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

A shout out to the students and teachers of Oakwood-Windsor Elementary. It's hard to believe its was one year ago today ...
11/20/2020

A shout out to the students and teachers of Oakwood-Windsor Elementary. It's hard to believe its 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!

Our outreach team hosted Mrs. Ferguson’s fourth-grade class from Oakwood-Windsor Elementary School today. Sean Poppy and Amanda Hurst turned the students into “Ecologist for a Day."

This inquisitive and well-behaved group learned about the Sandhills, Bottomland Hardwoods, and the fauna and flora that can be found in these habitats: https://t.uga.edu/3MX.

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...

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.

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory's cover photo
10/06/2020

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory's cover photo

10/06/2020
SREL Eco Bite : Alligators

Amanda Hurst, SREL's animal caretaker, shares everything you want to know about alligators (from a distance) in this video.

Learn about alligators, including our resident adults - Stumpy and Kiawah. https://srel.uga.edu/ #ugasrel #srel

The SRS Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Take the opportunity to learn more about the  history of th...
10/02/2020

The SRS Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Take the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Savannah River Site through this treasured map.

You can also learn more about SREL and the U.S. Forest Service-Savannah River while you're there. There is so much more to see! Remember to wear your mask and to practice social distancing.

Before Mapquest or Google Maps, there was such a thing as paper maps like these! This 1957 map is on loan from the U.S. Forest Service, and was used during the early construction years of the SRP to navigate the site. If you look closely, you’ll see red and blue pen marks that show handwritten road names, streams, and other landmarks used by the foresters still to this day. It is the only map from the 1950s known to still exist. Talk about finding a lost treasure map!

For more information about ecological footprints and mapping, or to see this artifact in person, visit the Savannah River Site Museum during our visiting hours! This week's artifact highlight brought to you by GA Southern student intern, Jessica Forsee.

09/29/2020
SREL staffer photo helps tell history of Savannah River Site - UGA Research News

In case you haven’t heard the news, staff at SREL were big winners for the second year in a row in the Savannah River Site's "A compelling place to work” visual art contest. Congratulations to Sean Poppy who placed in the top ten. Find out who our other winners are, give them a shout out, and make a plan to visit the exhibit.

 Ecology | September 29, 2020September 28, 2020 SREL staffer photo helps tell history of Savannah River Site By Michael Terrazas Photography By Sean Poppy Open Image This year the Savannah River Site is celebrating 70 years of operation in South Carolina just across the Savannah River from August...

Have you wondered what determines lifespan? SREL and Odum School of Ecology's Emily Bertucci and Benjamin Parrott share ...
09/08/2020
Researchers offer insights into aging - UGA Today

Have you wondered what determines lifespan? SREL and Odum School of Ecology's Emily Bertucci and Benjamin Parrott share their insights based on previous research in the field of epigenetics. Learn about epigenetics and more in their recent study.

UGA scientists have presented a strong case that the mechanism lies at the intersection of the genome and epigenome.

09/06/2020
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09/05/2020
Happy belated birthday #FranktheGator! Sorry we're a little late, but we know you're still celebrating "cause Ain't no p...
09/03/2020

Happy belated birthday #FranktheGator! Sorry we're a little late, but we know you're still celebrating "cause Ain't no party like" a gator party...Please tell your guests to stay more than six feet apart.

We appreciate your hard work as an outreach ambassador.

Join us in wishing #FranktheGator a happy 3rd birthday! Frank works with us at the UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant in Brunswick. You can tell from his party pics that he is the best American alligator educational ambassador! We celebrated with a pool party, a pinky mouse and some new enrichment items, one of which Frank decided to carry around in his mouth! Frank is named after the late Dr. Frank Golley, who was an influential professor at the Odum School of Ecology and an undergraduate mentor of Kimberly Andrews. Dr. Golley also served as the director of the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, which is where alligator Frank was born in captivity.

Thank you, Frank, for your charming ways and teaching so many people to love alligators, and Happy Birthday!!

09/01/2020
SREL Eco Bite : Rat Snakes

You can get a lot of knowledge out of this Eco Bite about rat snakes. Pardon the pun and have some educational fun with Amanda Hurst. She shares everything you should know about the species. We're sure you will love the virtual distance.

Learn about rat snakes, a beneficial part of our natural pest control. https://srel.uga.edu

A wonderful article written by our colleagues at University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources ...
08/29/2020
Warnell deer researchers see face coverings differently - UGA Today

A wonderful article written by our colleagues at University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources sheds light on the protection masks provide to wildlife during data collection in the field.

SREL and Warnell's Dr.James Beasley said his research team also uses the coverings to calm wildlife while they collect needed data. We've shared a few photos of his team using the practice on a coyote, wolf, turkey, and vulture.

We had to share this innovative partnership between the Animal Research Center and the Complex Carbohydrate Research Cen...
08/24/2020
UGA now poised to better fight infectious diseases

We had to share this innovative partnership between the Animal Research Center and the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center.The CCRC falls under the Office of UGA Research.This partnership is indeed poised to accomplish much in the fight against infectious diseases.

Sophisticated mass spectrometer moved into biocontainment facility.

In his recently published study Jesse C. Thomas, IV, an alumnus of the SREL and the UGA College of Public Health, alerts...
08/19/2020
Analysis finds environmental link to antibiotic resistance

In his recently published study Jesse C. Thomas, IV, an alumnus of the SREL and the UGA College of Public Health, alerts us to an unknown cause of antibiotic resistance: heavy metal pollution. Kudos to Jesse on his research!

Photo: Jesse, center, co-authors Travis Glenn on the far left and Troy Kieran on the far right accompanied by members of their lab team at the College of Public Health (photo taken prior to COVID-19).

08/12/2020
1430 WNAV

Travis DeVault, SREL’s associate director, recently spoke to WNAV in Maryland about his previous research with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Program investigating a new lighting system that reduces deer-vehicle collisions.

Collisions involving deer and vehicles are an ongoing and costly problem in terms of lives lost (humans and deer), as well money spent on repairs or replacement of vehicles.

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services Program have invented a device, which has been tested and shown to reduce the number of interactions between deer and vehicles. They've applied for a patent too, so what happens next? What led to the invention was research on bird and aircraft collisions - another big safety issue.

In this 1430 Connection, WNAV's Donna Cole interviews Travis DeVault (former National Widlife Research Center researcher/currently associate director of the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory) and John Eisemann (Wildlife Services-NWRC Technology Transfer Program Manager) about this new device, their research, the patent process and the opportunity this creates for the private sector to manufacturer and market it.

Thank you Savannah River Site! We are proud to be be your partners in environmental stewardship.
08/07/2020

Thank you Savannah River Site! We are proud to be be your partners in environmental stewardship.

Ecology at Savannah River, 1954
A baseline survey of Savannah River’s biological diversity was conducted by The Academy of Natural Sciences before reactor operation began. Additional ecological studies were occurring at the time, including an inventory by the University of Georgia who would stay on to continue research and eventually manage the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. #TBT #70YearsOfService

Walt Joseph, who spearheaded the Savannah River Site Museum, takes us through history to share what brought about what i...
08/06/2020
Dawn of the Atomic Age set the stage for Savannah River Site's construction

Walt Joseph, who spearheaded the Savannah River Site Museum, takes us through history to share what brought about what is now known as the Savannah River Site.

SREL is proud to be a part of the site's history.

The summer of 1945 brought the dawn of the Atomic Age to a world made weary by global conflict.

07/30/2020
Mystery seeds from China are landing in Americans' mailboxes

The mysterious seeds have been distributed all over the country. We'll update you as we find out more.

U.S. agriculture officials are warning residents not to plant or even touch the unsolicited seeds, which have now been found in all 50 states.

07/27/2020
SREL Eco Bite : Cicadas & Cicada Killers

Did you know that you can enhance your ecological knowledge and vocabulary by following SREL’s Sean Poppy and Amanda Hurst on SREL’s YouTube channel? Get started by watching Amanda’s most recent episode on Cicadas.

Learn about cicadas, the drummers of summer. https://srel.uga.edu

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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!