Four current Odum School of Ecology students and three Odum alumni are among a record-setting 20 from UGA to receive Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation in 2017. These highly competitive fellowships—only 2,000 were awarded out of more than 13,000 applicants nationwide—provide funding for three years of study and research for outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
Current Odum School student award recipients are Caitlin Camille Conn, Robbie Richards, Claire Teitelbaum and David Vasquez. Alumni recipients are Henry Adams, Sara Black and Zack Holmes.
Doctoral student Caitlin Camille Conn, co-advised by Amy Rosemond and Seth Wenger, studies how human activities, especially management practices, impact freshwater ecosystems and how scientific research can be used to better inform these management practices. Her current research aims to quantify the effects of different flow conditions, and thus different management strategies, on the key ecological functions of stream metabolism and nutrient retention.
Henry Adams, who received his B.S. in 2015, will be entering the doctoral program in wildlife ecology at the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, where he will be advised by Sonia Hernandez, PhD ’08.
Sara Black, a Udall Scholar and who received her B.S. in ecology and anthropology in 2014, is pursuing a doctorate in geography at UGA. Her research interests include social movement structure, restorative justice, agriculture, resourceful methodologies and strategies for scholar activists and justice workers and popular education.
Zack Holmes, who received his B.S. in 2014, is pursuing his doctorate at Duke University in molecular genetics and microbiology.
Doctoral student Robbie Richards, co-advised by John Drake and Vanessa Ezenwa, is interested in community ecology of infectious disease, heterogeneities in disease transmission, and species distribution modeling. He studies the gastrointestinal worm parasites of wild ungulates on the National Bison Range in Montana.
Doctoral student Claire Teitelbaum, co-advised by Richard Hall and Sonia Altizer, is interested in wildlife and animal ecology, particularly in the effects of landscape changes on animal movement, behavior and pathogen exposure. She is currently working on an NSF-funded project understanding how food provisioning influences movement, condition and infection dynamics in an urban-foraging waterbird, the White Ibis.
David Vasquez, co-advised by Vanessa Ezenwa and Andrew Park, is pursuing his doctorate as part of the Interdisciplinary Disease Ecology Across Scales program. His research interests include disease ecology, social network theory, animal behavior, co-infection dynamics, ecoimmunology, and ecophysiology.
In addition, Kaleigh Davis,who received her B.S. in 2015, received an honorable mention.