New study: Measuring complex forests with airborne lidar

A recent study from the Landscape Ecology lab led by Andy Whelan explores a new approach to improve large-scale measurements of forest structure using lidar. The study explored the use of “volumetric pixels” (or voxels) which have shown promise for forest measurement. The technique led to accurate estimates of wood volume, even when forest composition was unknown.

Plant Ecology Lab participates in frosted elfin translocation

Frosted elfin dorm over translocated caterpillar

Frosted elfin butterflies are thought to be extirpated in Georgia. The Jones Center and Tall Timbers are working together to establish a sustainable population of this species at Ichauway. We moved 30 caterpillars from the Apalachicola National Forest near Tallahassee, FL to Ichauway in April 2022. We also plan to release 30 adult butterflies in […]

Video: Plant Diversity and Wetlands

Scouting for rare wetland plants

Longleaf pine ecosystems feature some of the highest levels of biological diversity outside of the tropics. Most of this diversity is found in the herbaceous understory of longleaf woodlands and their associated wetlands. Join plant ecologist Lisa Giencke for a look at the importance of these wetlands to rare plants.

Banking Rare Seeds for a Wild Future – GPB News

Georgia Public Broadcasting was along the day we serendipitously collected the first seed banked as part of a grant awarded to safeguard 14 imperiled plant species through a partnership led by Wildlife Resources Division – Georgia DNR. Listen along as GPB documents the discovery.

Wild Pig Project

Wild pigs cause approximately 150 million dollars of damage annually in Georgia and they are well established in the state and throughout the Southeast. Unfortunately, wild pig populations are expanding.  Wild pigs have an amazing reproductive capacity: sows start breeding at a young age, breed often, and have large litters. These characteristics lend themselves to […]

UGA Odum School, Environmental Problem Solving

Steve Golladay was a virtual instructor for the UGA Odum School, Environmental Problem Solving, Maymester Class. He led an interactive session with the class examining water scarcity in the lower Flint River Basin. May 28, 2020. 

Virtual Field Trip to Radium Springs

Aqua-Biol produced a virtual field trip to Radium springs in support of the Society for Freshwater Science, Summer of Science 2020. Smith, C.R., C.E. Fallon, and S.W. Golladay. 2020. Radium Springs: History and virtual field tour (video). Society for Freshwater Science, Summer of Science 2020. 

Christine Fallon awarded a USFWS Directorate Fellow

Christine Fallon has been awarded a USFWS Directorate Fellow for the summer of 2020. This is a prestigious and competitive program that gives students experience with actual natural resource management and conservation within federal agencies. Following successful completion, student fellows earn a GS rating and credit towards federal employment. Christine collaborated virtually with USFWS personnel […]

A Landscape-Scale Approach to Wetland Mitigation

The lab is excited to partner with Frances O’Donnell and Matt Waters at Auburn University and the Aquatic Biology lab on a new USDA AFRI grant to study the role of isolated wetlands in mitigating non-point source pollution. A detailed project description can be found here.