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A backbone of bugs: The tiny drivers of freshwater ecology

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Aquatic entomologist and River Basin Center affiliate Darold Batzer and other researchers from the Department of Entomology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have spent their careers discovering how factors like climate change, pollution and urbanization impact insects. Uncovering changes to the well-being of insects provides clues to the drivers behind changes in entire ecosystems.

2023 John Spencer Research Grant recipients announced

The River Basin Center is proud to announce that Fabiola Lopez Avila, Carolyn Cummins and Shishir Rao have been awarded John Spencer Research Grants for 2023. Lopez Avila, who is pursuing her master’s through the Integrative Conservation and Sustainability program, was awarded full funding for her proposal on how plastics impact freshwater ecosystems. “Most research […]

Vallury awarded interdisciplinary ‘pre-seed’ grant

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A team of researchers helmed by Sechindra Vallury was awarded a pre-seed grant by the UGA Office of Research and the Office of the Provost. Other team members include affiliates Donald Nelson of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Emily Bell, of the School of Public and International Affairs, John Schmidt from Odum, and Daniel Markewitz of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Wilde awarded 2023 Creative Research Medal

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Affiliate Susan Wilde was awarded a Creative Research medal. The university established the Creative Research Medals in 1980 to recognize a distinct and exceptional research or creative project, performed by a mid-career faculty member, with extraordinary impact and significance to the field of study.

Capps steps into associate director role at the River Basin Center

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Earlier this year, associate professor Krista Capps stepped into the role of associate director at UGA’s River Basin Center. Capps joins directors of science and policy, Seth Wenger and Sechindra Vallury, respectively. As a rotating position, the associate director will expand the Center’s outreach and education programming and support existing initiatives. “We are excited to […]