Rhodes, Olin E. Jr. (Gene)

Director, SREL
Professor, Odum School of Ecology
Website  | rhodes@srel.uga.edu

Wildlife ecology and genetics, including the application of genetic tools to issues in wildlife management and conservation; disease ecology; molecular genetics as a tool for examining wildlife behavior and population structure; sustainability of wildlife species in human-dominated landscapes and resolution of human-wildlife conflicts


DeVault, Travis L.

Associate Director for Research, SREL
Senior Research Scientist, SREL

Wildlife ecology, conservation, and behavior, including field and laboratory based studies investigating the causes and consequences of animal-vehicle collisions; development of tools and mitigation strategies to reduce animal vehicle-collisions; human-wildlife interactions and wildlife damage management; ornithology; scavenging ecology

Faculty & Scientists

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Abrams, Jesse

Assistant Professor, SREL
Assistant Professor, Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability; Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Website |Jesse.Abrams@uga.edu

Natural resource policy and governance; social dimensions of natural resource management; sustainable development; rural community dynamics


Aubrey, Doug

Associate Professor, SREL
Associate Professor, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Website | daubrey@srel.uga.edu

Carbon, water, and nitrogen cycling in forests; sustainability of intensively managed bioenergy production systems; fundamental controls on forest productivity; linkages between carbon assimilation, storage, and respiration; disturbance effects on ecosystem dynamics


Beasley, James

Associate Professor, SREL
Associate Professor, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Website | beasley@srel.uga.edu

Wildlife ecology and management, movement behavior and population dynamics of carnivores, effects of habitat fragmentation and anthropogenic land use on wildlife, mesopredator ecology, management of infectious diseases, scavenging ecology


Bier, Raven

Assistant Research Scientist, SREL

Website |rbier@uga.edu

Microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of freshwaters, wetlands, and uplands; terrestrial-aquatic linkages; microbial community structure and function responses to environmental disturbances; bioremediation

Krista Capps

Capps, Krista A.

Assistant Professor, SREL
Assistant Professor, Odum School of Ecology
Website | kcapps@uga.edu

Research interests: freshwater ecology, tropical ecology, urban ecology, biogeochemistry, and coupled natural and human systems

Guha Dharmarajan

Dharmarajan, Guha 

Assistant Research Scientist, SREL
Website |guha@uga.edu

Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of disease in natural populations

Stacy Lance

Lance, Stacey

Senior Research Scientist, SREL
Adjunct Faculty, Odum School of Ecology
Website | lance@srel.uga.edu

Local scale processes and their combined effects on maintenance and distribution of genetic diversity within and among populations; genetics of endangered species, reintroductions, and translocation; effects of environmental contaminant exposure on interplay of behavior, ecology, and population genetics; marker development

James Martin

Martin, James A.

Associate Professor, SREL
Associate Professor, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Wildlife ecology and management, game management, non-game and endangered species, wildlife and forest management, wildlife damage, and wildlife population dynamics, conservation, and avian ecology

Benjamin Parrott

Parrott, Benjamin B.

Assistant Professor, SREL
Assistant Professor, Odum School of Ecology
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Research utilizes wildlife models along with human studies to investigate environmental and ecological influences on sex determination, sexual development, reproductive health, and aging; focusing on how contaminants that interfere with the endocrine system act during critical developmental windows to affect later health trajectories

John Seaman

Seaman, John

Senior Research Scientist, SREL
Research Professor of Biogeochemistry
Adjunct Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences

Website | seaman@srel.uga.edu

Land application of animal waste and coal combustion by-products; solute/contaminant transport modeling; reclamation of Cr(VI) contaminated aquifers and soils; in situ immobilization; physicochemical factors controlling heavy metal and radionuclide adsorption/migration

Tracy Tuberville

Tuberville, Tracey

Senior Research Scientist, SREL
Adjunct Faculty, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Website | tubervil@srel.uga.edu

Conservation and management of reptile and amphibian populations; translocation and reintroduction; genetics as a tool to understanding individual behavior and population dynamics, and landscape processes

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Xu, Xiaoyu

Assistant Research Scientist, SREL
Website | xiaoyuxu@uga.edu

Research interests include ecotoxicology; biogeochemistry and analytical chemistries of metals; toxic effects of contaminants on individuals and populations; molecular toxicity; human/ecological exposure and risk assessment; source tracking and fate of mercury in aquatic and terrestrial systems

Emeritus Faculty

Domy Adriano

Adriano, Domy

Senior Research Scientist Emeritus, SREL
Professor of Environmental Soil Chemistry and Biogeochemistry (Emeritus), UGA

Biogeochemistry of trace metals, source term – bioavailability – risk relationships, risk reduction and management in contaminated sites, waste minimization and recycling, natural attenuation

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Brisbin, I. Lehr

Senior Research Ecologist Emeritus, SREL

Vertebrate ecology, radioecology, ecotoxicology, animal behavior, canine olfaction, fate and effects of nuclear and non-nuclear contaminants, fish and game as vectors of human contamination


Congdon, Justin

Senior Research Ecologist Emeritus , SREL

Physiological ecology and ecotoxicology of herpetofauna, effects of coal fly ash waste on aquatic and semi-aquatic organisms


Gibbons, J. Whitfield

Senior Research Ecologist Emeritus, SREL
Professor of Ecology Emeritus, Odum School of Ecology, UGA

Population dynamics and ecology of aquatic and semiaquatic vertebrates; factors affecting abundance and distribution of herpetofauna; application of basic population research to wetland conservation and environmental impact assessment

McLeod, Kenneth

Senior Research Ecologist Emeritus, SREL

Plant physiological ecology, ecological restoration of bottomland and swamp forests, physiological responses of tree species to environmental stress, effects of land management on structure and function of southeastern forests, phytoremediation potential of woody plants

Postdoctoral Research Associates


 Dias Ferreira, Gabriel William

Post-doctoral Research Associate, SREL

Investigating carbon and nutrient cycling in forests, forest ecology, management and sustainability, silviculture, biomass production, soil biogeochemistry, and soil carbon storage


Elhaj Baddar, Zeinah

Post-doctoral Research Associate, SREL

Investigating biogeochemistry of metals in the sediment and water of constructed wetlands; fate and transport of trace metals and contaminants; interaction of metals with soil and natural organic matter, and how that affects their bioavailability in the environment


 Hill, Jacob

Post-doctoral Research Associate, SREL

Investigating mesopredator population and spatial ecology; developing effective rabies vaccination programs for mesopredators in the Southeast


Qin, Chongyang

Post-doctoral Research Associate, SREL

Investigating biogeochemistry of heavy metals in the sediment and water; searching the fate and transport of mercury in ecosystems by mercury stable isotope methods