- Denzell Cross Featured as a UGA Amazing Student!
- Keysa Rosas-Rodriguez selected as a Fulbright Student Fellow
- The Capps Lab welcomes a great new team of undergraduates!
- Krista gives an invited lecture in the Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences at UCLA
- Denzell Cross Awarded the Prestigious Ford Predoctoral Fellowship!
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.
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.
Krista gives an invited lecture in the Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences at UCLA
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.
The Capps Lab is excited to celebrate Denzell Cross and his Ford Predoctoral Fellowship Award! This year the program awarded approximately 65 predoctoral fellowships. These fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.
The awards are made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
We are so proud of Denzell and excited to see how his research program develops!
Thank you to the Gido Lab for being such amazing hosts for my visit. It was fantastic to meet such a great group of biologists in the Division of Biology and learn about the exciting research going on at K-State. Though the sturgeon remained elusive, I did catch some of my first carp suckers and had the opportunity to fish in the Kansas River!
Declining water quality and increasing human health risks associated with failing water infrastructure
Globally, failing water infrastructure has been linked to declining water quality and increased exposure to contaminants, and potentially harmful bacteria infections including, but not limited to Escherichia coli. To assess temporal and spatial changes in the chemical and bacterial composition of water associated with failing water infrastructure in tributaries of the Oconee River Watershed, members of the Capps Lab will conduct a field- and lab-based empirical study. Field activities will be conducted in Athens, GA in stream reaches that have been designated as priority research areas by either Watershed UGA (https://www.watershed.uga.
Details and Timeline: http://reu.ecology.uga.edu/?page_id=1289
Consider applying for the NSF REU program in Radioecology held at the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL; https://srel-reu.uga.edu/). The program is unique in that it is the only undergraduate program in radioecology in the U.S. Students have an outstanding opportunity to gain field and lab experience working on the Savannah River Site. The list of research themes for 2018 can be found at: https://srel-reu.uga.edu/
The program has graduated three cohorts of students through our REU program and it has been a great success. They focus our recruitment efforts in the southeastern U.S. to facilitate follow-on activities between students and mentors. This has been an effective approach as demonstrated by students’ accomplishments that include co-authored peer-reviewed publications (9) and presentations (12) and posters (17) given at regional, national or international conferences. In addition, six students have enrolled in graduate programs (including three at SREL) and 10 were hired as research technicians (including seven at SREL).
Capps Lab Holiday Celebration at the Rook and Pawn in Athens, GA. I feel so thankful to have such a great team!
Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of California Santa Cruz are now available. Each March, 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country are selected to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years. The goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water.
During the first year Scholars participate on an eight-week, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors. During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies. A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years and beyond, they work with home mentors at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support. Scholars receive a $4,000 stipend each summer and become part of the national Doris Duke Conservation Scholars network for life.
Share this program information with faculty, freshmen, sophomores, eligible juniors, and others in your professional and community networks! Applications for the 2018 class of Scholars are available on the website and due February 9, 2018.