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Amazing Students

Christina Faust is serious about saving the environment…and she might do it. A UGA Honors student from Athens, she received the 2008 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a prestigious national honor recognizing outstanding juniors who are preparing for public service careers…

Junior Jonathan Lee is happier in the woods than behind a desk. He is a forestry major who plans a future in natural resource policy, and he hopes to work, in particular, with biofuel production in Georgia. He recently completed…

If you want to know about slithering or slimy creatures, call senior ecology student Andrew Durso. He has helped teach classes in herpetology, population ecology and ichthyology in UGA’s Eugene Odum School of Ecology, which is the first and only…

Ethell Vereen is an emerging leader in the environmental arena. He came to UGA to pursue a master’s in environmental health and will soon complete his doctorate in ecology. He has had the unique opportunity to become fully engaged on…

Ecology major Brian Wesley Watts came to UGA for its research opportunities and has not been disappointed. Through the CURO program, he co-authored a soil ecology study that will be published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. He has traveled to…

Spending 20 hours digging recyclables out of trash cans isn’t Mark Milby’s idea of fun, but it certainly demonstrates his commitment to sustainability. The senior ecology major helped start the UGA Gameday Recycling program, which last year alone collected more…

Having grown up around UGA, Sheena Zhang is serious about taking full advantage of all that the university has to offer and using her education and experience to impact the environment on a global scale. As a junior, she has…

A passion for all that the outdoors and nature offers is at the core of Todd Pierson’s existence.  This Indianapolis, Indiana native relishes in his work in the Odum School of Ecology and his study abroad programs through UGA.

“Most mathematicians never consider fieldwork, and most scientists in the field would rather be run over by a truck than use math as a conservation tool,” says Theresa Stratmann. She is proving that merging two fields is a winning concept…

Waring “Buck” Trible is a self-proclaimed lover, of all things, fire ants. He credits UGA, the Odum School of Ecology and the entomology department for “enabling my habit” of studying the misunderstood insect. “My dream of becoming a scientist may…

Zachary Holmes, a senior majoring in ecology and biology, is already working in two research labs and is well on his way to his goal of solving global ecological problems.

As a Ramsey Scholar and Foundation Fellow, junior Allison Koch has found the perfect academic community to pursue her goals, and she even finds time to keep working toward her dream of competing in a triathlon.

Joseph Colbert has served his country both in the Marine Corps and AmeriCorps. As UGA’s first Pat Tillman Military Scholar, he is now pursuing his future as an ecologist with plans to continue his public service mission.

For Caitlin Hodges, a master’s degree student in ecology, it’s all about the soil. One class about soil in her first year set her on a path that has taken this third-generation Bulldog from the campus lab to halfway around…

Kip Lacy, a senior majoring in ecology and biology, has a passion for research, specifically with fire ants, but sometimes that conflicts with his other passion: music.

Torre Lavelle, a 2015 Udall Scholar who is interning with the U.S. Department of State this semester, has traveled to six continents to study as a UGA student. But she still found time to lead a Girl Scout troop for…