High in the mountains of Colombia, a species of bear known for its black coat and cream-colored “spectacles” around its eyes builds nests in trees and forages for food.
As an undergraduate student in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, Camille Bennett (BSFR ’19) knew she liked being outdoors, and she liked to help others appreciate it.
The threads connecting Audrey Ballou’s life seemed disjointed at first: A love of the outdoors, the drive of a student athlete, an undergraduate degree in parks and recreation.
But over time, experiences began to weave together and a pattern emerged. A natural resources law class sparked an interest in legal studies, but the tuition was a heavy burden to carry. Then Ballou saw a flier for the National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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.
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!
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.
A virtual workshop this week hosted by the University of Georgia will help connect students from around the world to the concept of “One Health”—an idea that takes on even more significance in the time of a global pandemic.
When a wild animal is injured, its options are limited. Some of the luckier ones are scooped up by a human and brought to the University of Georgia Wildlife Clinic.
If all you know of Florida is beaches and theme parks, there’s a whole lot you don’t know about the state.