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 [email protected]
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.
Houses come equipped with basic kitchen supplies and are fully furnished, including a washer and dryer and in most cases, a dishwasher. You supply your own bed linens and towels. We try to ensure that everyone has a private bedroom, though during very busy years we have had people sharing rooms for a short period of time. Depending on the house, you may have 1-4 roommates.
Proximity of amenities
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 bonfires, river swimming, kayaking, soccer, volleyball, and Frisbee. Outstanding natural and cultural features within a 2.5-hour drive include Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Apalachicola National Forest, the Suwannee River, Pine Mountain, and Kolomoki Mounds State Park.