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The 27th annual Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium, showcasing the latest research from University of Georgia ecology students at all levels, will take place Feb. 5-6 via Zoom.

Organized and run by Odum graduate students, GSS 2021 reflects the depth and breadth of ecological research at UGA, with oral presentations by graduate students in ecology, conservation ecology and sustainable development, integrative conservation, and the IDEAS doctoral program, as well as undergraduate research posters.

This year’s symposium will conclude with a keynote address at noon on Feb. 6, “Life in Flowing Water,” by alumnus Ethell Vereen, an assistant professor of biology at Morehouse College who received his doctorate in ecology in 2010.

The complete schedule of talks and posters is available online at

GSS 2021 is free and open to all. Register here. (Note: your registration is good for both days and includes the keynote address.)

As in past years, GSS coincides with the annual John K. Spencer Memorial 5K Run & Walk, which will take place as a virtual race from Feb. 1-7. This event honors the memory of the late John Spencer, a graduate student in the Odum School of Ecology and River Basin Center at UGA. An extraordinary individual loved for his humor, generosity, enthusiasm and kindness, John studied urban streams and was passionate about freshwater ecology, conservation and ecological restoration. Participation is free, but donations will be accepted for the River Basin Center’s John K. Spencer research grants. For more information and to register, visit

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