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  • Locations: Albany, GA, United States; Apalachicola, FL, United States; Athens, GA, United States; Atlanta, GA, United States; Columbia, AL, United States; Columbus, GA, United States; Helen, GA, United States; Lake Seminole, FL, United States; Tallahassee, FL, United States; Troy, AL, United States;
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/15/2019 06/05/2019
Maymester 2020 02/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Domestic Classes With: U.S. Students, UGA Students
Language of Instruction: English Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
Scholarship Availability: Yes College/School: Ecology
Minimum number of credit hours: 4 Maximum number of credit hours: 4
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students
Program Description:

Header Ecology
Field Program in Ecological Problem Solving

This is an intensive 3-week course that will involve traveling across the ACF River Basin, the watershed of the Apalachicola River, Chattahoochee River, and Flint River, in the Southeastern United States. Each day will be a different, consisting of some combination of field excursions, lectures and discussions. Many of the speakers with whom you will interact will be leaders in the fields of ecology, environmental policy, and sustainability. 

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to attain a foundational understanding of socio-ecological systems, and articulate ways in which sustainability and resilience are achieved by integrating ecological, economic, and social dimensions of complex problems. This will be accomplished through four objectives:
  1. Describe foundational principles of social-ecological systems, sustainability, and resilience.
  2. Engage with stakeholders and apply systems thinking to unpack sustainability challenges.
  3. Analyze the interdependence of social, economic, and ecological systems.
  4. Design real-world solutions to resilience and sustainability challenges using problem-solving skills modeled by stakeholders and gained through the cooperative learning experiences.

Program Locations

Students will reside in seven cities distributed throughout the ACF River Basin. Site visits include the Chattahoochee National Forest, Lake Lanier, Atlanta Mayor's Office of Resilience, Southern Environmental Law Center, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Clayton County Constructed Wetlands, Columbus Mayor's Office, Troy University Center for Water Resources Economics, Joseph Farley Nuclear Plant, Lake Seminole, Torreya State Park, Apalachicola Riverkeeper, US Fish and Wildlife, Apalachicola Bay, Jones Center for Ecological Research, ACF Stakeholders Headquarters, Stripling Irrigation Research Park, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, Flint Riverkeeper, Sprewel Bluff State Park, Georgia Tech Global Climate Change Program, Delta Airlines Headquarters
Location

Program Director and Course Leaders

Jasmine Crumsey Forde, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Program Coordinator & Lecturer
Odum School of Ecology
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602 
jcrumsey@uga.edu

Amanda Rugenski
Odum School of Ecology
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602 
atrugenski@uga.edu
 

Academic Program

ECOL 3300: Field Course in Environmental Problem Solving (4 credit hours)

Format:  This is an intensive 3-week course that will involve traveling across the ACF River Basin, the watershed of the Apalachicola River, Chattahoochee River, and Flint River, in the Southeastern United States (figure below).  The course involves a 3-day teach-in on the UGA Athens campus, two weeks of travel throughout the ACF River Basin, and a 3-day design session that involves a synthesis of sustainability challenges related to water availability and use and peer evaluation proposed strategies for achieving a resilient social-ecological system. Each day will consist of some combination of field excursions, lectures and discussions.  Many of the speakers with whom you will interact will be leaders in the fields of ecology, environmental policy, and sustainability. Activities may also take place during evenings and early mornings.
Academics Ecology

Housing and Meals

Accommodations: Hotels in seven cities + one-night at Torrey State Park. Breakfast and kitchens included in accommodations where possible. Most other meals are the responsibility of the student. Time will be made for grocery shopping in the course schedule.

Program Itinerary

Itinerary Ecology
Week 1:
  • Introductory lectures on UGA campus: welcome, socio-ecological systems, environmental policy, course project topics discussion, guest lectures, expert and learner group assignments, field lectures, individual field notebook entries, group reflections
  • Site visits: Chattahoochee National Forest, Lake Lanier, Atlanta Mayor's Office of Resilience, Southern Environmental Law Center, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Week 2:
  • Guest lectures, field visits, individual field notebook entries, group reflections, group discussions and projects
  • Site visits: Clayton County Constructed Wetlands, Columbus Mayor's Office, Troy University Center for Water Resources Economics, Joseph Farley Nuclear Plant, Lake Seminole, Torreya State Park, Apalachicola Riverkeeper, US Fish and Wildlife, Apalachicola Bay, Jones Center for Ecological Research, ACF Stakeholders Headquarters, Stripling Irrigation Research Park, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

Week 3:
  • Lectures, site visits, individual field notebook entries, group assignment on assessing socio-ecological system resilience and recommendations for moving forward, group presentations, course wrap-up on UGA campus
  • Site Visits: Flint Riverkeeper, Sprewel Bluff State Park, Georgia Tech Global Climate Change Program, Delta Airlines Headquarter

Final paper due on the last day of the Maymester by 5pm
Ecology Final