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Research Areas

Our research in environmental policy and sustainability aims to understand the social and political dimensions of sustainable resource management. Faculty in this area research topics such as:


  • Human communities, policy, and government

Our research in parks, recreation, and tourism focuses on the "human dimension" of natural resources, with special focus on outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism. Research in this area aims to understand complex human-environment issues and drivers of travel…

There is a growing need for outdoor lessons in schools and more educational experiences connecting people with the outdoors. To help meet that need, Warnell offers instruction and training in environmental education.


This research area works to develop new…

Community forestry is the art and science of managing individual trees, tree stands, forests, and green spaces. A community forester is involved in assessment and appraisal of urban trees and sites, community planning and design decisions related to trees,…

This research area aims to understand the biological processes that influence how trees grow, and how the physiological mechanisms of trees regulate ecosystem processes.


Main research themes across our faculty include


  • Water, carbon, and nitrogen…

Our research priorities focus on issues critical to all aspects of forest business, and especially sustaining and enhancing the competitiveness of Georgia’s wood fiber supply.


This research area closely aligns with the UGA Center for Forest Business, which…

Research topics in the wildlife sciences area focus on the biological, ecological, and managerial aspects of wildlife populations. Our wildlife faculty are active in a variety of graduate teaching and research areas, including:


  • Population dynamics

This research area focuses on the ecology and health of aquatic systems, whether that's a pond, lake, river, or ocean system. Our faculty's areas of expertise cover freshwater species that are native to Georgia, as well as special populations and issues that may…

All aspects of land and environmental management involve soils and water. Soils and the vegetation they support interact to control the land-atmosphere exchanges of water and carbon, the routing of nutrients and solutes through the environment, and the hydrologic and…

Warnell is a leader in silviculture and forest biometrics. Our faculty and graduate students use new and emerging technology to develop ways of measuring and assessing our forests. This work leads to innovations in management practices, pest management, and disaster…

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