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Erin Abernethy profiled on UGA Commencement web site

Apr. 24, 2015

Ecology master's student Erin Abernethy is featured as one of "15 from 2015" on the UGA Commencement web site.

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Animal parasite study could help humans ‘manage nasty diseases’: Evolutionary history is a predictor of diversity of parasites in a species

Apr. 20, 2015

The evolutionary history, body size and geographic range of an animal species are predictors for the diversity of parasites—or disease—that species carries, according to researchers at the UGA Odum School of Ecology.

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Do parasites make a difference in the outcome of animal fights? UGA Research Experience for Undergraduates program study finds that they do

Apr. 17, 2015

University of Georgia ecologist Andy Davis and his students studied beetles and their parasite loads last summer as part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates program at UGA, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Their results—that infected beetles were slightly more likely to lose fights—were published earlier this month in the journal PLOS One.

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Ecology major and Honors student Torre Lavelle receives Udall Scholarship

Apr. 17, 2015

Ecology major Torre Lavelle, a University of Georgia Honors student, has been named a 2015 Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Scholar.

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Ecologist Nancy Grimm to Deliver 2015 Odum Lecture

Apr. 9, 2015

Ecologist Nancy Grimm will deliver the 30th annual Odum Lecture, "The Only Certainty Is Change: Reflections on a Stream, a City, and a Public University," at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology on April 21 at 4 p.m.

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CURO Symposium features Odum School students, faculty

Mar. 25, 2015

The Odum School was featured prominently at the 2015 Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium, with 12 students presenting original research and one, Timothy Montgomery, winning a Best Paper award. Professor Jeb Byers won a CURO Research Mentoring Award and Associate Dean Sonia Altizer delivered the keynote address.

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Setting a dinner table for wildlife can affect their risk of disease

Mar. 23, 2015

Supplemental feeding of wildlife can increase the spread of some infectious diseases and decrease the spread of others. A new study by University of Georgia ecologists has found that the outcome depends on the type of pathogen and the source of food.

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UGA scientists confirm first North American record of East Asian Joro spider; looking for more sightings

Mar. 18, 2015

Scientists at the Georgia Museum of Natural History at the University of Georgia have confirmed the first known occurrence in North America of Nephila clavata, the East Asian Joro spider.

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UGA Ecology study of nutrient pollution featured in Athens Banner-Herald

Mar. 16, 2015

A front-page story by Lee Shearer in the March 16 edition of the Athens Banner-Herald covers recent research by the Odum School’s Amy Rosemond and her colleagues. Their findings, published in Science, concern the effects of nutrient pollution on forest-derived carbon in streams.

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TEDxUGA 2015 Features Odum School Presenters

Mar. 16, 2015

Three of the 15 presenters at this year's TEDxUGA event, which took place on March 27 from 2:00-6:00 p.m., were from the Odum School.

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Nutrient pollution damages streams in ways previously unknown, ecologists find: Excess nitrogen and phosphorus reduce an important food resource for stream life

Mar. 6, 2015

A team of researchers led by University of Georgia ecologist Amy Rosemond reports in the journal Science that nutrient pollution causes a significant loss of forest-derived carbon from stream ecosystems, reducing the ability of streams to support aquatic life.

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Pulitzer Prize winning environmental journalist Dan Fagin to speak at UGA

Mar. 2, 2015

Environmental journalist Dan Fagin will discuss his 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation,” March 19 at 4 p.m. in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology’s auditorium.

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Gittleman quoted in Science

Mar. 2, 2015

Odum School Dean John Gittleman, who studies large-scale evolutionary and ecological questions about biodiversity and conservation with a focus on mammals, was quoted in Science in an article about a new study of carnivore population regulation.

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Crowdfunding Citizen Science

Feb. 21, 2015

Odum School doctoral student Linsey Haram is seeking to raise $4,000 for a citizen science project to monitor the invasive seaweed Gracilaria vermiculophylla through Georgia Funder, UGA’s new crowdfunding platform.

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Odum Research featured on GPB’s Georgia Outdoors

Jan. 23, 2015

The "Alligators" episode of Georgia Outdoors on Georgia Public Broadcasting highlights some of the research being conducted by Odum School of Ecology graduate student Gregory Skupien on Jekyll Island.

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Canceled flights: For monarch butterflies, loss of migration means more disease

Jan. 15, 2015

A new study by University of Georgia ecologists, just published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, has found that winter-breeding butterflies are at increased risk of disease, a finding that could apply to other migratory species as well. Planting tropical milkweed, available at many garden centers, makes the problem worse.

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UGA ecologists appear in “Off the Map” on GACTV

Jan. 13, 2015

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory education program specialist and Odum School of Ecology graduate faculty member Kimberly Andrews and Odum graduate student Greg Skupien appear in an episode of “Off the Map,” a new series on the Great American Country TV network.

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Ecologist explores link between biology, mathematics

Jan. 13, 2015

Associate Professor Andrew Park was profiled in the Jan. 12, 2015 issue of UGA's Columns newspaper.

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New model predicts Ebola epidemic in Liberia could be ended by June 2015

Jan. 13, 2015

The Ebola epidemic in Liberia could likely be eliminated by June 2015 if the current high rate of hospitalization and vigilance can be maintained, according to a new model developed by ecologists at the University of Georgia and Pennsylvania State University.

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Not a win-win: Treating for worms helps animals survive infectious diseases—and spread them

Jan. 8, 2015

Parasitic worms have been shown to influence how the immune system responds to diseases like HIV and tuberculosis. In a new study of African buffalo, Vanessa Ezenwa has found that de-worming drastically improved an animal’s chances of surviving bovine tuberculosis—but with the consequence of increasing the spread of TB in the population.

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Odum School awards degrees at fall commencement

Dec. 19, 2014

Eight students received degrees from the Odum School of Ecology during the University of Georgia Fall 2014 commencement on December 19.

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Odum School partners with Sewanee on wetlands research station

Dec. 2, 2014

The Odum School has partnered with the University of the South and the Sewanee Utility Board to design a new wetlands research station in Sewanee, TN. The project is funded by a grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc.

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Research by Byers and Haram featured in Savannah Morning News

Dec. 1, 2014

An article by Mary Landers in the Nov. 29 edition of the Savannah Morning News covers research by Odum School professor Jeb Byers and doctoral student Linsey Haram who are studying the impacts of a non-native seaweed that has made itself at home on the Georgia coast.

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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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Flatworms play canaries role in New England's estuaries

Nov. 26, 2014

A new study coauthored by Jeb Byers and funded by N.H. Sea Grant indicates that parasitic flatworms called trematodes provide a snapshot of the human-influenced factors affecting marshes, as their populations are impacted by the number of roads near a marsh and the amount of nitrogen in the mud. The paper appears in Ecology.

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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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Brunswick News reports on Odum School alligator research

Nov. 18, 2014

Odum School master's student Greg Skupien and his research on environmental contaminants in alligators is featured in a Nov. 17 story in the Brunswick News. Greg is part of the Applied Wildlife Conservation Lab based on Jekyll Island.

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Odum School research featured in the New York Times

Nov. 18, 2014

Monarch butterfly research by Odum School doctoral student Dara Satterfield and Associate Dean Sonia Altizer is featured in an article in the Nov. 18 edition of the New York Times.

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New student organization at UGA aims to promote equality in the sciences

Nov. 13, 2014

Concerned about retaining and advancing women in science and technology careers, a group of Odum School students has formed an organization to promote equality in the sciences.

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UGA scientists receive $3 million NIH grant to develop algorithms for early warning systems of infectious disease outbreaks

Nov. 10, 2014

John Drake, an associate professor in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will use a five-year, $3.18 million grant to develop an early warning system that could help public health officials prepare for—and possibly prevent—infectious disease outbreaks.

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Tracking Eastern Diamondback Rattlers on Jekyll Island

Oct. 28, 2014

Odum School master's student Joseph Colbert's study of eastern diamondback rattlesnakes on Jekyll Island is featured in the fall 2014 issue of UGA Research Magazine.

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High school student tackles insect powerhouse through UGA Young Dawgs Program

Oct. 22, 2014

A recent study in the Journal of Insect Behavior by Andy Davis, a faculty member in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, found that horned passalus beetles can lift more than 300 times their own weight without breaking a sweat. Now, Davis has teamed up with Jake LeFeuvre, a senior from Oconee County High School, to find out how internal parasites influence the beetles’ strength.

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Sonia Altizer named UGA Athletic Association Professor in Ecology

Oct. 6, 2014

Sonia Altizer, a professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the Odum School of Ecology, has been named the University of Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Ecology.

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Vanessa Ezenwa profiled in UGA's Focus on Faculty Oct. 5, 2014

Oct. 6, 2014

Associate Professor Vanessa Ezenwa was profiled in the "Focus on Faculty" page of the University of Georgia web site.

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UGA ecologist publishes new ‘Foundations’ textbook on macroecology

Oct. 2, 2014

John L. Gittleman, dean of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology and UGA Foundation Professor in Ecology, is the co-editor of a new textbook, “Foundations of Macroecology,” published by the University of Chicago Press as part of its Foundations series.

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Genetic analysis reveals surprises about the monarch butterfly

Oct. 1, 2014

A team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of Chicago and including Odum School Associate Dean Sonia Altizer, has published a study in Nature that reveals unexpected answers to the origins of monarchs and the genetic basis of their best-known traits.

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Daniel Streicker featured in AAAS video

Sep. 20, 2014

Daniel Streicker, PhD '11, is the subject of a short video on the American Association for the Advancement of Science website.

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John Drake to participate in community forum on Ebola sponsored by UGA College of Public Health and ARMC

Sep. 17, 2014

The Odum School's John Drake will participate in a community forum about Ebola and any potential local impacts. The event is organized by the UGA College of Public Health and Athens Regional Medical Center on Sept. 25.

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Species going extinct 1,000 times faster than in pre-human times, study finds

Sep. 17, 2014

The Odum School's John Gittleman and Patrick Stephens are contributors to a major new study that finds that species are going extinct today 1,000 times faster than during pre-human times—a rate an order of magnitude higher than the previous estimate.

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UGA Graduate School Features Odum School's Alyssa Gehman

Sep. 12, 2014

The Fall 2014 issue of the UGA Graduate School Magazine features a story about Odum School doctoral student Alyssa Gehman.

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EcoVoice 2014

Sep. 11, 2014

Welcome to EcoVoice 2014: The Water Issue. EcoVoice is the Odum School of Ecology's annual magazine.

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UGA professor emeritus receives meritorious teaching award in ichthyology

Aug. 22, 2014

Gene Helfman, a professor emeritus in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, recently received the inaugural Meritorious Teaching Award in Ichthyology from two major scientific societies for the study of fishes.

 

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Odum School Doctoral Student Wins National Water Quality Challenge Award

Aug. 19, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Odum School of Ecology doctoral student James Wood is one of seven winners of the first phase of the National Aquatic Resource Surveys Campus Challenge.

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New model helps explain how human-provided food resources promote or reduce wildlife disease

Jul. 23, 2014

Scientists have long known that providing supplemental food for wildlife, or resource provisioning, can sometimes cause more harm than good. UGA ecologists Daniel Becker and Richard Hall have developed a new mathematical model to tease apart the processes that help explain why.

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Join Discover Life for National Moth Week July 19-27

Jul. 18, 2014

Discover Life is partnering with National Moth Week, which takes place from July 19-27 this year, to raise awareness about moths and their ecological significance.

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Malaria and climate change study by John Drake featured on SciDev.Net

Jun. 27, 2014

SciDev.Net, a website that provides science and technology information for the global development community, reports on a study about malaria and climate change led by Odum School Associate Professor John Drake.

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SciPak Tumblr features study on tools for saving biodiversity

Jun. 26, 2014

A recent paper published in the journal Science by an international team  that included Odum School Dean John L. Gittleman is featured on the SciPak Tumblr page at http://scipak.tumblr.com.

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Network-based vaccinations may control disease outbreaks in endangered chimps

Jun. 12, 2014

A study led by Julie Rushmore, PhD '13--currently a student in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine--finds that focusing vaccination efforts on chimpanzees with the highest numbers of social contacts can reduce the number of animals that must be vaccinated to prevent an epidemic.

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Three ecology students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Jun. 11, 2014

Three ecology students were among eleven UGA students and alumni to receive Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation.

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UGA ecologists provide close-up of coral bleaching event

Jun. 3, 2014

New research by UGA ecologists sheds light on exactly what happens to coral during periods of excessively high water temperatures. Their study, published in the journal Limnology and Oceanography, documents a coral bleaching event in the Caribbean in minute detail and sheds light on how it changed a coral’s community of algae—a change that could have long-term consequences for coral health, as bleaching is predicted to occur more frequently in the future.

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Ecology research at Wormsloe featured in Georgia Magazine

Jun. 3, 2014

Ecology doctoral student Alyssa Gehman is featured in the June 2014 Georgia Magazine cover story, “The Wonder of Wormsloe.” The article, also covering research by doctoral student Ania Majewska and faculty members Sonia Altizer and Andy Davis, describes the partnership between UGA and the Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History.

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New tools helping protect world’s threatened species

May. 29, 2014

New tools to collect and share information could help stem the loss of the world’s threatened species, according to a paper published today in the journal Science. The study, by an international team of scientists that included John L. Gittleman, dean of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, was led by Stuart L. Pimm of Duke University and Clinton N. Jenkins of the Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas in Brazil.

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Odum School awards degrees to twenty-two

May. 23, 2014

Twenty-two students received degrees from the Odum School of Ecology during the University of Georgia Spring 2014 commencement on May 9.

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Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists call for entries features Daniel Striecker

May. 23, 2014

Daniel Streicker, PhD ’11, is featured in a video about the Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists, which is now accepting applicants for 2014.

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John Gittleman named UGA Foundation Professor in Ecology

May. 13, 2014

John L. Gittleman, founding dean of the Odum School of Ecology, has been named the University of Georgia Foundation Professor in Ecology.

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Fish communities key to balancing nutrients in coral reefs, UGA study finds

May. 12, 2014

Recent research led by University of Georgia ecologists sheds new light on the natural nutrient dynamics of coral reefs, particularly the often overlooked but critical role of fish. Their findings, published in Global Change Biology, could help inform future research and coral conservation efforts.

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International Sea Turtle Society honors UGA ecologist with lifetime achievement award

May. 8, 2014

James I. Richardson, instructor and undergraduate coordinator in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, recently received the International Sea Turtle Society's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation in New Orleans.

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Black receives 2014 Rotaract Student Service Award

May. 2, 2014

Sara Black, a dual ecology and anthropology major who will graduate on May 9, received the 2014 Rotaract Student Service Award for the Odum School of Ecology.

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Students receive 2014 Georgia Power Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award

May. 1, 2014

Alexa Nicole Gusmerotti and William Harrison Miller received the 2014 Georgia Power Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award for research conducted at University of Georgia HorseShoe Bend Ecology Experimental Site.

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John Pickering’s moth study featured in Audubon Magazine

May. 1, 2014

An article in the May-June 2014 issue of Audubon Magazine profiles Associate Professor John Pickering and his “years-long obsession with small flying insects.”

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Byers receives First-Year Odyssey Teaching Award

Apr. 29, 2014

Jeb Byers was one of four UGA faculty members hornored with First-Year Odyssey Teaching Awards at a reception celebrating the success of the First-Year Odyssey Seminar program.

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Model shows long-distance migration can lower risk of disease transmission, impact

Apr. 28, 2014

Animals that migrate long distances are often implicated in the spread of infectious diseases, but there is growing evidence that long-distance migration may actually lower the risks of pathogen transmission in some cases. Ecologists at the University of Georgia have developed a mathematical model that helps explain this pattern across different species.

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Odum School undergaduate Carmen Kraus wins CURO Symposium Best Paper Award

Apr. 18, 2014

Odum School of Ecology undergraduate Carmen Kraus won a best paper award at the 2014 Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium held on March 31-April 1, 2014.

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Pringle receives Kilham Memorial Award from the International Society of Limnology

Apr. 18, 2014

Catherine Pringle, Distinguished Research Professor in the UGA Odum School of Ecology, has received the Kilham Award from the International Society of Limnology.

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EcoFocus Film Festival featured in story on Alec Little Award

Apr. 17, 2014

A front-page story in the April 17 Athens Banner-Herald about the 2014 Alec Little Environmental Award features the EcoFocus Film Festival and director Sara Beresford, MS CESD '00.

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Ecofocus Film Festival, Hugh and Carol Nourse, Win 2014 Alec Little Environmental Award

Apr. 15, 2014

The EcoFocus Film Festival and nature photographers Hugh and Carol Nourse are the recipients of the 2014 Alec Little Environmental Award.

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From "Stinky Creek" to Lilly Branch: Environmental Practicum Tackles Campus Stream Restoration

Apr. 15, 2014

Students in the UGA Environmental Practicum gain hands-on experience solving environmental problems for stakeholder clients—usually local governments, state agencies, or non-governmental organizations—across the state. Recently, however, they have been working for a client much closer to home. Since 2011 they have been helping the UGA restore the health of Lilly Branch, a stream that flows through campus.

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Odum School faculty recognized for research accomplishments

Apr. 11, 2014

Odum School of Ecology faculty members John M. Drake and Andrew W. Park were recognized on April 10 by the University of Georgia Research Foundation for extraordinary accomplishments in research and scholarship.

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Paper by Andy Davis cited in New York Times

Apr. 8, 2014

Assistant Research Scientist Andy Davis is last author on a paper noted in the science section of the New York Times Science on April 7, 2014.

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2014 Odum Lecturer Marlene Zuk to give two talks at UGA

Mar. 14, 2014

Marlene Zuk, professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, will deliver the twenty-ninth annual Odum Lecture, “Rapid evolution in silence: Adaptive signal loss in the Pacific field cricket,” at the Odum School of Ecology on April 1 at 4:00 p.m. The next day she will give a second talk, “Gender, Science and Myths of Merit,” at 8:00 a.m.

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Paper by UGA ecologists wins inaugural Conservation Science Award from Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Feb. 28, 2014

The authors of a University of Georgia study on global conservation funding have received an inaugural Conservation Science Award from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Lead author Anthony Waldron, a former postdoctoral associate at the UGA Odum School of Ecology now at Oxford University, accepted the award on behalf of his co-authors.

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Report finds protecting natural areas makes good fiscal sense

Feb. 27, 2014

Protecting a county’s natural resources and its fiscal health may seem to be competing goals, but a recent University of Georgia study provides a blueprint for achieving both.

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Laurie Fowler profiled in UGA's Focus on Faculty

Feb. 24, 2014

Professor and Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs Laurie Fowler was profiled in the "Focus on Faculty" page of the University of Georgia web site.

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Odum School’s Shannon Bonney featured in UGA Graduate School Magazine

Feb. 22, 2014

Shannon Bonney, an Odum School doctoral student in the Integrative Conservation Program, was the subject of a feature article in the Winter 2014 issue of the UGA Graduate School Magazine.

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2014 EcoFocus Film Festival set for March 19-29 in Athens

Feb. 12, 2014

The University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology announces its sixth annual EcoFocus Film Festival, to be held March 19-29 on the UGA Campus and at Ciné in downtown Athens.

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Drought affects the carbon cycle in Georgia blackwater rivers

Feb. 6, 2014

Droughts might be affecting how Georgia’s blackwater rivers process carbon, according to a new study led by Andrew Mehring, PhD '12, while he was at the University of Georgia.

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Moderate drought may provide a competitive advantage to nitrogen-fixing forest trees

Jan. 23, 2014

Southeastern forests may look and function differently in the future as more frequent droughts and forest disturbances combine to affect which tree species thrive, according to a new study led by Odum School ecologist Nina Wurzburger.

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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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Odum School undergraduate Zachary Holmes wins 2013 Scarano scholarship

Jan. 10, 2014

University of Georgia undergraduate Zachary Holmes, an ecology and biology double-major from Atlanta, has received one of five John J. Scarano Memorial Scholarships for 2013.

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Ecology student Shafkat Khan wins UGA Sustainability Grant

Jan. 8, 2014

Ecology doctoral student Shafkat Khan has received a grant from the UGA Office of Sustainability to establish a bicycle repair cooperative on campus, one of nine Campus Sustainability grants awarded this year.

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Research offers new insights into cross species parasite transmission

Jan. 7, 2014

Researchers at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology have developed a new mathematical model that helps to explain how some parasites predominantly associate with one particular host species—but are still capable of infecting other species

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USACE, UGA researchers develop new model to assess fish passage

Dec. 19, 2013

Researchers from the Odum School and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have developed a new model that could help environmental managers determine the most cost-effective means to improve upstream passage for migratory fishes.

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New guidebook to help Georgia communities protect wetlands

Dec. 6, 2013

A new publication from the University of Georgia River Basin Center will help local governments and community groups develop programs to protect wetlands and the services they provide.

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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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UGA Awards student scholarships for Study Abroad in Sustainability

Nov. 23, 2013

Undergraduate ecology major Zack Holmes has received one of two scholarships for study abroad opportunities in sustainability. The awards are made possible by the Brittney Fox Watts Memorial Endowment .

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Odum School's Carl F. Jordan to discuss new book on sustainable agriculture

Oct. 29, 2013

Carl F. Jordan, senior research scientist emeritus in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will present a seminar on his new book, An Ecosystem Approach to Sustainable Agriculture: Energy Use Efficiency in the American South, on Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. in the ecology auditorium.

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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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UGA Graduate School Magazine features Virginia Schutte

Sep. 17, 2013

Odum School doctoral student Virginia Schutte is profiled in an article in the Summer 2013 issue of the University of Georgia Graduate School Magazine. The article describes Schutte’s research into red mangrove ecosystems in the tropics.

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Study finds sexual selection predicts high variation in immune genes across mammal species

Sep. 13, 2013

A study by University of Georgia ecologists has found that diversity in mammal immune system genes may have more to do with the opportunity to choose a mate than with exposure to parasites.

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New research explores theories about aging and death in plants

Sep. 4, 2013

Odum School assistant professor Rich Shefferson explored theories of plant senescence in a recent special issue of the Journal of Ecology—in particular, the idea that certain plants might be immune from this seemingly universal phenomenon.

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EcoFocus Film Festival brings Blackfish to Athens on Sept. 12

Sep. 3, 2013

EcoFocus Film Festival will present a special preview of the new documentary film Blackfish on Thursday, September 12 at Ciné in downtown Athens, the first in a series of films presented this fall.

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Two Odum School graduates among eight UGA students awarded Fulbrights

Sep. 3, 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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EcoVoice 2013

Aug. 22, 2013

Welcome to EcoVoice 2013, the Odum School of Ecology's new annual magazine!

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Odum School of Ecology celebrates Eugene P. Odum’s centennial

Aug. 20, 2013

On September 17 the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of its namesake and founder Eugene P. Odum, with cake, ice cream, and a program exploring Odum’s ongoing legacy.

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Rushmore’s research featured by online news outlet

Aug. 7, 2013

Online news outlet DugDug.com, which specializes in bringing stories about the latest research to mainstream audiences, interviewed Julie Rushmore, PhD ’13, about her recent study on using social network analysis to help fight infectious diseases in endangered chimpanzees.

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As climate, disease links become clearer, study highlights need to forecast future shifts

Aug. 1, 2013

Climate change is affecting the spread of infectious diseases worldwide, according to an international team of leading disease ecologists, with serious impacts to human health and biodiversity conservation. Writing in the journal Science, they propose that modeling the way disease systems respond to climate variables could help public health officials and environmental managers predict and mitigate the spread of lethal diseases.

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Connections found between wetland cover, transmission rates of hemorrhagic disease in white-tailed deer

Jul. 25, 2013

Ecologists at the University of Georgia have discovered complex and surprising relationships between land cover and rates of transmission, illness and death from hemorrhagic disease in white-tailed deer.

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Study identifies priorities for improving global conservation funding

Jul. 2, 2013

A new University of Georgia study has identified the worst and best countries in the world in terms of funding for biodiversity conservation. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also suggests how funding should change to help achieve the United Nations 2020 goals on reducing extinction.

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UGA Ecology “Parasite Ladies” Take Second Place in NSF Graduate Education Challenge

Jun. 13, 2013

Dara Satterfield, Sarah Budischak, and Sara Heisel, doctoral students in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, have taken second place honors in the National Science Foundation Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge, the NSF announced on June 13, 2013.

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Social networks could help prevent disease outbreaks in endangered chimpanzees

Jun. 5, 2013

Many think of social networks in terms of Facebook friends and Twitter followers, but for recent University of Georgia doctoral graduate Julie Rushmore, social networks are tools in the fight against infectious diseases. Rushmore, who completed her doctorate in the Odum School of Ecology in May, analyzed the social networks of wild chimpanzees to determine which individuals were most likely to contract and spread pathogens. Her findings, published in the Journal of Animal Ecology on June 5, could help wildlife managers target their efforts to prevent outbreaks and potentially help public health officials prevent disease in human populations as well.

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