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News - March 2021

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Growing and maintaining healthy forests isn’t just about science. It also involves a lot of mathematics. And we’re not talking about calculating the number of seedlings you’ll need to plant, or the quantity of wood you might harvest—although those are important. But in between the planting and the harvesting comes a bevy of statistics and analysis. For decades, it’s been a foundation of the forestry program at the University of Georgia Warnell…
In celebration of Women's History Month, we are highlighting female Warnell alumni who have made significant accomplishments in areas of research. Today we are featuring Lisa Samuelson (BS ’85, MS ’87), who retired last year as the Luce Professor of Forestry and Alumni Professor at Auburn University's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. She now holds the title of Professor Emerita.   What are the main threads of your research?…
Spatial data develops insights into how individual birds behave   Every spring, flocks of birds small enough to fit in your hand fly thousands of miles and across continents to hatch the next generation. The vast majority of these birds head for the chilly air of North America, such as Canada, New England and the Adirondack Mountains. But a small segment finds a mate in the mountains spanning Georgia and North Carolina. It’s here, in an…
The nuclear power plant's exclusion zone is home to a new population of wildlife   In the decade since a tsunami washed over the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, triggering the second-largest nuclear disaster in history, the surrounding towns have struggled to return to normal. But that’s not the case for the wildlife living in the area. For the animals living in this mountainous coastal landscape, the absence of people has…
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In celebration of Women's History Month, we are highlighting female Warnell alumni who have made significant accomplishments in areas of research. Today, meet Lisa Muller (PhD ’95), a professor and assistant department head at the University of Tennessee.   What are the main threads of your research? Ecology and management of mammals; wildlife physiology   Tell us about a paper or research project you’re particularly proud of. My 2018…
As an undergraduate student in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, Camille Bennett (BSFR ’19) knew she liked being outdoors, and she liked to help others appreciate it. She studied parks, recreation and tourism management and connected with professor Kris Irwin, who shares her passion for environmental education. She also found a mentor in Warnell, alumna Jackie Sherry (BSFR ’11, MNR ’14), water…
First introduced to the United States as an aquarium plant, hydrilla might now be considered the kudzu of the lakes across the Southeast. Its aggressive stems can grow up to an inch a day and extend 20 to 30 feet into dark waters where many native plants can't grow.  But aside from its invasive effects in our waters, hydrilla are also host to a cyanobacteria, Aetokthonos hydrillicola, that has been linked to a disease in waterfowl. The…
Invasive water plant becomes breeding ground for cyanobacteria that causes lethal brain disease   The alarm bells began ringing when dozens of eagles were found dead near an Arkansas lake. Their deaths—and, later, the deaths of other waterfowl, amphibians and fish—were the result of a neurological disease that caused holes to form in the white matter of their brains. Field and laboratory research over nearly three decades have established…

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