Ecology major Elizabeth Wilkes has been named a Udall Scholar, one of two University of Georgia students honored this year for their leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to the environment.
North America's freshwater lakes are getting saltier due to development and exposure to road salt, according to a new report in PNAS. The analysis was conducted by a team of 15 researchers with the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) Fellowship Program, including Odum School doctoral student Kait Farrell.
Ecologists at the University of Georgia have developed a model that maps the likelihood of Ebola virus “spillovers”—when the virus jumps from its long-term host to humans or animals such as great apes—across Africa on a month-by-month basis.
From spectator injuries at baseball games to invasive garlic mustard plants in forested areas, more than 550 University of Georgia undergraduates--including 21 ecology majors and 10 students from other disciplines mentored by ecology faculty--are gearing up to share their research findings at the annual CURO Symposium April 3-4 at the Classic Center in downtown Athens.
When Cecilia Sánchez and Anya Brown discovered there was no organization for women in science at UGA, they decided to start one. The story of how they did it, and what they’ve learned along the way, is the subject of the March 31 Working Life column in Science.
Jessica Chappell, a doctoral student in ecology and integrative conservation, was honored with the ICON Agile Scientist award at the fourth annual Symposium on Integrative Conservation. The award recognizes engagement in conservation practice and learning both within and outside of academia.
Four current Odum School of Ecology students and three Odum alumni are among 20 from UGA to receive Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation in 2017.
Zika virus could be transmitted by more mosquito species than those currently known, according to a new predictive model created by ecologists at the University of Georgia and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
Prof. Jeb Byers is one of five faculty members honored by the University of Georgia with its highest recognition for excellence in instruction, the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship.
Scientists from the UGA River Basin Center and Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute have published a comprehensive survey of freshwater biodiversity in the southeastern U.S. that can be used to guide future research and conservation efforts.
When the documentary Chasing Coral premieres at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 21, University of Georgia ecologist James W. Porter will be there—not as an audience member, but as part of the film’s cast and crew.
Ecology major Katherine Russll has received a Brittney Fox Watts Memorial Endowment scholarship to study in Freiburg, Germany, as part of the Office of Sustainability’s Study Abroad in Sustainability program.
Odum School of Ecology doctoral student Daniel Harris received the Sea Grant Award for Best Student Presentation at the joint meeting of The Coastal Society and Restore America’s Estuaries held in New Orleans in December.
Researchers from the UGA Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and Odum School of Ecology have found that invasive species on the Big Island of Hawaii may be especially successful invaders because they are formidable scavengers of carcasses of other animals and, after death, a nutrient resource for other invasive scavengers.
Rising temperatures are likely to lead to a major increase in the already substantial amount of carbon released into the atmosphere from soil, according to a pair of new papers just published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and in Nature. Coauthors include Odum faculty and alumni.
Ania Majewska has created a video explaining why the species of milkweed you plant matters to monarch butterflies.
Watershed UGA, an interdisciplinary initiative to create a culture of sustainability focused on campus waterways, has awarded prizes of $1,000 each to two teams of University of Georgia students for their winning entries in the Daylighting the Watershed design competition.
The 2017 Data Stories competition from Science magazine is now open--and is using a graphic generated from data provided by Prof. John Drake and his lab to help explain the concept.
With the launch of the new Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases, the University of Georgia is poised to become a world leader in the increasingly important field of disease ecology.
New research by UGA ecologists just published in the Royal Society journal Interface lays the theoretical groundwork for a disease forecasting system that could give public health officials time to prepare for—or possibly even prevent—infectious disease outbreaks in the future.
As it enters its third year, UGA Women in Science, also known as WiSci, is having an outsized impact through its thriving mentoring network, career development workshops and monthly discussion groups.
Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize winning science journalist, columnist and the author of five books, will present “The Poisoner's Guide to Life” on Friday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Odum School auditorium.
Rabies is likely to appear on the Pacific coast of Peru—an area where it currently does not occur—within four years, according to a report by an international team of researchers led by Daniel Streicker of the University of Glasgow and UGA, just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
UGA alumni Carolyn Thomas, MS Ecology ’78, and Bob Pohlad, PhD Plant Pathology ’78, both professors at Ferrum College in Virginia, are to be jointly honored by the Ecological Society of America with the Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education at the ESA 2016 annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale.
Ecologists at the University of Georgia are leading a global effort to predict where new infectious diseases are likely to emerge using the tools and perspectives of macroecology to gain insights about ecological patterns and processes across broad scales of time and space.
An international team of ecologists has identified the bat species with the greatest potential to harbor filoviruses—a family that includes Ebola virus. The likeliest virus hosts include species ranging from Southeast Asia to Central and South America.
Haley Nagle, who graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia in May with a bachelor of science degree in ecology and entomology, has been named a Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellow.
The majority of infectious diseases currently emerging as human epidemics originated in mammals. Now, researchers at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the University of Georgia have assembled summative world maps of what’s on record about mammal-to-human diseases.
Sexual transmission of Ebola virus could have a major impact on the dynamics of the disease, potentially re-igniting an outbreak that has been contained by public health interventions, according to research by University of Georgia ecologists just published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.
Researchers at the University of Georgia and the University of California, Merced, have found that a genetic mutation may affect how a common species of sea star responds to sea star wasting disease.
Jill Anderson, an assistant professor of genetics in the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Odum School of Ecology, has received a $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation Early Career Development Program to study the effects of climate change on plants.
In the recent issue of EMBO reports, Barbara Han of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and John Drake of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology call for the creation of a global early warning system for infectious diseases.
Atmospherically transported dust from north Africa’s Sahara Desert provides pulses of biologically important nutrients, including iron, to the tropical marine waters of the Caribbean and southeastern U.S. Researchers from UGA have found that Vibrio bacteria respond rapidly to this influx , leading to large blooms of the potentially harmful bacteria in ocean surface water.
Jonah Driggers, a University of Georgia Honors student who is pursuing a master’s degree in conservation ecology and sustainable development from the Odum School as well as a bachelor’s degree in geography from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, has been named a 2016 Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Scholar.
Pej Rohani was profiled for a story about the UGA Presidential Extraordinary Faculty Hiring Initiative.
A just-published camera study conducted by researchers from the UGA Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, including the Odum School's Stacey Lance and Cara Love, validate findings that wildlife populations are abundant at Chernobyl, the site of the world’s largest nuclear accident.
Urban ecology students, under the direction of Odum School doctoral student James Wood, are creating a new Bird and Pollinator Garden as part of the Healing Garden at the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Laurie Fowler, Executive Director for Public Service and External Affairs at the Odum School and Director for Policy of the UGA River Basin Center, received The State Bar of Georgia Environmental Law Section Award at the Environmental Law Section Annual Kickoff Luncheon on March 17, 2016, in Atlanta.
A record number of University of Georgia students and alumni have been offered National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships this year—and one third of them are associated with the Odum School.
Professor and Associate Dean Jeb Byers is one of four University of Georgia faculty participating in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 Core Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Specialist programs.
A large number of Odum School faculty, students and alumni were among the members of the UGA community recognized for outstanding achievements during UGA Honors Week 2016.
Providing too much food for wildlife—whether as a management tool for a species in decline or a desire to attract birds for backyard viewing—can promote the spread of disease and may end up reducing the very populations the food is intended to help.
Odum School of Ecology Professor Emerita Karen Porter, a long-time activist for land preservation in Clarke County, is one of two recipients of the 2016 Alec Little Environmental Award.
A new study offers hope for cold-water species in the face of climate change. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on April 4, addresses a longstanding paradox between predictions of widespread extinctions of cold-water species and a general lack of evidence for those extinctions despite decades of recent climate change.
Twenty ecology students are among the more than 400 participating in the 2016 Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium.
Jim Richardson is retiring after more than 30 years as a researcher, teacher and mentor to undergraduates at UGA.
Watershed UGA, the interdisciplinary initiative to create a culture of sustainability focused on campus waterways, has launched a Georgia Funder campaign for a pilot project to visually “daylight” a campus stream using graphics to represent its underground course, site-specific art installations and educational signage.
Georgia Public Broadcasting is currently featuring the “Alligators” episode of Georgia Outdoors, highlighting Odum School research conducted on Jekyll Island.
Ecologist Jonathan Levine will deliver the thirty-first annual Odum Lecture at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology on Tuesday, March 29 at 4:00 p.m. His talk will be followed by a reception, and is free and open to the public.
Do parasites rule the world? That’s the question Odum School Professor and Associate Dean Jeb Byers will tackle when he takes to the stage on March 18 as part of TEDxUGA 2016.
Odum School graduate faculty member and alumna Kimberly Andrews was quoted in an article about her recent book, Roads and Ecological Infrastructure: Concepts and Applications for Small Animals, in the Athens Banner Herald.
Volunteer wildlife rehabilitators in Australia help protect the public from diseases carried by bats. A new study led by Odum School doctoral student Cecilia A. Sánchez provides recommendations for future investment by state and territory governments that could reduce health risks to the volunteers themselves.
University of Georgia Honors ecology student Torre Lavelle is one of 111 students from around the world to be named to the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly selective and fully funded one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Ecologists at the University of Georgia have developed a model showing that public health surveillance data can be used to signal when a disease is approaching eradication. Their research lays the groundwork for a potential new tool in the fight against infectious diseases.
While the rapid emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has prompted the medical community, non-profit organizations, public health officials and the national media to educate the public to the dangers of misusing and overusing antibiotics, the University of Georgia’s J Vaun McArthur is concerned that there’s more to the problem than the misuse of common medications.
Professor James W. Porter is the co-editor of a new book, Diseases of Coral, which provides comprehensive descriptions and information about diagnostic procedures and treatments for coral disease using a uniform vocabulary.
A National Geographic article about the discovery of an extremely rare Chinese giant salamander by a fisherman in Chonqing, China, quotes salamander expert Todd Pierson, BS ’13.
Ecology doctoral student Jenna Malek is featured as one of "15 from 2015" on the UGA Commencement web site.
Ecology undergraduate Carmen Kraus is featured as one of "15 from 2015" on the UGA Commencement web site.
Justin Schmidt, PhD (Entomology) '77, of Southwestern Biological Institute and University of Arizona, shared the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize in Physiology and Entomology, presented at the 25th First Annual Ig Nobel prize ceremony on Sept. 19 at Harvard University.
Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a model for evaluating a potential new strategy in the fight against drug-resistant diseases.
More than 150 people, including alumni, students, faculty and friends, gathered at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology in October for a symposium marking the twentieth anniversary of the school’s Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development graduate program.
Evidence has been mounting that female monarch butterflies are better at flying and more successful at migration than males, and researchers from the University of Georgia have now come up with an explanation—but not one they expected.
People feeding white ibises at public parks are turning the normally independent birds into beggars, and now researchers at the University of Georgia say it might also be helping spread disease.
A new analysis by Odum School researchers of scientific studies spanning more than two decades has revealed that predators benefit most from eating invasive prey only if their traditional food sources remain intact--that is, if they are able to maintain their usual diet and eat invaders only as an occasional snack.
The effects of an animal population’s extinction may echo beyond the original species, new Odum School research finds. Loss of a population could ultimately result in the extinction of parasites—which are critical for a healthy ecosystem.
A new book, Roads and Ecological Infrastructure: Concepts and Applications for Small Animals, edited by UGA ecologist Kimberly Andrews, addresses the impacts of roads on wildlife populations and explores design and mitigation strategies to avoid or reduce conflict with reptiles, amphibians and small mammals.
The University of Georgia has received a five-year, $2.99 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an interdisciplinary graduate training program in disease ecology, led by the Odum School's Vanessa Ezenwa.
Odum School professor Alan Covich and alumnus Marcelo Ardón were recognized for outstanding contributions to ecology on Aug. 10 in a ceremony at the centennial annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore.
The time since introduction of a non-native marine species best explains its global range, according to new research by an international team of scientists led by UGA ecologist James E. Byers.
Researchers at Yale University and the University of Georgia have developed and experimentally tested a new mathematical model based on the work of the late Ken Leonard, PhD '10, that helps explain when and where species are likely to outcompete or coexist with one another.
This fall, the Odum School of Ecology will launch a new Bachelor of Arts degree in ecology.
The Odum School's Laura Early and Jennafer Malek are among three UGA graduate students selected for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.
"Monarchs in a Changing World: Biology and Conservation of an Iconic Insect," a new book co-edited by Sonia Altizer, and with chapters by Altizer and Andy Davis, synthesizes the latest scientific research about monarchs and the threats and challenges they face.
Project Monarch Health, a citizen science project operated through the Odum School of Ecology at UGA, tracks the spread of a debilitating disease in wild monarch butterflies. This program, now in its 9th year, has just embarked on a NEW crowdfunding project via Georgia Funder.
UGA study pinpoints the likeliest rodent sources of future human infectious diseases
Researchers at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology have developed a way to predict which species of rodents are likeliest to be sources of new disease outbreaks in humans.
More than 350 scientists from around the world will gather in Athens from May 26-29 when the University of Georgia hosts the 13th annual Conference on the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases. The meeting is co-chaired by the Odum School's Sonia Altizer and Andrew Park.
Craig Osenberg, a professor in the Odum School of Ecology, has been elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. He is the fifth current or former UGA ecology faculty member so honored since the program began in 2012. Ecology alumnus Peter Groffman, PhD '84, was one of three UGA alumni named Fellows this year.
Well-maintained pastures can restore the soil’s organic matter much more quickly than previously thought, according to a new study in Nature Communications. Lead author Megan Machmuller, PhD '14, currently a postdoctoral fellow at Colorado State University, worked on the project as a doctoral student.
Continued University of Georgia research on the threatened Caribbean reef-building coral, Orbicella faveolata, finds that latitudinal patterns play a key role in the type of symbiotic algae that the coral associates with.
Ecology master's student Erin Abernethy is featured as one of "15 from 2015" on the UGA Commencement web site.