Odum School, SREL mourn the loss of Rebecca Sharitz

Rebecca Sharitz, former professor of plant biology and senior research ecologist at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, died Oct. 20 at her home in Aiken, South Carolina.

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When do (and don’t) parasitized animals suffer from poor body condition?

Many studies assessing the body condition of infected animals find unexpected host-parasite relationships, and the design of such studies can affect their results, according to new research from the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology.

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Dr. Stephanie Yarnell-Mac Grory, BS ’06, named to UGA 40 Under 40

Ecology alumna Dr. Stephanie Yarnell-MacGrory was named to UGA 40 Under 40 class of 2018 by the UGA Alumni Association.

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Lucy Weeks King: Ecologist for life

Lucy Weeks King, who received her bachelor of science degree in zoology in 1956, shares her experiences as an early student of ecology.

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Turtle Species Decline May Impact Environments Worldwide

Approximately 61 percent of the world’s 356 turtle species are threatened or already extinct, and the decline could have ecological consequences.

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UGA climbs in U.S. News & World Report rankings

UGA jumped three spots to No. 13 in the U.S. News & World Report 2019 ranking of best public national universities, with the Odum School singled out as one of UGA’s unique offerings.

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Giving tortoises a ‘head start’

Research from the University of Georgia indicates that head-starting—raising a species in captivity and releasing it into a protected habitat after it has grown large enough to be less vulnerable to predators—is a useful intervention for boosting the state’s gopher tortoise population.

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Migrating monarch butterflies that mix with year-round residents have higher rates of parasite infection

A study led by ecologists at the University of Georgia has found evidence that migrating monarch butterflies may be risking exposure to high levels of disease at sites where some monarchs no longer migrate but instead breed year-round on patches of an exotic garden plant.

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Odum Research featured in Sierra Club Magazine online

Research by Odum School doctoral candidate Molly Fisher was covered in Sierra Club magazine in an article published online on July 16, 2018. The story reports on Fisher’s recent paper in Ecology and Evolution about the number of mammal species remaining to be discovered worldwide.

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Chelsea Sexton, BS ’14, helps identify mudworms as potential vectors of domoic acid, a neurotoxin, in the Gulf of Mexico

A new paper coauthored by Chelsea Sexton, BS ’14, finds that a neuorotoxin produced by microscopic algae and consumed by mudworms at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico could end up in human diets via fish and shellfish.

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