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Basic and Applied Ecological Research

The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, a research unit of the University of Georgia, pursues basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization, from atoms to ecosystems.

SREL is located near Aiken, S.C., on the Savannah River Site, a Department of Energy facility, and the first national environmental research park. The lab’s research extends beyond the site to regional and global projects. To date, the lab has more than 3,000 peer-reviewed publications.

Graduate student examines wild turkeys for signs of contamination

Cody Tisdale holding an adult male turkey, known as a tom, after placing a remote tracker on the bird. Photographer, Lexington Belyeu

Meet Cody Tisdale, a graduate student at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. Although pig and lamb are the focus of spring palates, Tisdale has his sights on turkeys this season.