Henry Adams, a master's student at Warnell, is one of just 12 University of Georgia students who have received the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award.
This award recognizes and supports outstanding early career graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.
As the oldest fellowship of its kind, the NSF program has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. NSF Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.
Adams studies Bsal (Batrachochytrium salamandrivivorans), a fungal pathogen introduced to Northern Europe from Eastern Asia that is linked to mass die-offs in salamander populations. Adams’ research focuses on the eventuality that Bsal is introduced to tourism-rich Costa Rica. He studies the potential impacts the fungus would have on Costa Rican species, how humans impact amphibian pathogens in Costa Rican environments, and the potential for Bsal to be introduced into North America by way of the Costa Rican ecotourism industry.