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UGA sends 27 faculty, student presenters to Ecological Society of America meeting

Jul. 17, 2017

Writer: Beth Gavrilles, bethgav@uga.edu

Contact: Beth Gavrilles, bethgav@uga.edu

How do urban landscapes influence mosquito-borne disease dynamics? Does the choice of plants and how they’re maintained affect how well pollinator gardens work as a conservation strategy? And how do municipal water withdrawals impact river connectivity, and by extension those species that migrate between estuaries and freshwater streams?

These are a few of the research questions that will be addressed by students, faculty and postdoctoral associates from the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology attending the upcoming 102nd annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America Aug. 6-11 in Portland, Ore.

Nineteen participants from the Odum School are among 27 from UGA who will lead sessions and present papers and posters on topics such as conservation management, aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry and disease and epidemiology.

“ESA is the largest ecological organization in the world,” said John Gittleman, dean of the Odum School and University of Georgia Foundation Professor in Ecology. “From applied, practical issues to the most rigorous, cutting edge research, the annual meeting at ESA brings together the best of our work. We’re proud to be sending such a large contingent of talented scientists to represent us.”

The Odum School will also host a mixer for UGA alumni, faculty, postdocs, students and friends on Wednesday, Aug. 9 from 6:30-8:00 in the Skyview Terrace at the Oregon Convention Center.

Odum School presenters:

Daniel J. Becker, doctoral student: Livestock expansion into rainforest habitat shifts immune profiles and bacterial infection risk in wild vampire bats.

Ana. I. Bento, postdoctoral associate: Whooping cough epidemiology, and evolution in the vaccine era.

Tobias S. Brett, postdoctoral associate: Raising the alarm on emerging diseases: quantitative methods for detection and decision making.

Jessica C. Chappell, doctoral student: Vulnerability of migratory shrimp to the interaction of drought and water extraction in Puerto Rico: The importance of examining temporal dynamics.

Alan P. Covich, professor: Omnivores are more mobile than detritivores: tropical freshwater shrimps respond to severe drought.

John M. Drake, Distinguished Research Professor and director, Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases: Early warning systems for spillover of zoonotic pathogens.

Michelle V. Evans, doctoral student: Urban microclimate influences dengue dynamics in the invasive mosquito, Aedes albopictus.

Kaitlin J. Farrell, doctoral student: Variation in resource stoichiometry signals differential carbon to nutrient limitation for stream consumers across biomes.

Richard J. Hall, assistant professor: Modeling the consequences of reduced migratory propensity for host-parasite interactions.

Elizabeth A. Hamman, doctoral student: Bias in ecological meta-analyses.

Ricardo M. Holdo, professor and Odum Chair in Ecology: Functional rooting separation between trees and grasses varies as a function of rainfall in an African savanna.

RajReni B. Kaul, doctoral student: Noise-induced catastrophic change in ecology.

Elizabeth G. King, assistant professor, Odum School and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources: Coupling ecosystem services and human adaptive capacities in the study of livelihood transformations.

Ania Majewska, doctoral student: Do characteristics of gardens predict the diversity, abundance, reproduction and health of pollinators?

Navideh Noori, postdoctoral associate: Identifying the effects of measles-induced immune amnesia on whooping cough dynamics as a secondary infection.

Paula Pappalardo, postdoctoral associate: Comparing traditional and Bayesian approaches to ecological meta-analyses.

Pejman Rohani, professor: Resurgence of pertussis in Massachusetts: waning vaccinal immunity and end-of-honeymoon effect.

Julie Tierney, master’s student: Longleaf pine savannas house diverse niches of nitrogen fixation.

Nina Wurzburger, associate professor: Nitrogen fixation facilitates forest recovery after repeated disturbances.

Other presenters from UGA:

Doug P. Aubrey, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources: The global significance of systematic errors in scaling soil CO2 efflux.

Christopher A. Cleveland, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources: The potential of fish to act as transport hosts for Dracunculus medinensis and D. insignis larvae.

Callie Oldfield, Department of Plant Biology: Long-term demographics and matrix models indicate Quercus montana population decline.

Ashley M. Rea, Department of Plant Biology: Evolution of nutrient resorption in Helianthus.

Andries A. Temme, Department of Plant Biology: Unravelling traits, genes and trade-offs in low nutrient stress tolerance of cultivated sunflower (Helianthus annuus).

Hayley R. Tumas, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources: Conservation genetics of Juncus roemerianus: crafting an evolutionary insurance plan for the salt marsh.

Jinyan Yang, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources: Effects of four years of throughfall reduction and fertilization on stem CO2 efflux in a loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) plantation.

Dehai Zhao, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources: Drought effects on the dynamics of net primary production of loblolly pine plantations in the southern United States.

In addition, UGA alumnus Jianguo Liu, who received his doctorate in ecology in 1992, will be honored at the meeting. Along with his coauthors, he will receive the ESA Sustainability Science Award for their paper “Systems integration for global sustainability,” published in Science in 2015.

Celebrating 50 years of ecology at the University of Georgia: The UGA Institute of Ecology was established in 1967 and became the Odum School—the world’s first college devoted solely to the study of ecology—in 2007. Named for founder Eugene Odum, often called “the father of modern ecology,” the Odum School emphasizes an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to teaching, research and service, adhering to Odum’s holistic outlook. Learn more at www.ecology.uga.edu and odum5010.ecology.uga.edu.

With more than 10,000 members, ESA is the world’s largest professional organization of ecologists. Five current or former members of the Ecology faculty served terms as president of the organization, and six current or former ecology faculty, as well as a number of alumni, are ESA Fellows.

Download a schedule of UGA presentations.

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