If part of being successful is asking the right questions, then Shelda Owens got off to an early start.
In middle school, inspired by a television show that featured daring mountain rescues, she wrote a letter to the U.S. Forest Service to learn more about working in forestry. The Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, native knew she liked being outside and was curious what a career in forestry might look like.
Amid the serenity of Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, a storm is brewing.
But rather than feeding the region’s lakes and rivers, it’s thundering through forests and valleys and entangling the region’s deer population along the way. As a result, many of the region’s deer suffer from chronic wasting disease, an incurable disease that means a death sentence for any animal that contracts it.
A rare study shows how one of Georgia’s barrier islands provides a safe haven for gopher tortoises and gives researchers at the University of Georgia evidence to prove species relocation is an effective conservation tool.
Georgia’s state reptile is one of the most threatened vertebrates. Numerous causes include annual low reproduction rates, habitat lost to development, and a vulnerable size prior to maturity that can render the species at risk for predation and roadside ruin.
A senior javelin thrower on the men’s track and field team, Alejandro Collins is passionate about environmentalism and human rights, which he attributes partly to growing up in Latin America. He follows the motto “more than my sport,” meaning that life is greater than sports. “We all need to set priorities and live every day by what we want to accomplish in life.”
Fun fact about me:
I practically have a jungle in my house. Taking care of my houseplants is one of my favorite things to do.
It’s been 40 years since Rex Benham (BSFR ’82) traded the rolling hills of Georgia with the open skies of East Texas, but he feels he got a good deal in the end.
Need some ideas for holiday gifts? Our students have some advice for the outdoors-people in your life. We asked our students to recommend some gear that’s been essential during their time at Warnell, whether it was weathering outdoor labs, mucking around in the woods after hours or helping them get the job done during an internship. Here’s what they had to say!
While the origins of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 are still unclear, researchers have long suspected that the virus that causes COVID-19 originated in bats and might have found a host in another animal on its way to infecting humans.
This story was originally published in The Xylom (thexylom.com) and is inspired by J. Drew Lanham’s “9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher” published in Orion Magazine. Alex Troutman assisted in the creation of the story.
1. Birds flock together for safety and community; Black female birders MUST do the same and for similar reasons. Not only does it greatly enhance the birding experience—being able to share notes and stories—but increased visibility and numbers never hurt when out and about, whether in the woods or in a residential area.
Wes Gerrin is no stranger to fish.
As a master’s student and technician in aquatics labs at the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Gerrin has seen his fair share of shiners and darters. But recently, as he looked into a bucket of fish he and colleagues collected from an Athens-area stream for a research project, he was stumped.