Odum School of Ecology Celebrates Class of 2021 with Online Convocation

Beth Gavrilles, bethgav@uga.edu
Zoom screen showing participants in the online Odum School of Ecology Spring 2021 Convocation.

Athens, Ga. – The Odum School of Ecology held an online convocation to celebrate the awarding of degrees to the class of 2021. The ceremony took place via Zoom and was livestreamed over YouTube.

Dean John L. Gittleman, UGA Foundation Professor in Ecology, opened the proceedings by welcoming participants and offering his congratulations to the graduates.

“We’re so proud of you and very happy that you’ve accomplished so much at UGA and the Odum School,” he said.

Laurie Fowler, Senior Public Service Associate Emerita, delivered the convocation address, highlighting the achievements of the graduating students. “One thing I know is that y’all, in the last year particularly, have prevailed under pretty extraordinary circumstances,” she said.

She encouraged the graduates to follow in the footsteps of the school of ecology’s founder Eugene Odum, who was both a renowned scientist and a creative and generous advocate for the environment.

Citing issues of racial injustice, unfettered carbon emissions and environmental degradation, she said she believed the world is at a tipping point and urged the graduates to take a stand.

“We need the science itself to be impartial, but I want you to go beyond research,” she said. “What I hope is you, who are literally the brightest and the most gifted, will play a leadership role in confronting these issues head on, unapologetically, to develop transformative solutions.”

Following Fowler’s address, John Drake, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Distinguished Research Professor of Ecology, presented the graduates and concluded the proceedings with a word of thanks to the graduates’ families and friends watching the ceremony on YouTube.

“I’m sorry that we couldn’t all be together this year, but grateful to our graduates for their perseverance,” he said. “I admire their persistence in completing their studies. Congratulations to everyone.”

Graduate Students

Zachary James Arnold
Master of Science in Conservation Ecology & Sustainable Development
Thesis: Exploring the impacts of landfills on bird communities: an opportunity for grassland bird conservation
 
Theresa Elaine Hudson
Master of Science in Conservation Ecology & Sustainable Development
Thesis: Changes in algal community composition in response to drought and Hurricanes Irma/Maria in a montane tropical stream in Puerto Rico; A long-term perspective (2013-2018)
 
Gregory Russell Jacobs
Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology 
Dissertation: Population-level consequences of environmental variation for migratory fishes

Cody Scott Prouty
Master of Science in Ecology
Thesis: Effects of Neonicotinoids on larval and adult monarch butterflies

Claire Stewart Teitelbaum
Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology 
Dissertation: Nomadic animal movement and infectious disease in changing landscapes

Undergraduates

Cydney Jean Abel
Bachelor of Arts in EcologyMinor in Spanish

Caroline Grace Aikins
Bachelor of Science in Ecology
magna cum laude

Kaylyn Irene Barnes
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology
summa cum laude

Jared Robert Bennett
Bachelor of Science in Ecology
cum laude

Amaad Ameer Blades
Bachelor of Science in EcologyMinor in Plant Biology

Calvin Seth Carey
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology
cum laude

Katherine Fredrica Christie
Bachelor of Science in Ecology
Bachelor of Science in Genetics
summa cum laude with Highest Honors

William Garrett Churchwell
Bachelor of Science in Ecology
magna cum laude

Emma Bay Dickinson
Bachelor of Science in EcologyMinor in Music; Minor in Studio Art
cum laude
with Honors

Miriam Raisa Edelkind-Vealey
Bachelor of Science in EcologyMinor in Biology
cum laude

Juliet Guinevere Eden
Bachelor of Arts in EcologyMinor in Geography
Certificate in Sustainability

Brendan Avery Everling
Bachelor of Science in Ecology

Maya Laurette Ferguson
Bachelor of Science in EcologyMinor in Anthropology

Thomas Christian Fitzpatrick
Bachelor of Science in Ecology
cum laude

Nathaniel Thomas Haulk
Bachelor of Science in EcologyMinor in Public Health; Minor in Entomology
summa cum laude

Amanda Sarah Howard
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Economics and Management
Minor in Environmental Law
Certificate in Sustainability
magna cum laude with Honors

Presley Erin James
Bachelor of Science in Ecology
First Honor Graduate and summa cum laude

Elizabeth Ann Jurado
Bachelor of Science in EcologyMinor in Political Science
cum laude

Lauren Faith Keeler
Bachelor of Science in Ecology
Certificate in Geographic Information Science
magna cum laude

Culzean Bailey Kennedy
Bachelor of Science in Ecology
Bachelor of Science in Biology
summa cum laude with Highest Honors

Kathryn Elizabeth King
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology
Certificate in Sustainability
cum laude

Lucas Garrett Lambert
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology

Samuel Gerardo Lopez
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology

Hannah Zoe Maddux
Bachelor of Science in Ecology
Covington, Georgia
Summer 2021

Karis Ellen Mahaffey
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology
magna cum laude

Jenna Marie McLoughlin
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology
Certificate in Environmental Education

Taylor Michelle Mizelle
Bachelor of Science in Ecology
Bachelor of Science in Biology

Ansley Elizabeth Nash
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology
Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs

Somerlin Chase Nixon
Bachelor of Science in Ecology
Bachelor of Science in Biology with Marine Biology Area of Emphasis
summa cum laude

Sarah Grace Petrea
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology

Chancey Danielle Phillips
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology

Mackenzie Taylor Ressel
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology

Sarah Grace Sellars
Bachelor of Arts in EcologyMinor in Studio Art

Ella Jennifer Settle
Bachelor of Science in EcologyMinor in Biology; Minor in Studio Art

Lyndon Emile Sullivan-Brugger
Bachelor of Science in Ecology
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Minor in Classical Culture
magna cum laude

Benjamin Jackson Thomas
Bachelor of Science in Ecology

Kerstin Glenn Thulé
Bachelor of Science in EcologyMinor in Entomology
Certificate in International Agriculture
summa cum laude

Lauren Elizabeth Towe
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology
Certificate in Sustainability
cum laude

Isabel Kathryn Wargowsky
Bachelor of Science in Ecology
magna cum laude

Jacob Tyler Warren
Bachelor of Science in Ecology

Matthew Alan Whiting
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology
Certificate in Sustainability

Destiny Eden Willard
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology

Brett Avery Williamson
Bachelor of Science in Ecology
cum laude

Victoria Zhanice Wooten
Bachelor of Science in Ecology

Irene Elizabeth Wright
Bachelor of Arts in EcologyMinor in Anthropology