UGA ecologists will present research at 2021 ESA annual meeting

Beth Gavrilles, bethgav@uga.edu
ESA 2021 Aug. 2-6 online.

The 106th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, taking place online from Aug. 2-6, will feature presentations from 18 University of Georgia researchers. The UGA contingent includes eight faculty members, students and postdoctoral associates from the Odum School of Ecology, as well as participants from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. Several UGA ecology alumni are also among the presenters.

The Odum School will host a virtual mixer via Zoom from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Aug. 4 for all UGA alumni; students; current and former faculty, staff, and postdocs; prospective ecology students and friends of UGA ecology who are registered for the annual meeting. Details will be found on the ESA annual meeting website.

Odum School of Ecology Presenters

  • Dessa Dunn
    Odum School of Ecology
    “Influence of deer browsing on invasive and native vegetation in a maritime forest.”
    Latebreaking Posters, LB 18: Invasion 1
    Thu., Aug. 5, 2021
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM PT (3:00 PM-4:00 PM ET)
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/3wqGyG
  • Niki Gajjar
    Odum School of Ecology
    “Functional differences in fine root morphology of savanna trees and grasses”
    Latebreaking Posters
    LB 35: Communities: Traits And Functional Diversity
    Thu., Aug. 5, 2021
    3:30 PM-4:30 PM PT (6:30 PM-7:30 PM ET)
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/QM8kxa
  • Richard J. Hall
    Odum School of Ecology
    Department of Infectious Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine
    Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases
    “Resource-dependent variation in movement as cross-scale drivers of pathogen transmission.”
    Special Sessions, SS 15: Connecting Disease with Movement Ecology in Humans and Animals: An Integrated Approach?
    Thu., Aug. 5, 2021
    9:30 AM-10:30 AM PT (12:30 PM-1:30 PM ET)
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/bYGX8x
  • Isabella G. Ragonese
    Odum School of Ecology
    Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases
    “Thermal responses of within-host infection dynamics in a butterfly-parasite system.”
    Contributed Talks, COS 34: Parasitism And Host-Parasite Interactions
    Mon., Aug. 2, 2021
    2:30 PM-3:30 PM PT (5:30 PM-6:30 PM ET)
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/5mqXk6
  • Emlyn J. Resetarits
    Odum School of Ecology
    Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases
    “Investigating how trematode parasites influence stream ecosystems through altered snail host consumption.”
    Latebreaking Posters, LB 20: Vital Connections in Ecology: Multi-Trophic Interactions and Ecosystem Function
    Thu., Aug. 5, 2021
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM PT (3:00 PM-4:00 PM ET)
  • Daniel Suh
    Odum School of Ecology
    “Community composition, abundance, and environmental conditions may enhance transmission of a ranavirus in larval amphibian communities.”
    Contributed Talks, COS 65: Disease and Epidemiology 3
    Tue., Aug. 3, 2021
    2:30 PM-3:30 PM PT (5:30 PM-6:30 PM ET)
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/v9Dpvy
  • Melanie K. Taylor
    Odum School of Ecology / Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
    “The return of fire in a transitioning forest: Ecosystem processes and soil biodiversity in fire-excluded, southern Appalachian forests”
    Biogeochemistry: Aboveground-Belowground Interactions
    Wed. Aug. 4
    On demand
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/3wqGBD
  • Megan Tomamichel
    Odum School of Ecology
    “Seasonal changes in transmission of and recovery from Hyalophysa lynni in commercial shrimp.”
    Contributed Posters, PS 17: Disease and Epidemiology
    Tue., Aug. 3, 2021
    9:30 AM-10:30 AM PT (12:30 PM-1:30 PM ET)
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/q9Y7vJ
  • Cali A. Wilson
    Odum School of Ecology
    Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases
    “Urbanization, food provisioning, and transmission-relevant behaviors in Florida white ibis.”
    Contributed Talks, COS 52: Disease and Epidemiology 1
    Tue., Aug. 3, 2021
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM PT (3:00 PM-4:00 PM ET)
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/J6gRDz

Other UGA Presenters

  • Raven L. Bier
    Savannah River Ecology Lab
    “How terrestrial runoff shapes aquatic microbiome composition and function.”
    Organized Oral Sessions, OOS 45: Microbial Connectivity Across Ecotones
    Thu., Aug. 5, 2021
    2:30 PM-3:30 PM PT (5:30-6:30 PM ET)
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/3wqYAd
  • Cody M. Cox
    Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
    “Multi-scale responses of forest-dependent Neotropical birds to landscape gradients.”
    Contributed Talks, COS 51: Communities: Spatial Patterns and Environmental Gradients 2
    Tue., Aug. 3, 2021
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM PT (3:00 PM-4:00 PM ET)
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/Z4Djv3
  • Rhianna R.  Hohbein
    Integrative Conservation
    “Cross-boundary collaboration for Andean bear conservation.”
    Contributed Talks, COS 25: Conservation Planning, Policy, And Theory 1
    Mon., Aug. 2, 2021
    1:30 PM-2:30 PM PT (4:30 PM-5:30 PM ET)
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/Z4DqMX
  • Daniel M. Johnson
    Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources 
    “The role of sapwood versus heartwood in water storage and maintenance of hydraulic conductivity during drought.”
    Organized Oral Sessions, OOS 41: Plant Water Relations Under Increasing VPD: Linkages and Gaps from Soil to Atmosphere
    Thu., Aug. 5, 2021
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM PT (2:00 PM-3:00 PM ET)
  • Nicolas Louw
    Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Department of Plant Biology
    “Dryland soil mycobiome response to precipitation variability depends on host plant association.”
    Organized Oral Sessions, OOS 12: Ecological Consequences of Variability in Climate
    Tue., Aug. 3, 2021
    7:00 AM-8:00 AM PT (10:00 AM-11:00 AM ET)
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/83bDKX
  • Amanda R.  Meier
    College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Entomology
    “Mycorrhizal fungi have variable effects on predator-prey dynamics under field conditions.”
    Organized Oral Sessions, OOS  43: The Role of Mycorrhizae in Shaping Species Interactions, Plant Community Dynamics, and Ecosystem Function
    Thu., Aug. 5, 2021
    1:30 PM-2:30 PM PT (4:30 PM-5:30 PM ET)
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/83bDKX
  • Micah Miles
    Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
    “Inspiring ‘Civic Herpetology’: Exploring motivations for volunteers of urban herpetofaunal conservation.”
    Contributed Talks, COS 3: Education
    Mon., Aug. 2, 2021
    8:30 AM-9:30 AM PT (11:30 AM-12:30 PM ET)
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/6ZqJBj
  • Callie Oldfield
    Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Department of Plant Biology
    Special Session: Maximize your 2021 Meeting Experience: Orientation and Networking for Student Attendees
    Mon. Aug. 2
    9:30 AM-10:30 AM PT (12:30 PM-1:30 PM ET)
  • Emilee M. Poole
    College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Entomology
    Shivaphis celti: An ongoing study of the biology, distribution, and impact of a non-native aphid on Celtis laevigata.”
    Contributed Poster, PS 38: Invasion 2
    Thu., Aug. 5, 2021
    9:30 AM-10:30 AM PT (12:30 PM-1:30 PM ET)
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/xvxBBR
  • Krishna Sharma
    Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
    “Butterfly migration along the Georgia coast and recommendations for optimal surveying.”
    Contributed Posters, PS 14: Vital Connections in Ecology: Breakthroughs in Understanding Species Interactions 2
    Mon., Aug. 2, 2021
    3:30 PM-4:30 PM PT (6:30 PM-7:30 PM ET)
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/dEy4ZR
  • Meredith Zettlemoyer
    Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Department of Plant Biology
    “Plant traits mediate herbivory across a nitrogen gradient differently in extirpated vs. extant prairie species.”
    Contributed Talks, COS 13: Species Interactions 1
    Mon., Aug. 2, 2021
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM PT (2:00 PM-3:00 PM ET)

UGA Ecology Alumni Presenters (incomplete list)

  • Jacob Allgeier, PhD ’13
    University of Michigan
    “Linking local dynamics to emergent ecosystem-scale properties to predict production in tropical coastal ecosystems”
    ESA Early Career Fellows and Mercer Award Symposium I
    Tue., Aug. 3
    On demand
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/G3Ynka
  • Marcelo Ardon, PhD ’06
    North Carolina State University
    “Climate and sea level rise driven forest mortality along the Southeastern and Gulf coasts of the US”
    Vital Connections in Ecology: Maintaining Ecological Resilience 1
    Mon. Aug. 2
    On demand
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/A9P3P3
  • Becky A. Ball, PhD ’07
    Arizona State University
    “Broad-scale patterns of litter chemistry throughout decomposition: chemical classes respond differently to litter characteristics and the decay environment”
    Biogeochemistry: New Paradigms In Biogeochem CyclingWed. Aug. 4
    On demand
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/J6gR8b
  • Ana Bento, former postdoc
    Indiana University
    Presentation 1
    Career Track: Explore Careers in Ecology I
    Mon. Aug. 2
    On demand
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/w3QM43
  • Elizabeth Blood, PhD ’81
    National Science Foundation
    “Conversations with NSF: Research, Diversity, and Training Challenges and Opportunities”
    Workshop: Career Track
    Thu. Aug. 5
    12:00-1:00 PM PT (3:00 PM-4:00 PM ET)
  • David R. Bowne, MS CESD ’97
    Elizabethtown College
    “Effects of a floodplain restoration on amphibians in an agricultural landscape”
    Posters
    Mon. Aug. 2
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/Yk3dRp
  • Sarah Budischak, PhD ’14
    Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, Keck Science
    Inspire 8: Infectious Lessons: Teaching Disease Ecology (session organizer)
    Tue., Aug. 3
    2:30-3:30 PM PT (5:30 PM-6:30 PM PT)
    “Condition-mediated costs of (co)infection”
    Posters
    Thu. Aug. 5
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/dEyWrr
  • Courtney Collins, MS CESD ’13
    University of Colorado, Boulder, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
    Inspire 10: Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Ground-Breaking Women in Soil Science (session organizer)
    Wed., Aug. 4
    8:30 AM-9:30 AM PT (11:30 AM-12:30 PM ET)
  • Tad Dallas, PhD ’16
    Louisiana State University
    “Species-area and network-area relationships in host-helminth interactions”
    Vital Connections in Ecology: Breakthroughs in Understanding Species Interactions 4
    Tue. Aug. 3
    On demand
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/gQ6jEk
  • Peter Groffman, PhD ’84
    Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
    “Effects of geoengineering on ecosystem processes.”
    Organized Oral Sessions, OOS 42: Climate Intervention: Risks, Effects and Predicted Impacts for Biodiversity and Ecological Systems
    Thu., Aug. 5
    1:30-2:30 PM PT (4:30 PM-5:30 PM ET)
  • Coeli M. Hoover, PhD ’96
    Northern Research Station, U.S. Forest Service
    “FIA data in action: Science supporting management”
    Forest And Rangeland Management – LB 17
    On demand
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/4dqG95
  • John Kominoski, PhD ’08
    Florida International University
    “Coastal carbon processing rates increase with mangrove cover following a hurricane in Texas, USA”
    Biogeochemistry: Biogeo Patterns Along Environmental Gradients
    Mon. Aug. 2
    On demand
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/kgyjvE
  • Andrew Kramer, former faculty member
    University of South Florida
    “Consumptive effects are stronger but more variable than non-consumptive effects in predator–prey systems”
    Predation And Predator-Prey Interactions
    Mon. Aug. 2
    On demand
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/5mqXkL
  • Gaston (Chip) Small, PhD ’10
    University of Saint Thomas
    “Interaction between compost amendments, soil chemistry, and microbial activity in an urban agroecosystem”
    Soil
    Wed., Aug. 4
    On demand
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/E3vPmY
  • Elizabeth B. Sudduth, MS ’04
    Georgia Gwinnett College
    “Effects of beaver activity and beaver dam analogs on water quality and macroinvertebrate diversity in urban streams”
    Posters
    Mon. Aug. 2
    Direct Link: https://cdmcd.co/nQ74WG
  • Monica Turner, PhD ’85
    University of Wisconsin
    “The magnitude, direction and tempo of forest change in Greater Yellowstone in a warmer world with more fire.”
    Organized Oral Sessions, OOS28: Fire-vegetation interactions and ecosystem resilience in a warmer world
    Wed., Aug. 4
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM PT (2:00 PM-3:00 PM ET)