In keeping with its dual focus on science and policy, the River Basin Center is co-directed by a Director for Policy and Director for Science.

Director for Science

Seth Wenger, Assistant Professor, Odum School of Ecology

Originally from Pennsylvania, Seth earned his PhD in 2006 from the University of Georgia. Seth’s current research areas include population viability analysis, conservation planning, and environmental flows, among others. Most of his work is highly applied and is intended to find practical solutions to conservation problems.

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Director for Policy

Laurie Fowler, Executive Director for Public Service and External Affairs, Odum School of Ecology

Laurie earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of the South, her law degree from UGA, and a Master of Laws in marine affairs from the University of Washington. Her research and service concentrates on federal, state and local environmental protection laws and policies; watershed protection strategies; environmental justice; growth management and solid waste reduction; land preservation including the use of conservation easements; citizen participation; and service learning. 

Contact Laurie: or (706) 583-0463