Research Projects in the Department of Environmental Sciences
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Pollinator diversity and foraging specialization, sponsored by the National Science Foundation
Managing Varroa virulence in honey bees, sponsored by separate grants from the US National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Agriculture
Methodology development for DNA barcoding of pollen, sponsored by two grants from the US Army Research Office
Effects of biofuel cultivation in the southeast US on wildlife and pollinators, sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture
The effects of pesticides on pollinator foraging behavior
The effects on plant pollination of pollinator species losses
The effects of experimental species losses on pollination network structure and functioning
The effects of typical honey bee management practices on social immunity mechanisms (i.e. non-immunological defenses) in honey bees.
We study the atmospheric boundary layer using observational data to determine how contact with the ground influences atmospheric processes. This includes wind shear, turbulence, vertical mixing, and rapid heating or cooling. Using real-time and archived data we can understand the impacts of weather events on our local community and look at long-term trends of these impacts.
The ecology and epidemiology of enteric pathogens in wildlife, people, and livestock; Gates Foundation, Jim and Robin Herrnstein Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, CDC
Effects of anthropogenic disturbance on patterns of parasitism in wildlife; US Fish & Wildlife, Maggioncalda Foundation, National Geographic, Wildlife Conservation Society
Wildlife vector-pathogen dynamics; NSF, NIH, European Union, CDC
Goal of the Gillespie Lab
To determine how and why anthropogenic changes to tropical forests place people and wildlife in such ecosystems at increased risk of pathogen exchange. The central hypothesis of this work is that key human behaviors, wildlife behaviors, ecological conditions, and landscape features increase the risks of interspecific disease transmission. This effort entails a combination of epidemiology, molecular ecology, behavioral ecology, social and clinical survey, and spatially explicit modeling. The ultimate products are implementable plans for protecting human and wildlife health, while simultaneously ensuring the sustainability of the ecosystems within which they live.
Adaptive Governance of Regional Social-Ecological Systems, NSF/SESYNC
Adaptive management and adaptive governance of large scale ecosystems
Management applications of discontinuity theory, Transformative environmental governance, Ecosystem services and adaptive management.
Quantifying Heterogeneities in Dengue Virus Transmission Dynamics. NIH. With Gonzalo Vazquez-Propkopec, ENVS
The Burden of Chikungunya and Dengue Transmission, Infection and Disease in Kenya. NIH.
Climate variability, Pastoralism, and Commodity Chains in Ethiopia and Kenya. USAID Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate (with Peter Little, Anthropology).
Dengue and Chikungunya virus transmission In Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Brazil Science without Border Program.
The eco-epidemiology of West Nile virus emergence and transmission in urban areas, including a local study in the Atlanta area (with Gonzalo Vazquez Prokopec)
With Jeff Lesser (History) we are initiating an interdisciplinary study titled: “Metropolis, Migration and Mosquitoes: Historicizing Health Outcomes in São Paulo, Brazil.”
Anthony J. Martin
Late Cretaceous trace fossils of the Two Medicine Formation, Montana; supported by NSF grant at Montana State University and Museum of the Rockies.
Early Cretaceous trace fossils of the Glen Rose Formation, Texas; supported by National Geographic Research and Exploration Grant at IUP-Ft. Wayne.
Early Cretaceous trace fossils of Victoria, Australia; cooperative research with Museum Victoria and Monash University (Victoria, Australia).
GIS mapping and analysis of vertebrate burrows (gopher tortoises and alligators) on St. Catherines Island, Georgia; cooperative research with Michael Page, Department of Environmental Sciences.
Ediacaran trace fossils of the Albemarle Group, North Carolina; cooperative research with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Paleozoic trace fossils of Georgia-Alabama.
Pleistocene-Holocene trace fossils of San Salvador Island, Bahamas.
An Integrated Assessment of Emissions, Air Quality, Economic, and Health Impacts of Transport Policies in China, sponsored by the Energy Foundation
Evaluating the relative importance of direct and indirect agricultural N2O emissions over the United States using forward modeling and atmospheric N2O and river nutrient data, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Assessing the terrestrial and atmospheric nitrogen cycle: Implications for atmospheric chemistry and climate, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Collaborative Research: Measurements of Selected Combustion Emissions in Nepal and Bhutan Integrated with Source Apportionment and Chemical Transport Modeling for South Asia, sponsored by the National Science Foundation
We conduct research related to the source, magnitude, and the impacts of emissions linked to air pollution, ozone depletion and climate change, as well as policy measures to reduce these emissions. Our current projects are:
Estimating past, present, and future global soil nitrous oxide emissions
Comparing various emissions inventories in Asia
Assessing what drives the seasonal and inter-annual variability of nitrous oxide emissions/mixing ratio
Quantifying the impacts of different emission sources on Asian air quality and health
analyzing indoor air quality in Tibet.
Geologic and Geomorphologic underpinnings of Architectural Innovation in the sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace". University Research Committee, National Geographic Society (pending).
The ultramafic-dioritic layered Riwaka Complex, New Zealand. Funded by GNS Science (formerly the Institute for Geologic and Nuclear Science, New Zealand)
Qunatifying heterogeneity in dengue transmission dynamics and control. NIH
The eco-evolutionary dynamics of insecticide resistance in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Ministry of Education of Mexico and Emory Global Health Institute.
Urban Ecology of West Nile Virus in Atlanta, GA. Emory Global Health Institute.
Macro-ecology of Infectious Diseases. NSF and NIH
Goal of theVazquez-Prokopec Lab
Our research focuses on four major vector-borne diseases of global health importance (Chagas disease, West Nile virus, dengue virus and malaria) and aims to answer the following questions:
How spatial heterogeneity and land-use patterns in urban and rural ecosystems determine patterns of vector distribution and pathogen transmission?
What is the contribution of host and vector movement to the dynamics of pathogen transmission?
By identifying how vector borne diseases are distributed and maintained, how can we develop improved vector control and surveillance strategies?
Linking Georgia Seafood to Atlanta Consumers: Understanding the social and economic barriers to Georgia commercial fishing reaching the inland markets of Atlanta and Athens. Funded by Georgia Sea Grant.
Whatever Happened to the Wreckfish Fishery? An institutional analysis of the oldest ITQ fishery management program in the United States
Regulatory Decision-Making: A data-driven analysis of regulatory priorities in Federal fisheries management
“Friending” the National Parks: Where Nonprofits Help to Conserve Public Resources
Property Rights of Street Art: The strange tale of the Krog Tunnel “buffing” protest.
Undergraduate Student Research: Ongoing and past research projects