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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: Summer
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer
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Program Category: UGA Domestic College/School: Warnell
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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 (5/15/19-5/18/19)
Chatsworth, GA (5/20/19-5/24/19)
Douglas, GA (5/28/19)
Sapelo Island, GA (5/29/19-6/01/19)

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.

Warnell Fishies

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 5/15/19-5/18/19.  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
5/15/2019       Athens, GA, USA                Introductory lectures on GA fishes/Oconee R. sample
5/16/2019       Cleveland, GA, USA           Upper Chattahoochee River Sampling
5/17/2019       Athens, GA, USA                Lake Herrick Sampling/Quiz 1
5/18/2019       Watkinsville, GA, USA        Barber Creek Fish Community Comparison/Quiz 2
5/20/2019       Ellijay, GA, USA                  Mountaintown Creek Sampling
5/21/2019       Dalton, GA, USA                 Conasauga River Snorkeling/Sampling Quiz 3
5/22/2019       Blue Ridge, GA, USA          Toccoa River Snorkeling/Shocking
5/23/2019       Ringgold, GA, USA              South Chickamauga Creek Sampling/Quiz 4
5/24/2019       Athens, GA, USA                 Break Camp and Travel Home
5/28/2019       Douglas, GA, USA               Alapaha River Sampling Quiz 5a
5/29/2019       Darien, GA, USA                 Sturgeon Sampling/Ferry to Sapelo Quiz 5b
5/30/2019       Sapelo Island, GA, USA      Trawling/Seining/Lab Identification
5/31/2019       Sapelo Island, GA, USA       Lab Review/Quiz 6/Hook and Line Sampling
6/1/2019         Sapelo Island, GA, USA       Clean up and Depart Sapelo Island

This program is currently not accepting applications.