of a post-doctoral fellowship in infectious disease and public health microbiology through the American Society for Microbiology and Centers for Disease Control.

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UGA researchers find a keystone nutrient recycler in streams

Jul. 6, 2011

Researchers from the UGA Odum School of Ecology have found that certain neotropical stream ecosystems rely almost entirely on a single fish species known as the banded tetra for the critical nutrient phosphorus. In a paper recently published in the journal Ecology, the researchers, led by Gaston E. “Chip” Small, Ph.D. '10, explain why this particular species plays such a crucial role—and why these stream systems are vulnerable as a result.

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Chip Small, Ph.D. '10, receives Graduate Student Excellence in Research Award

May. 6, 2011

The University of Georgia Graduate School honored Gaston “Chip” Small with its 2011 Graduate Student Excellence in Research Award in Life Sciences. Small received his doctorate from the Odum School of Ecology in 2010.

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Freshwater sustainability challenges shared by Southwest and Southeast, researchers find

Dec. 21, 2010

A team of researchers that includes Odum School postdoctoral associate John Kominoski, Ph.D. '08, has found that the Southeast, with the exception of Florida, does not have enough water capacity to meet its own needs.

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Beth A. Shapiro (BS ’99, MS ’99) receives Young Alumnus Award

Feb. 18, 2011

Ecology alumna Beth A. Shapiro (BS ’99, MS ’99), assistant professor at Penn State University, will receive the University of Georgia Young Alumnus Award on Nov. 5, 2010, for her professional and civic contributions and her continuing engagement with UGA.

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UGA ecology alumnus receives Graduate Student Excellence in Research Award

Apr. 8, 2010

The University of Georgia Graduate School honored Odum School of Ecology graduate Dr. Michael Strickland (Ph.D. '09) with its annual Graduate Student Excellence in Research Award in the Life Sciences on March 18, 2010.

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Beth A. Shapiro (BS ’99, MS ’99) wins 2009 MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant

Oct. 25, 2010

Beth Shapiro (BS ’99, MS ’99) was a 2009 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award—a $500,000 no-strings-attached grant given to 24 people throughout the world each year. She is the first UGA alumnus to win the award.

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Lovich Receives Fulbright Senior Specialists Award

Jul. 18, 2008

Dr. Jeff Lovich (Ph.D. '90), Deputy Director at the Southwest Biological Science Center of USGS, has been selected for a Fulbright Senior Specialists project in Marrakech, Morocco at Cadi Ayyad University during May 2008, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Lovich will present a series of lectures on ecological research techniques to graduate and undergraduate students at the University, will assist in the development of a new graduate program, and will deliver the keynote address at the First Annual Meeting of the Moroccan Society of Herpetology.

Balch & Bingham’s Scott Hitch Earns LEED Accredited Professional Designation from U.S

Jul. 18, 2008

In May 2008, Balch & Bingham LLP today announced that Scott E. Hitch (B.S.'96), a partner in the firm’s environmental and natural resources group, had been designated as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). According to the GBCI’s online directory, Hitch is one of three Georgia lawyers with this accreditation, and only 55 nationwide.

Hitch joins a select group of attorneys who can ably navigate through a host of green building trends, as well as understand emerging state, federal and international climate change and carbon regulatory programs.

Shapiro Named One of America's Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences

Jul. 18, 2008

Beth Shapiro (B.S. ’99) was profiled in Smithsonian magazine for being one of America’s Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. Shapiro has determined a method to isolate dodo DNA.

Crossing boundaries is a favorite mode. While still in high school, Shapiro worked as an aspiring broadcast journalist for a TV station in Rome, Georgia. In college, she got sidetracked by Mandarin Chinese, geology, Spanish and English literature, then settled on an ecology major. She received her doctorate in evolutionary biology from Oxford in just three years—and still found time to head the university's wine club and host a local radio call-in science show. Shapiro now serves on the faculty at Penn State.

Lakly Appointed State Director of GA Nature Conservancy

Jul. 18, 2008

The Nature Conservancy in Georgia announced the appointment of Michelle (Shelly) Lakly, Ph.D. ('99), to the position of state director for the Georgia program.

A native Georgian, Lakly comes to The Nature Conservancy from Zoo Atlanta where she was the vice president of education and conservation programs. Prior to her position at Zoo Atlanta, Lakly was a research scientist at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory where she specialized in stream restoration and recovery. A three-time graduate of the University of Georgia, Lakly earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s and doctoral degrees in ecology.