Congratulations to Fabiola Lopez Avila and Shelby M Bauer, RBC’s 2021 fellows!

Fabiola Lopez Avila

Fabiola Lopez Avila is this year’s RBC John Spencer Fellow. The John Spencer Fellowship honors John Kyle Spencer, a graduate student in the Odum School of Ecology, who was an extraordinary individual loved for his humor, generosity, energy, enthusiasm, and kindness. Each year the Odum School of Ecology, in cooperation with the UGA River Basin Center, awards a research assistantship to one incoming masters student.

Lopez Avila was born in born in Guanajuato, Mexico and has lived in Dalton, Georgia for the last fifteen years. She earned her BS in Biology from Dalton State College in 2018 and is pursuing an MS in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development at UGA in the Odum School of Ecology.

She was previously with the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute where she worked on microplastics as a research technician. Lopez Avila’s MS research will examine the interactions between microorganisms and microplastics. 

Shelby M Bauer

Shelby M Bauer is this year’s RBC James E. Butler Fellow. Columbus attorney James E. Butler, Jr. established the Butler Fellowships with a $1 million gift to the Institute of Ecology in 2006. Each year the Odum School of Ecology, in cooperation with the UGA River Basin Center, awards a research assistantship to one incoming master’s student in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development.

Bauer is originally from Minnesota but has spent most of the last ten years in Oregon, with a few winters spent in the Florida panhandle and southern Texas. She earned her BS in Zoology from Oregon State University and is pursuing an MS in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development at UGA in the Odum School of Ecology.

Bauer has spent the last four years working for the USGS’s Amphibian Monitoring and Research Initiative in Oregon and her master’s research will examine the ecology of the terrestrial-aquatic interface.