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!

HolidayCappsLab
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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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AQUATROP CALL FOR SPECIAL SESSIONS PROPOSALS Call open: October 1 – November 17, 2017

The Organizing Committee of the Congress on Tropical Aquatic Ecosystems in the Anthropocene - AQUATROP invites proposals for Special Sessions (Symposiums) at the congress, which will be held July 23-26, 2018 in Quito, Ecuador. The objective of AQUATROP is to promote scientific exchange and learning among stakeholders in various fields related to the study of freshwater ecosystems in the context of the major changes that are occurring in the Anthropocene. For this reason, we aim to involve a wide array of experts and
practitioners, from taxonomists and ecologists studying the diversity and ecology of aquatic organisms, to engineers and managers of aquatic ecosystems working on their sustainable use and management.

The person or group that proposes a Special Session is expected to act as the Session organizer by inviting potential speakers, and communicating with them all the relevant information regarding the Session being proposed. Please keep in mind the following:
 The topic of the session must be related to the AQUATROP general theme,
 The contents of the Special Session should not overlap with General Sessions of the congress, and similar sessions may be joined into one,
 The principal organizer should open the session by presenting an overview of the topic and future tendencies.

The proposals for a Special Session should contain the following information: title, a brief description (250 words), justification (100 words) and summary (50 words), contact details of the principal organizer and possible co-organizers(optional), as well as a list of six potential speakers and tentative subjects of their talks.

Our Scientific Committee will evaluate the proposals on a peer-review basis, focusing on scientific relevance, structure and organization, and the proposed speakers. You can submit your proposals by November 17, 2017 at aquatrop2018@gmail.com with the subject “Proposal Special Session AQUATROP”. The organizers of proposals will be notified on November 27, 2017, after which the accepted sessions will be posted at the AQUATROP website.

http://riostropicales2018.org/special-sessions-symposium-guidelines/?lang=en

http://riostropicales2018.org/welcome/?lang=en

 

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Tropical Aquatic Ecosystems in the Anthropocene AQUATROP

The Red Macrolatinos (RML), together with the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS), the Asociación Ecuatoriana de Limnología (AEL), and the Sociedad(e) de Odonatología Latinoamericana (SOL) cordially invite you to the Meeting “Tropical Aquatic Ecosystems in the Anthropocene AQUATROP“, which will be held July 23-26 2018, in Quito, Ecuador (with pre-meeting courses July 21 – 22, and post-meeting excursions starting July 27, 2018).

This will be the fourth meeting of the Red Macrolatinos (RML), the first of the Ecuadorian Association of Limnology (AEL), the first international initiative of the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) and the second meeting of the the Sociedad(e) de Odonatología Latinoamericana (SOL). The meeting focuses on tropical freshwater ecosystems in the context of the major changes that are occurring due to human interventions. We live on a planet where the human footprint is inevitable and it is for that very reason that we need to understand how our ecosystems function in their natural conditions and when altered by humans. The objective of our meeting is to promote the dissemination of high quality scientific research in any of the areas related to the study of tropical and subtropical aquatic ecosystems in the Americas. We also seek to actively promote communication and collaboration between scientists, stakeholders, and members of the different scientific organizations with similar interests.

It is a great pleasure for us to welcome you to this meeting, which not only brings together the members and participants of the four collaborating associations, but also invites professionals, students and resource managers interested in biology, ecology, hydrology, management, management, conservation and restoration of freshwater ecosystems in the tropics and subtropics of the Americas.

Our meeting includes eight plenary sessions which will be of interest to the meeting participants, but also to the public of the city of Quito and all of Ecuador. We also expect to have over 100 oral presentations in diverse subjects and 100 posters presentations. Our Special Sessions or symposiums will cover a wide range of current and innovative topics relating to tropical freshwater ecosystems.

http://riostropicales2018.org/welcome/?lang=en

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University of Wyoming is Hiring in EEB!

University of Wyoming is hiring a number of new faculty members this year, including three in areas with particular relevance to ecology and evolution:
1) Aquatic ecosystem ecology (see ad here)
2) Computational biology (with expertise in genomics) (see ad here)
3) Plant-microbe interactions (see ad here)
More information about the cluster hire can be found here: http://www.uwyo.edu/epscor/microbial-ecology/facsearches.html
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Assist Ecologists Affected by Hurricanes and Earthquake

ESA is thinking about its members, their families, and their co-workers affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and by the Mexico City earthquake. Ecologists well understand the impact of natural disasters on ecological systems, but have also witnessed nature’s ability to rebound after such disturbances.

For members whose lives were affected by the hurricanes and the earthquake, we hope your recovery efforts go well and that your daily life returns to normal as soon as possible. ESA wants you to know that you have our good wishes and thoughts during this difficult time.

Many members of the ESA community want to know how they can help get your research back up to speed, whether it’s space in a freezer or on a server, a temporary host for a graduate student, or equipment for your field season. ESA is facilitating member-to-member sharing by collecting offers of assistance and resources to share with those affected.

https://www.esa.org/esablog/ecology-in-the-news/assist-ecologists-affected-by-hurricanes-and-earthquake/

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Congreso Ecosistemas Acuáticos Tropicales en el Antropoceno AQUATROP

http://riostropicales2018.org/

La Red Macrolatinos (RML), junto con la Society for Freshwater Science (SFS), la Asociación Ecuatoriana de Limnología (AEL), y la Sociedad(e) de Odonatología Latinoamericana (SOL), se unen para realizar e invitar cordialmente al “Congreso Ecosistemas Acuáticos Tropicales en el Antropoceno AQUATROP”, el cual se realizará del 23 al 26 de Julio del 2018, en Quito, Ecuador (cursos pre-congreso 21 y 22 de Julio, excursiones post-congreso a partir del 27 de Julio 2018).

Este congreso es el 4to Congreso de Macroinvertebrados de la Red Macrolatinos (RML), el primer congreso de la Asociación Ecuatoriana de Limnología (AEL), la primera iniciativa internacional de la Society for Freshwater Science (SFS), y el 2do encuentro de la Sociedad(e) de Odonatología Latinoamericana (SOL). El tema del congreso hace referencia a los enormes cambios que están sufriendo los ecosistemas de agua dulce de esta región debido a la intervención de los seres humanos. Actualmente vivimos en un planeta donde la huella del ser humano es inevitable y por esta misma razón es necesario que entendamos cómo funcionan nuestros ecosistemas en sus condiciones naturales y alteradas por los seres humanos. El objetivo de nuestro congreso es promover la diseminación de investigaciones científicas de alta calidad en cualquiera de áreas que compete al estudio de ecosistemas acuáticos tropicales y subtropicales de las Américas. Además, buscamos promover la comunicación y colaboración entre científicos y gestores y entre miembros de diferentes organizaciones científicas con intereses similares.

Es para nosotros un enorme placer darles la bienvenida a este congreso, que no solo reúne a los miembros y participantes de estas cuatro asociaciones, pero además invita a profesionales, estudiantes y gestores que estén interesados en la biología, ecología, hidrología, gestión, manejo, conservación y restauración de ecosistemas de agua dulce de las zonas tropicales y subtropicales de las Américas.

Nuestro congreso incluye ocho charlas magistrales de invitados especiales de temas que serán de mucho interés para nuestros participantes, pero también para el público general de la ciudad de Quito y de todo el Ecuador. Además, esperamos más de 100 presentaciones orales  de diversos temas y 100 exposiciones de posters. También tendremos sesiones especiales o simposios de varios temas actuales y de vanguardia.

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Odum School Responds to Hurricane Maria

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Athens, Ga. – Students, faculty and staff at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology are responding to the impacts of Hurricane Maria with a drive to raise funds for immediate and long-term aid.

The Odum School has long-standing personal and professional ties to Puerto Rico, dating back to the 1960s when UGA ecology faculty members Frank Golley, Carl Jordan, Dick Wiegert and Dave Coleman conducted research at the Luquillo Experimental Forest. Their work was part of a project at El Verde rainforest led by H.T. Odum—brother and collaborator of Eugene Odum—funded by the Atomic Energy Commission. This early ecosystem research was, at least in part, the basis for the Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research project being funded by the National Science Foundation in 1988, according to Professor Alan Covich. He and fellow Odum School faculty members Catherine Pringle and Ford Ballantyne, alumnus Alonso Ramírez of the Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies at the University of Puerto Rico, and Thomas Mote of the UGA geography department, all have active research projects there now. Recent graduates Amber Falkner and Kelsey Morton are currently based at Luquillo, and a number of Odum students and alumni are Puerto Rican citizens.

Odum School efforts will be focused first on raising funds to provide immediate humanitarian assistance and collaborating with other UGA relief projects, then on supporting Puerto Rico’s ecology infrastructure and its scientists.

For more information and to learn how you can help, contact Darixa Hernandez at darixa.hernandez@uga.edu.

Hurricane Maria’s impacts on Puerto Rico’s ecosystems

Alan Covich has been quoted extensively in the media on the impacts of Hurricane Maria on the ecosystems of the island.

Hurricane Maria decimated the nation’s only tropical rain forest outside Hawaii

By John Hopewell, September 29, Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/09/29/hurricane-maria-decimated-the-nations-only-tropical-rain-forest/?utm_term=.a40fa63d934d

 

Debt-Ridden, Maria-Menaced Puerto Rico Faces Environmental Crisis

By Adam Allington and David Schultz, Sept. 27, Bloomberg BNA

https://www.bna.com/debtridden-mariamenaced-puerto-n73014470164/

 

The Only Tropical Rainforest in the National Forest System Was Devastated By Hurricane Maria

By Maddie Stone, Sept. 27, Earther.com

https://earther.com/americas-only-tropical-rainforest-was-devastated-by-hur-1818827517?rev=1506539053092

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