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  • Locations: Athens, GA, United States; Chatsworth, GA, United States; Douglas, GA, United States; Sapelo Island, GA, United States; Twin City, GA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Domestic College/School: Warnell
Program Description:

This program will not be running in 2020. For more information about 2021, please contact the Program Director.
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Georgia Fisheries Field Camp

Georgia Fishes Field Study is a 4 credit course focusing on ecology, conservation, identification, and sampling methods for Georgia’s freshwater and marine fishes. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in fisheries, aquatic ecology, or conservation of aquatic ecosystems.

Program Location

Athens, GA (5/13/20-5/16/20)
Chatsworth, GA (5/18/20-5/22/20)
Douglas, GA (5/26/20)
Darien, GA (5/27/20)
Sapelo Island, GA (5/28/20-5/30/20)

Program Director and Course Leaders

Dr. Brett Albanese
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Tel: 706-510-4378

Dr. James Shelton
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Tel: 706-542-3108

Dr. Susan Wilde
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Tel: 706-542-3346

Academic Program

FISH 4650L/6650L Georgia Fishes Field Study, 4 hours

Course Overview
This class emphasizes experiential learning.  Each week we will sample fishes in one region of the state and learn about fish ecology, sampling methods, and conservation issues.  Lectures are typically given by the side of a stream or river and include a “fish show” where students examine live fishes in a tank and learn identifying characteristics. Students will also be required to read 1 scientific paper per week and record their observations and data in a field notebook.  We will have 2 quizzes each week that will focus on fish identification, ecology and conservation, and the assigned readings.  Grades are based upon the quality of the field notebook (30%), quizzes (60%) and class participation (10%).  At the completion of this course, students should be able to identify common families, genera, and species of freshwater and marine fishes, understand general life history requirements and habitat needs of fishes, collect fishes using a variety of commonly employed gear types, and understand natural and anthropogenic factors affecting fish assemblages.

Housing and Meals

We will make day trips from the Athens area during the first week of the course, so students will need to secure their own lodging in Athens for 5/13/20-5/16/20.  We will camp in a state park during week 2 (mountains) and stay in a lodge/dorm rooms during week 3 (Coastal Plain/Sapelo Island).  The program fee will be used to purchase groceries for group meals during weeks 2 and 3.  Students will be required to provide their own food during week 1 (Athens) and should also bring cash for 1-2 inexpensive restaurant stops during weeks 2 and 3.

Program Itinerary

Date Location Activity
5/13/2020 Athens, GA, USA Introductory lectures on GA fishes/Oconee R. sample
5/14/2020 Cleveland, GA, USA Upper Chattahoochee River Sampling
5/15/2020 Athens, GA, USA Lake Herrick Sampling/Quiz 1
5/16/2020 Athens, GA, USA Barber Creek Fish Community Comparison/Quiz 2
5/18/2020 Chatsworth/Dalton, GA, USA Holly Creek Snorkeling
5/19/2020 Chatsworth/Dalton, GA, USA Conasauga River Snorkeling/Sampling Quiz 3
5/20/2020 Armuchee/Dalton, GA, USA Armuchee Creek/RV tribs/Quiz 4a
5/21/2020 Emma, GA, USA Amicalola Creek/Quiz 4b
5/22/2020 Athens, GA, USA Break Camp and Travel Home
5/26/2020 Douglas, GA, USA Alapaha River Sampling Quiz 5a
5/27/2020 Darien, GA, USA Sturgeon Sampling/Ferry to Sapelo Quiz 5b
5/28/2020 Sapelo Island, GA, USA Trawling/Seining/Lab Identification
5/29/2020 Sapelo Island, GA, USA Lab Review/Quiz 6/Hook and Line Sampling
5/30/2020 Sapelo Island, GA, USA Clean up and Depart Sapelo Island


Program Ratings:
Accuracy and usefulness of orientation materials:
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Safety of location, facilities, excursions, and transportation:
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Choice of location for excursions, field trips, site visits:
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Safety, cleanliness, comfort and appropriateness of housing:
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Arrangements for and quality of meals:
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Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture:
1 2 3 4
Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture/people:
1 2 3 4
Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program:
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Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns:
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Value of the program in relation to the cost:
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Overall quality of the program in relation to expectations:
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Program Reviews:
Alyssa Ann Word, Summer 2019 Participant
Exceeded expectation!!

Summer 2019 Participant
I can't thank the teachers and TA's enough for making this such a fun and educational experience!

Sugei Anahi Silva, Summer 2019 Participant
I am very grateful to have experienced Georgia's aquatic biodiversity firsthand. I enjoyed myself and loved gaining an appreciation for fish as a wildlife emphasis student.

This program is currently not accepting applications.