Frequently Asked Questions about the Graduate Recruitment Event!

We are excited to answer questions about the New Approaches to Graduate Recruitment in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science event. The event is being supported by the President’s New Approaches Initiative to promote and institutionalize new ways to enhance diversity and promote an inclusive environment in the University of Georgia Community. This project was initiated by the Odum School of Ecology and is supported by the Center for Integrative Conservation Research, the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, and the Graduate School of the University of Georgia.

The event will occur between 28 February – 2 March 2019 at the University of Georgia. Events will begin Thursday evening and end Saturday morning.

Applications are due January 31, 2019!

Please visit this site to apply!


Frequently Asked Questions:

How much will it cost for candidates to attend the event?

  • We are planning for applicants to attend the event for free. We will do our best to reimburse all travel costs (mileage, flights, etc.) for selected candidates who are based in the United States and US Territories. During the event, all food will be provided, and candidates will be housed with currently enrolled graduate students.

Do applicants have to attend UGA for graduate school?

  • No. We hope to create a networking opportunity that will stimulate interest in graduate studies at UGA, but there is no requirement to apply to UGA in the fall of 2019. We are designing an experience that will be beneficial for anyone applying to any graduate program in the US.

Can anyone interested in any field of study apply?

  • We are excited in candidates interested in pursuing studies in environmental science. That means we are excited to support candidates pursuing studies in natural, physical, and/or social sciences with hopes to be mentored by faculty in Anthropology, Ecology, Geography, or Natural Resources/Forestry.

What will applicants gain from participating in the event?

  • Participants will create a larger professional network in their field of interest.
  • Participants will participate in workshops that will support them in learning: 1) how to contact potential advisors, 2) how to apply to graduate school, and 3) how to apply for nationally-competitive fellowship programs, including the NSF GRFP, the Fulbright Student Grant, and the Ford Fellowship Program.
  • Participants will leave with examples of successful fellowship proposals.

Who should attend the event?

  • We are excited to have a diverse group of participants from people from groups traditionally under-represented in the STEM fields. We realize that diversity comes in many shapes and forms (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, abilities, etc.) and we are excited to consider all candidates, including first-generation college students, for the program. We are happy to speak with anyone if they have questions, but we define diversity very broadly.
  • Candidates should be considering applying to graduate school in the fall of 2019, with plans to matriculate in the fall of 2020. In other words, we want to create a networking opportunity for folks BEFORE they would apply to graduate school.For students enrolled in undergraduate programs, that means we are interested in students who are juniors that would be planning to attend graduate school right after completing undergrad and students who are seniors and are planning to work for one year before coming to graduate school.
  • We are VERY interested in recruiting people who have finished school and have been working professionally and are thinking about using graduate school to change fields or support the advancement of their career. In other words, we are excited to consider applicants from many ages and career/educational stages!
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New Community Education Resource for Groups Working in Urban Watersheds!

The Capps Lab is excited to announce the initiation of the Watershed Learning Network. The WLN was developed from ideas and materials that were developed in the Atlanta Watershed Learning Network (AWLN) in collaboration with the Urban Ecology course at UGA, a service-learning course in the Odum School of Ecology. All of the content was inspired by our Atlanta-based collaborators and much of the content on the WLN site was generated by incredible undergraduate students.

For the past few years, ECO-Action has collaborated with American Rivers, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, The Conservation Fund, Park Pride, the Atlanta Community Improvement Association, and the Metro Atlanta Urban Watershed Institute to build capacity and develop leadership for green infrastructure in the Intrenchment and Proctor Creek watershed communities. This work evolved and led to the creation of Atlanta Watershed Learning Network.

The sense of community and energy generated by the AWLN, inspired the organizers to expand the impact of the educational program and create the Watershed Learning Network.

The website is a work in progress and will continue to evolve through future collaborations with the West Atlanta community and in future iterations of the Urban Ecology class. If you have links to relevant information or materials that might enhance the resources available on the site, please feel free to send your ideas to ugaurbanecology [at] We are excited to enhance and improve the website through time!

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Interested in learning more about DOC in streams?

If you are interested in learning more about interactions between dissolved organic carbon and metals in streams, consider checking out the recently accepted publications from lab alum Nate Tomczyk!

The influence of land cover on the sensitivity of streams to metal pollution
NJ Tomczyk, TB Parr, SJ Wenger, KA Capps
Water research 144, 55-6

Trophic strategies influence metal bioaccumulation in detritus-based, aquatic food webs
N Tomczyk, TB Parr, E Gray, J Iburg, K Capps
Environmental science & technology


Basic RGB
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Odum School of Ecology Teaching Postdoctoral Program

Odum School of Ecology Teaching Postdoctoral Program

The Odum School of Ecology (OSE) at the University of Georgia invites applications from outstanding early-career scientists for a school-supported postdoctoral appointment. S/he will pursue a collaborative research project with one or more OSE faculty members while teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate levels. Instructional activities may include contributing to existing core courses, developing a new course in the applicant’s area of interest, and mentoring students in directed research. The anticipated term of appointment is two years, with the second year contingent on satisfactory performance. We seek candidates with a PhD in Ecology or related field, and with outstanding potential in research and teaching, who can contribute to the inclusive teaching and research missions of the OSE community. The appointment is accompanied by an annual research and travel budget of $2000. For more information on the Odum School and our academic programs, please see our website:

To apply, candidates should propose a research project that involves one or more mentor(s) from the Odum School of Ecology, and describe the project in 2 pages or less, including objectives, background, approach, and feasibility (with additional length permitted for references or figures). Applicants should combine into a single PDF file a (I) cover letter that describes teaching interests, proposed teaching activities and career goals, (II) curriculum vitae, (III) research proposal, (IV) contact information for 3 professional references, and (V) a statement from proposed research mentor in support of applicant, including how the applicant and project would benefit the school as a whole. Materials should be submitted as an attachment sent to Award decisions will consider the hosting lab’s research/mentoring record and support for the proposed project, the applicant’s credentials, the novelty and feasibility of the proposed research project, and the proposed teaching and mentoring activities. Projects promoting synergy across multiple labs are encouraged.

Applications must be received by Nov 20 to ensure full consideration, with an anticipated start date between Feb-Jul 2019. Questions should be directed to Sonia Altizer,, or Ford Ballantyne,

If you are excited to work in freshwater ecology, feel free to contact me (kcapps [at] uga [dot] edu to discuss opportunities in the lab!

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MS Position in Urban Ecology and Evolution

The Capps, Anderson, and Wares Labs in the Odum School of Ecology at the
University of Georgia are interested in recruiting a MS student to begin
coursework in the fall of 2019 in the Conservation Ecology and
Sustainable Development program to support research in urban ecology and

To work in our labs, you must: 1) meet the entrance requirements for the
University of Georgia and be admitted to the program in the Odum School,
2) enjoy working in a team environment, and 3) have a strong work ethic.
Students in our lab groups typically conduct a combination of field and
laboratory work and integrate both experimental and observational
approaches to answer ecological and evolutionary questions. Applicants
for this position will also be required to apply for the Butler and
Spencer Fellowships through the Odum School in cooperation with the
River Basin Center at UGA (

Entrance to the Odum School of Ecology typically requires high GPAs and
competitive verbal and quantitative GRE scores, though there is some
flexibility if an applicant has extensive research experience and/or
particularly strong letters of recommendation. If you have not taken
your exams, but will complete them by November, please make sure to
mention that information in your email.

The research project will examine the long-term impacts of urbanization
on the evolution of stream macroinvertebrate populations. The student
will be advised by the research team of Krista Capps, Jill Anderson, and
John Wares. Applicants should have completed or will complete a degree
in biology, ecology, evolution, or a related field by August 2019.
Applicants are required to have previous research experience, and those
with previous experience working with freshwater macroinvertebrates
and/or genetic analyses are preferred.

Contact Instructions: If you are interested in this position, please
send Dr. Krista Capps (kcapps [ at ] an email with (1) a two
paragraph description of your research interests and relevant
work/educational experience, (2) one sentence outlining your GRE (and
TOEFL if applicable) scores, and (3) one-sentence identifying the degree
you are interested in pursuing. Please attach a pdf of your curriculum
vitae or resume and copies of university transcripts. This information
will be shared with Drs. Anderson and Wares.

Useful links:

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Upper Oconee Science and Policy Summit: Registration and Call for Abstracts!


Upper Oconee Science and Policy Summit

Reminder: Registration and Call for Abstracts

Upper Oconee Watershed Network/UGA River Basin Center/UGA Office of Sustainability/Watershed UGA/ACC Stormwater and Water Conservation


Please forward this to any potentially interested parties! All are welcome.


The Upper Oconee Watershed Network (UOWN) and its partners are now accepting abstract submissions for the second Upper Oconee Science and Policy Summit, “Exploring the Intersection of Science and Policy in the Upper Oconee Watershed”, that will occur on Friday September 21, 2018 in the UGA Special Collection Library in Athens, Georgia.


The summit will bring together scientists, policymakers, activists, students, managers, and community members from across the region to explore the intersection between water resource science, management, and policy in the Upper Oconee Watershed.

Oral and poster presentations will:

  •      Educate attendees on the water resource activities occurring in the watershed
    ●      Highlight the integral connection between science and policies and management
    ●      Identify research and policy needs as well as opportunities for collaboration and action in the watershed
    ●      Introduce decision makers and managers in the watershed to some of the brightest student researchers at UGA

Aquatic research programs can yield valuable knowledge to inform policies and management decisions.  Frequently, much is lost in the translation between scientific research and policy development. The summit seeks to address this challenge by: (1) highlighting effective ways in which science can inform policy development, (2) foster a collaborative environment where scientists, policy professionals, and community members can share needs and interests, and (3) identify gaps in research that are needed to support effective watershed management.  Oral presentations will be limited to 5-7 minutes (depending on number of presenters) to encourage more time for questions and interactions.


Registration and abstract submission: Please submit proposals via this form by August 27, 2018.


For more information or questions, contact


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Denzell Cross Featured as a UGA Amazing Student!

Denzell Cross, a PhD Student in the Capps Lab, was featured as a UGA Amazing Student on May 27 (!

Denzell Cross - PhD candidate in Ecology
Denzell Cross awarded Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Athens, Ga. – Denzell Cross, a doctoral student in Integrative Conservation and Ecology at the University of Georgia, has been awarded a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. This highly selective award—approximately 65 were given in 2018—provides three years of support for study in pursuit of a doctorate. It recognizes academic excellence; promise for future achievement as a scholar, researcher and teacher in higher education; and capacity to use diversity as a resource to enrich the education of all students. Cross is the fourth UGA student to receive the award. 

Cross studies the impacts of landscape-scale disturbance on urban watersheds in Georgia using trait-based ecology and historical data. Specifically, he is exploring how the structure and function of communities of macroinvertebrates—small creatures like insects, crayfish and snails—living in streams and rivers change through time in response to increasing urbanization. 

His work will help inform management and conservation efforts in urban environments.

“Denzell has been such a fantastic addition to my lab and to the Odum community,” said Cross’s doctoral advisor Krista Capps, assistant professor in the Odum School of Ecology and Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. “His proposed work has the potential to fundamentally change how we understand the long-term impacts of urbanization on animal communities. ​The recognition of Denzell’s potential as a scientist from the Ford Foundation is wonderful and exceptionally well-deserved.”

The doctoral program in Integrative Conservation combines disciplinary depth in one of four areas—anthropology, ecology, geography or forestry and natural resources—and collaboration across disciplines and fields of practice, with a focus on solving the complex conservation challenges of the future. 

“Denzell is a perfect example of the kind of s
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Keysa Rosas-Rodriguez selected as a Fulbright Student Fellow

Integrative Conservation and Ecology PhD student, Keysa Rosas-Rodriguez, was selected as a Fulbright Student Fellow for Mexico! Keysa's research will examine the impacts of palm oil expansion on the structure and function of freshwater ecosystems in the Neotropics. This is such a well-deserved honor and we are so proud of her!

The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Keysa will be joining the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, alongside many distinguished figures around the world. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists, and teachers. They include 59 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 71 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Go Keysa!

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The Capps Lab welcomes a great new team of undergraduates!

The Capps Lab is excited to welcome a new crop of undergraduate researchers and interns to our team! Their academic backgrounds and interests are quite varied, and we are excited to have such an incredible, interdisciplinary team joining our ranks. Visit this link to learn more about our amazing team.

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Krista gives an invited lecture in the Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences at UCLA

The Marschak Colloquium

Drowning in Waste: Confronting the Ecological, Economic, and Technological Realities of Aging and Obsolete Water Infrastructure

The critical global problem of aging and obsolete water infrastructure threatens economic stability, human welfare, and the environment. Countries around the world face the challenge of allocating scarce resources to maintain and upgrade wastewater resource infrastructure, a burden frequently relegated to local governments. Water-infrastructure and policy decisions at the local level may have large ecological and socioeconomic impacts downstream, but we have a limited understanding of how waste streams vary and how they may differentially affect ecosystem structure and function through space and time. Using examples from the US and abroad, Krista Capps will discuss how to fill this important information gap and highlight the type of interdisciplinary research needed to advance understanding of links among freshwater ecology, water infrastructure, and human health and well-being.

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