Mandy Joye elected AGU Fellow

Mandy Joye was elected a 2017 AGU Fellow, an honor given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and gained prominence in their respective fields of Earth and space sciences. Samantha Joye has always contributed so much to the department, and it's amazing to watch all of the exciting things she can accomplish- congratulations, Mandy!

This news has also made the UGA Today page! Read it here.

Grad Student wins 1st Place for poster at 2017 Metabolic Pathway Analysis Meeting

Xiaojia He won 1st place for his poster entitled "Inferring the mechanism of anaerobic oxidation of methane using reactive transport modeling" at the Metabolic Pathway Analysis 2017 Meeting in Bozeman, MT. MPA 2017 focused on computational approaches to decode biological principles found in ‘omics’ data sets and spanned the gamut of fundamental and applied biology including biofuels, photosynthesis, multicellular systems, environmental nutrient cycles, and human health.

Featured Student: IAN ADAMS

I grew up in a chemistry lab here on campus. With both of my parents being professors (one of Physics and the other of Chemistry) I was set on a scientific path from an early age. I was always taught to have a high appreciation for inquisitiveness and finding out answers on my own, so the move into science and research has always been my primary goal. When I went to college at Birmingham-Southern, a small liberal arts institution in Alabama, I focused into physics.

Featured Student: COURTNEY THOMAS

Courtney and the sunset.

I am from a small town in Missouri, and have always had a healthy curiosity about the world around me. I developed an interest in biology during high school, and went on to receive a B.S. in marine biology from Northwest Missouri State University in 2015. During my time there, I worked with a professor studying aquatic microbial communities. This experience along with my background studying larger marine organisms led me to seek out a degree that would allow me to study the way that marine bacteria impact eukaryotic marine life.

Former Hollibaugh Lab Intern Moves on to University of Oregon’s SPUR Program

Ms. Aimee Oyinlade Oyekan, a UGA Biology major shown here with Professor Hollibaugh, graduated this spring and is now an intern at the University of Oregon’s SPUR program (  Ms. Oyekan worked as a student intern in Dr. Hollibaugh’s laboratory during spring semester 2017 on an NSF-funded project to understand the biology of a group of single-celled microbes (Thaumarchaeota) and nitrogen cycling on the Georgia coast.  Ms. Oyekan intends to pursue a graduate degree in environmental studies.

Professor Hollibaugh studies Mono Lake, California

Professor Hollibaugh recently went on a trip to sample arsenic metabolizing microbes in Mono Lake, California.  Mono Lake contains large concentrations (200 mM total arsenic) as a result of geothermal activity in the watershed.  Arsenic has accumulated in the lake since the end of the ice age when evaporation of water from the lake exceeded the sum of fresh water inputs.  Arsenic redox reactions now play a significant role in the net ecosystem metabolism of the lake and in the microbial geochemistry of the lake, as described in a recent publication from Prof Hollibaugh’s laboratory.


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