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.
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.
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.
Ecology major Torre Lavelle, a University of Georgia Honors student, has been named a 2015 Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Scholar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Associate Professor Andrew Park was profiled in the Jan. 12, 2015 issue of UGA's Columns newspaper.
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.
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.
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, which grew out of work done by students in the Environmental Practicum service learning graduate course led by Laurie Fowler, Odum School associate dean and River Basin Center director of policy, is funded by a grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.