Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory is a research unit of the University of Georgia located on the Savannah River Site near Aiken, SC. Upcoming Seminars » The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory is a research unit of the University of Georgia located on the Savannah River Site, a Department of Energy facility near Aiken, SC.
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The laboratory pursues basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization, from atoms to ecosystems. SREL also provides opportunities for graduate and undergraduate research training, and service to the community through environmental outreach. Throughout its 65-plus year history SREL has strived to acquire and communicate knowledge that contributes to sound ecological stewardship.

Mission: To provide an independent evaluation of the ecological effects of Savannah River Site operations through a program of ecological research, education, and outreach.

Operating as usual

Congratulations to Marshall Shepherd on his election to the National Academy of Engineering. Shepherd is the Georgia Ath...
02/11/2021
A Spouse’s Guide To The National Academies Of Sciences, Engineering And Medicine

Congratulations to Marshall Shepherd on his election to the National Academy of Engineering. Shepherd is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia.

The National Academy of Engineering announced its 2021 class. What are the National Academies anyhow?

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to see our best and brightest present their research today and tomorrow at the Od...
02/05/2021

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to see our best and brightest present their research today and tomorrow at the Odum School of Ecology's Graduate Student Symposium. Presenters include SREL's Christopher Smaga, Kristin Zemaitis, Laura Kojima, and Emily Bertucci:https://t.uga.edu/3tE.

Ecology GSS is here! GSS features oral presentations (Fri. 2/5 from 10 AM-3:45 PM and Sat. 2/6 10-11:40 AM), undergraduate posters (Fri. 4-5:30 PM) and a concluding keynote address, “Life in Flowing Water,” by Ethell Vereen, PhD ’10 (Sat. 12-1 PM.) Register here: bit.ly/GSS2021Registration (good for both days!)

We introduced you to Georgia earlier in the month. Here’s the scoop on her teammates Cedar and Tree Bark. They are male,...
01/31/2021

We introduced you to Georgia earlier in the month. Here’s the scoop on her teammates Cedar and Tree Bark. They are male, eastern screech owls. Like Georgia, Cedar and Tree Bark were well cared for at the American Wildlife Refuge before they joined us.

Based on his color, Tree Bark is known as a gray morph. Unfortunately, he’s suffered a retinal detachment in his right eye. Cedar, a red morph, had his left eye removed due to an unknown trauma.

They can fly. However, it’s not wise nor safe for them to do so. They’ll be safe at SREL and serve as wise educators in our outreach program.

Congratulations to the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts! The center recently received a huge grant from the Andrew...
01/19/2021
Willson Center receives $1M Mellon Foundation grant

Congratulations to the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts! The center recently received a huge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will develop a collaboration with the Penn Center.
The center is known for its exemplary focus on the rich history of African-American culture.

The Willson Center is one of our sister centers under UGA Research. Keep an eye on this partnership. Great things happen when Georgia and South Carolina come together.

Award funds community engagement in Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.

On this day, we too honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his legacy and his dream.
01/18/2021

On this day, we too honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his legacy and his dream.

Today we honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

01/14/2021
University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

The wise words that James Martin offered to the Class of 2020 in this video are wise words for us all. Martin is an associate professor at Warnell and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. His dog is icing on the cake.

If only all of Dr. Martin's classes could be taught alongside a dog, right? Here, in about 3 minutes, he shares some sage advice for our fall 2020 graduates.

Congratulations to all our students who persevered and made it through the fall semester—we're so proud of you!

Photo by Don Wuori
01/14/2021

Photo by Don Wuori

Curious about what happens at the Savannah River Site? Get on the bus and take the tour.
01/12/2021
Get on the Bus - Savannah River Site Virtual Tour

Curious about what happens at the Savannah River Site? Get on the bus and take the tour.

A look beyond the barricades through a virtual tour of the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site.

01/09/2021
University of Georgia

Today we salute the pioneering work of Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Hamilton Holmes, and Mary Frances Early; we commit to being a part of a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive community.

On January 9, 1961, two courageous students, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, took heroic steps on the University of Georgia’s campus to enroll as students and forever transform UGA. desegregation.uga.edu

*Some footage was filmed prior to March 2020

Happy New Year! We promised the scoop on our new outreach team members. Fittingly, we’re going to start with Georgia, th...
01/05/2021

Happy New Year!

We promised the scoop on our new outreach team members. Fittingly, we’re going to start with Georgia, the red-tailed hawk. We had to have a Georgia girl on our team! She was rescued from an unknown location in the state during the early stages of the pandemic after suffering an injury to her left wing. As a result, Georgia can't be released. She was treated at the American Wildlife Refuge, a rehabilitation facility in Raleigh North Carolina. We are grateful to Sean Poppy, our outreach coordinator, who traveled to Fayetteville to get Georgia and her two new teammates.

Animal caretaker, Amanda Hurst, reports Georgia has adjusted well to her enclosure and her caretakers.
We know great educational lessons are coming in the future with Georgia.

12/31/2020
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory's cover photo
12/16/2020

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory's cover photo

It’s no surprise that James Beasley’s study on wildlife thriving in Fukushima made the University of Georgia's list of t...
12/16/2020
Top @UGAResearch stories of 2020 - UGA Research News

It’s no surprise that James Beasley’s study on wildlife thriving in Fukushima made the University of Georgia's list of top research stories for 2020. SREL’s research is committed to making an impact in our region and around the world.

2020—what a year! From conducting groundbreaking COVID-19 research and launching into space to addressing plastic waste pollution and documenting thriving animal life in Fukushima, it’s been a tireless and productive year for UGA research. As we welcome a new year, here’s a look back at the to...

If you live in Georgia, shop or travel to Georgia, please answer our colleagues and Wildlife Resources Division - Georgi...
12/11/2020
Ga. Researchers Ask For Help Watching For Monarch Butterflies This Winter | 90.1 FM WABE

If you live in Georgia, shop or travel to Georgia, please answer our colleagues and Wildlife Resources Division - Georgia DNR's call to help count monarch butterflies in the state.

Monarch butterflies, the striking orange and black insects known for their long migrations, usually pass through Georgia in the spring and fall. But some seem are staying here in the winter, instead of going all the way to Mexico, so Georgia wildlife scientists are asking for the public's help count...

A study conducted by the Odum School of Ecology used a model to show human-altered landscapes can potentially contribute...
12/10/2020
Toxic pollutants can impact wildlife disease spread - UGA Today

A study conducted by the Odum School of Ecology used a model to show human-altered landscapes can potentially contribute to a negative cycle of events that have the potential to impact human health.

The Odum School is named after SREL's founder, the late Dr. Eugene Odum.

Research findings have implications for human health, wildlife conservation.

The valuable work of biochemists is often hidden from view. SREL’s Xiaoyu Xu bring us a recently published study about D...
11/30/2020
Scientist advises caution before using advanced aquatic monitoring tool - UGA Research News

The valuable work of biochemists is often hidden from view. SREL’s Xiaoyu Xu bring us a recently published study about DGTs; how they serve as an advanced monitoring tool and when the device is most effective.

Research from scientists at the University of Georgia revealed that changes in the environment can alter the reliability of a tool widely used to monitor heavy metal contamination in aquatic systems. Diffusive gradients in thin film, known as DGT, has been viewed as an advanced, reliable tool for ne...

11/25/2020
CBS Sunday Morning

We've been saving this one for you. This guy struts his stuff in protest of your fowl (yep there is a pun in there) dinner plans for tomorrow. He obviously knows what’s coming. If you're having ham, we guess you can feel safe.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, stay safe, and try to enjoy the meal.

COLD TURKEY
A Tom turkey has been aggressively harassing residents on Westminster Street in Hyde Park, Boston. When the TV crew approached, the turkey turned its attention and anger toward WBZ | CBS Boston affiliate reporter Bill Shields.

A shout out to the students and teachers of Oakwood-Windsor Elementary. It's hard to believe it was one year ago today t...
11/20/2020
Ecologist for a Day - SREL

A shout out to the students and teachers of Oakwood-Windsor Elementary. It's hard to believe it was one year ago today that we had the privilege of hosting these eager learners. We are thankful for so many in the CSRA that we've had the opportunity to educate through our Ecologist for a Day program, and we look forward to eventually returning to outdoor group learning when it's safe to do so: https://t.uga.edu/3MX

Stay safe, stay smart, and look forward to the future!

The goal of the “Ecologist for a Day” outreach program is to enhance environmental awareness and appreciation for elementary, middle, and high school-age students and encourage them to consider careers in the sciences.

Can you guess who captured this image that tells an intriguing  story? Find out tonight and celebrate the winners and fi...
11/19/2020

Can you guess who captured this image that tells an intriguing story? Find out tonight and celebrate the winners and finalists of the Savannah River Site's Snap 2020 visual art contest. If you go, remember to wear your mask and stay six feet apart from other attendees.

What: SRS 70th Anniversary Exhibition Reception
When: Opening reception is 5-8 p.m. tonight; exhibit runs through January 3rd
Where: The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta

Jason Mark, writer for the Sierra Magazine, recommends a good read to those of us who often wish we had a bird's eye vie...
11/10/2020
A Bird's-Eye View of the More-Than-Human World

Jason Mark, writer for the Sierra Magazine, recommends a good read to those of us who often wish we had a bird's eye view and understand the responsibility of environmental stewardship.

Helen Macdonald reflects on breaking free in Vesper Flights

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory's cover photo
11/09/2020

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory's cover photo

A shout out to eShe for their fabulous feature on SREL and University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural ...
11/06/2020
eShe November 2020

A shout out to eShe for their fabulous feature on SREL and University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources's graduate student Emma Browning. Thanks to Emma's advisor Tracey Tuberville for putting us in the know: https://t.uga.edu/3tE.

Phenomenally successful author Preeti Shenoy is on our cover this month and inside are millennial techpreneurs leading mobile banking or EdTech startups in India and the US. Plus a report on how women in India's villages are coping with the pandemic and a special feature on couples who tied the knot...

Holly DeVault educates us about butterflies and the amazing changes they go through before they become the beautiful fly...
11/05/2020
Eco Bite : Butterflies

Holly DeVault educates us about butterflies and the amazing changes they go through before they become the beautiful flying insects that we see.

Learn about butterflies you can find in your own backyard. https://srel.uga.edu/ #ugasrel #srel

In a recent study, Tracey Tuberville brings us good news that the vulnerable gopher tortoise is doing well on Saint Cath...
11/02/2020
Tortoise relocation proves to be effective for conservation

In a recent study, Tracey Tuberville brings us good news that the vulnerable gopher tortoise is doing well on Saint Catherines Island in Georgia. Find out more about the conservation technique that began decades ago that has made a significant difference.
In addition to being a senior research scientist at SREL,
Tuberville is an adjunct faculty at University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Barrier island provides safe haven for first long-term study of relocation.

Invasive species seem to dominate the news lately, and this colorful guy, the Joro spider, is no exception to the occurr...
10/27/2020

Invasive species seem to dominate the news lately, and this colorful guy, the Joro spider, is no exception to the occurrence. The good news, apparently they’re great for getting rid of the stink. You’ll have to read the story to get caught up on that one. You don’t have too far to drive to see the spider: https://t.uga.edu/6rM.

Photo: Jeremy Howell

As National Nuclear Science Week ends and the night sky comes into view, we wanted to share this image, Atom and Eve, an...
10/23/2020

As National Nuclear Science Week ends and the night sky comes into view, we wanted to share this image, Atom and Eve, and what inspired the photographer Pacifico Perea to capture the image.

The evening sky silhouettes the Atom sculpture outside the Savannah River Site Museum. The museum chronicles the history and development of the Savannah River Plant (now SRS) from the time of the 1950s Cold War to the present. The important nuclear research done at the SRS not only helped the U.S. win the Cold War but continues to ensure the safety and security of our country today.

A shout out to Campbell Vaughn for his column yesterday! He covered so much ground in the article, including SREL’s role...
10/23/2020
Campbell Vaughn: Curious critters can be identified

A shout out to Campbell Vaughn for his column yesterday! He covered so much ground in the article, including SREL’s role at the Savannah River Site. It was particularly noteworthy to mention this part of our story during Nuclear Science Week. Thanks Campbell at UGA Extension.

People send lots of pictures to the office for me to identify. Usually it is a weed, bug (no murder hornets yet), a sick plant or just wondering what kind

Beware! Don’t be fooled by this little stinger that can masquerade as a fussy hairball or look like autumn lure.
10/21/2020
Venomous, hairy caterpillar reported in Ga. and SC

Beware! Don’t be fooled by this little stinger that can masquerade as a fussy hairball or look like autumn lure.

One of the most venomous caterpillars in the country has started making some local appearances.

It’s National Nuclear Science Week. The week is defined as a time to focus local, regional, national and international i...
10/19/2020
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It’s National Nuclear Science Week. The week is defined as a time to focus local, regional, national and international interest on all aspects of nuclear science. Check out Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA)'s insert for NNSW in yesterday’s Aiken Standard. Our director Olin “Gene” Rhodes explained the dire need to reconnect ecosystem science to radiation protection programs. Find out why it matters.

STEM education continues to thrive as the 2020 SEED event goes virtual. We're an exhibiting participant, so register and...
10/08/2020
USC Aiken's annual STEM event goes virtual with weeklong activities

STEM education continues to thrive as the 2020 SEED event goes virtual. We're an exhibiting participant, so register and join us for this free and enriching, educational experience.

The 35th annual Science Education Enrichment Day at USC Aiken is going virtual this year.

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10/06/2020

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory's cover photo

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Good evening! Can you tell me if you will be able to have the Touch an Animal Day this year?
I have been hearing the same thing from many gardeners this year across the CSRA, where have the all the green anoles gone? Have you been seeing the same in other areas of GA? Any ideas why numbers are so low this year? We are use to seeing them in large numbers in this area, always battling it out for privacy fence dominance.
Is it possible to have Mediterranean Gecko in Southern Nevada? I have photos but cannot seem to attach.
The most amazing field trip we have ever had, thank you so much! My kids had such a wonderful time!
Great idea to start this page!