Welcome our newest lab members

We are delighted to welcome Dan Cryan (left) and Alex Primo (Center) to our lab.  Dan graduated from Stanford in 2018, and is currently an ORISE intern at the EPA in Rhode Island.  Alex graduated from UCSB in 2018, and worked with us in Moorea in 2019.  We’re looking forward to having them both here Read More …

Elizabeth’s paper on coral damage and healing came out (a while ago – oops) in Oecologia!

[Better late than never — I forgot to post this earlier]  Elizabeth’s paper investigating the spatial distribution of damage on corals and its effects on healing and growth came out at the end of 2019 in Oecologia.   Abstract:  Many predators and herbivores do not kill their prey, but rather remove or damage tissue. Prey are Read More …

Dr. Shirk and the Karma Chameleon

Phil defended his dissertation this month in the Biology Department at the University of Florida (Chameleons in a Changing Climate).  Phil’s work highlighted changing environments, thermal performance curves, and the responses of trophic chamelons, based upon his work in the East Usumbara Mountains in Tanzania.   He did a great job — and there was even Read More …

Amy’s research testing settlement shadows in mosquitoes was published!

Abstract.  Colonization, including oviposition, is an important driver of population and community dynamics both within and across habitat patches. Most research has focused on the roles of habitat availability or quality on colonization and its outcomes. However, the spatial distribution of habitats also likely affects these processes. We conducted field experiments in Georgia, USA, using Read More …

Our muricid-vermetid paper is out in MEPS!

Our team’s paper (pdf), led by Anya, on the interaction between muricids and vermetids came out today in MEPS.  Abstract: Predators, through their effects on prey densities, sizes, and behaviors, can shape ecological communities. Thus, quantitative assessments of predator−prey relationships are key to understanding these effects. Here, we documented the patterns and processes underlying the Read More …

Lauric’s paper on the Moorea MPA is online in Ecosphere!

Lauric’s paper (pdf) on the response of fishes to the Moorea MPA network is now on-line at Ecosphere.  Abstract:  Marine protected area (MPA) networks, with varying degrees of protection and use, can be useful tools to achieve both conservation and fisheries management benefits. Assessing whether MPA networks meet their objectives requires data from Before the establishment Read More …

Dr. Brown just snailed it!

Anya defended her dissertation last week in the Odum School of Ecology at UGA (Trait-mediated effects and the extended phenotype: community interactions on coral reefs).  She did a great job – an excellent seminar and rumor has it there was even laughter coming out of the defense.  Many thanks to her committee (Tom Frazer, Erin Read More …

Congratulations to Rebecca and Kat!

Rebecca won Best Oral Presentation at the 2018 Benthic Ecology Meetings in Corpus Christi, for her talk “Incorporating intraspecific variation and metabolic theory into our understanding of consumer-plant interactions”.  Kat Clancy (mentored by Rebecca) also attended the meeting and gave a poster on her undergraduate thesis research, “Do physiological responses to temperature depend on body Read More …

UGA forms a SEEDS (ESA) Chapter

ESA formed the Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) program in 1996 to facilitate the participation of underrepresented students in our discipline.  The UGA SEEDS Chapter, which was just approved, was created through the efforts of the Odum School of Ecology’s Diversity Committee, with special thanks to our own, Amy Briggs.  Great job Read More …