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 (https://news.uga.edu/denzell-cross/)!

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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Denzell Cross Awarded the Prestigious Ford Predoctoral Fellowship!

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!

See more coverage of Denzell's award here!

Denzell Cross - PhD candidate in Ecology

"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."
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Visit to Kansas State!

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!

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The Capps Lab is looking for an undergraduate researcher in urban streams for the summer!

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.edu/) and/or Athens-Clarke County to support local stream restoration efforts. In conjunction with the Principal Investigator and a UGA-based graduate student, the participating student will be trained to collect and analyze water quality samples to begin relating in-stream environmental conditions with water infrastructure. Results will be applied to future Watershed UGA projects and will be shared with county water officials. Applicants should have some previous experience conducting field research and an interest in learning techniques in analytical chemistry. Successful candidates will be able to work effectively individually and within a team environment.

Details and Timeline: http://reu.ecology.uga.edu/?page_id=1289

Application: http://reu.ecology.uga.edu/?page_id=11

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REU Opportunity at the Savannah River Ecology Lab

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/themes.html. Examples of research projects conducted by past REUs can be found at: https://srel-reu.uga.edu/alumni.html. Students do not need prior research experience and while they can accept any year student they strongly encourage applications from sophomores. The program is  particularly interested in recruiting students from institutions with limited opportunities to participate in research in STEM disciplines.

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).

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Capps Lab Annual Holiday Celebration

Capps Lab Holiday Celebration at the Rook and Pawn in Athens, GA. I feel so thankful to have such a great team!

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Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program–Now Accepting Applications!

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.

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