Research Projects in the Department of Environmental Sciences


ENVS Research World Map See ENVS research around the world!

Berry Brosi:

Sponsored Research:

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

Additional Research:

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.

Shaunna Donaher

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.

Thomas Gillespie:

Sponsored Research

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.

Lance Gunderson:

Sponsored Research:

Adaptive Governance of Regional Social-Ecological Systems, NSF/SESYNC

Additional Research: 

Adaptive management and adaptive governance of large scale ecosystems

Management applications of discontinuity theory, Transformative environmental governance, Ecosystem services and adaptive management.

Uriel Kitron:

Sponsored Research

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.

Additional Research

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

Sponsored Research

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.

Additional Research 

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.

Eri Saikawa

Sponsored Research

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

Additional Research

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.

Bill Size

Sponsored Research

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)

Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec

Sponsored Research 

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?

Tracy Yandle

Sponsored Research

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.

Additional Research

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