Interdisciplinary Field Program - exploring our cultural diversity

Posted 1 year 1 month ago
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The UGA Honors Summer Interdisciplinary Field Program (IFP) operated out of the department of geology is now in its 29th year. This summer’s group of 19 students come from a broad array of majors including geology, anthropology, ecology, engineering, as well as the arts and business. They are experiencing the challenges of outdoor living in temperatures that range from freezing to 115° and seeing more cultural diversity than many study abroad programs. By the end of this summer they will have covered over 10,000 miles of North American by-ways, dirt roads included. 


Natural History Lecture Series: Deborah Blum

Posted 1 year 10 months ago
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Pulitzer Prize winning science journalist Deborah Blum presents “The Poisoner's Guide to Life” on Friday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Odum School of Ecology auditorium.

The talk, which is part of the Natural History Lecture Series, is sponsored by the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Odum School of Ecology. It is free and open to all and will be followed by a reception and book signing. Copies of Blum’s books will be available for purchase.

In her talk, Blum will...

Amazing student: Jonah Driggers

Posted 1 year 11 months ago
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For St. Simons Island native Jonah Driggers, the ecology of the small island community has instilled a sense of mission that has been shaped by his UGA experiences:

Although I began my freshman year with vague intentions of pursuing a career in business, I always harbored a love of the outdoors that was developed over years of Scouting and working in the garden with my dad. Experiences made possible through the Foundation Fellowship, like taking Modernist Dystopian Literature with David Bradshaw at Oxford University and hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc with two of my best friends,...

How plants respond to climate change

Posted 2 years 2 months ago

Jill Anderson, an assistant professor of genetics, 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. Among the NSF's most prestigious, CAREER awards support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar and the integration of education and research:

Anderson's project tests whether plants will be able to survive on a warming planet by using a mustard plant species called Drummond's rockcress as a model. Native to the Rocky Mountains, Drummond's rockcress can grow at...

Understanding the global ocean microbiome

Posted 2 years 8 months ago
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The community of microorganisms in the world's oceans turn out to be the most important control mechanisms of how the Earth functions. Understanding their function and behavior will leverage our grasp on how the Earth will adjust to broad environmental changes, says Mary Ann Moran in a review article in the journal Science:

The ocean microbiome covers the majority of the Earth's surface, extending an average of more than 2 miles deep to the sea floor. Made up of an extraordinary diversity of microorganisms, the ocean microbiome was one of the first microbiomes to be studied...