Mike Conner

Prospective Students

Research in the wildlife lab focuses on a better understanding of how animals interact with each other and with their environments.  Historically, our work focused on two fairly broad topics: (1) how predators directly affected prey populations through the process of predation and (2) how forest management, especially prescribed fire, influenced wildlife populations and communities.  Today, much of our research is focused on how predation risk affects prey behavior,  including prey response to habitat management activities, and whether prey response to predation risk results in population-level effects.  Those interested in potential graduate studies with the wildlife lab are encouraged to contact us to learn about any potential opportunities at mike.conner@jonesctr.org

The ecosystems of Ichauway

The Jones Center at Ichauway is a non-profit ecological research center located in Baker County, GA. The Ichauway property covers 29,000 acres of mostly longleaf pine savanna, but also mixed hardwood forests, riparian hardwood forests, wetlands, and agricultural fields. Fifteen miles of the Ichauwaynochaway Creek runs through the property and 13 miles of the Flint River form the eastern boundary. Longleaf pine used to cover over 90 million acres in North America, but as of 2010, only approximately 3.4 million acres (~3%) remain. The southeast of the U.S. in general and Ichauway specifically boasts a tremendous amount of diversity. Over 1,100 vascular plant species and over 370 vertebrate species have been documented on Ichauway.


The majority of our on-site lodging is newly constructed (pictured below). Lodging assignments vary depending on availability. All lodging comes equipped with basic kitchen supplies and are fully furnished, including all major appliances. Everyone has a private bedroom and bathroom. The common spaces, such as kitchen, living area, and laundry spaces, are shared. You supply your own queen-size bed linens, bath towels, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.

Proximity of amenities

Internet is provided in all lodging for students. Cell service can be somewhat patchy depending on your service provider and where you are on site. Verizon is the most reliable. Basic groceries and household items are available within a 20-minute drive, and major grocery stores are located within a 35-minute drive.


A kaleidoscopic cast of graduate students and research assistants adds sparkle to the Jones Center. The diverse research specialties at the center mean that birding, botanizing, herping, and other informal natural history excursions happen often.

Common social and recreational activities include soccer, river swimming, kayaking, roller skating and roller blading, volleyball, and basketball. Outstanding natural and cultural features within a 2.5-hour drive include Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Wakulla Springs, Apalachicola National Forest, the Suwannee River, Pine Mountain, Lake Seminole, and Kolomoki Mounds.