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Recent Highlights

Fall 2020 Faculty Honors and Awards 

Dr. Jennifer Rice’s co-authored paper “From Sustainable Urbanism to Climate Urbanism” was selected as an Urban Studies Journal featured article.  The journal makes popular and significant articles temporarily available for free at

Dr. Suzanne Birch received a Willson Center Research Fellowship for AY21-22, in support of her project, More than Meat: Animal-Human Relationships in Prehistory. 

Dr. Amy Trauger received a Willson Center Research Fellowship for AY 2021-22 to work on her book The Necropolitics of Life and Death in the Food System.

Dr. Marshall Shepherd is on a grant led by John Drake, Director of UGA’s the Center for Ecology of Infectious Diseases, titled “Disasters Colliding: The Epidemiology of Severe Weather Events” funded by UGA’s Teaming for Interdisciplinary Research Pre-Seed Program

Dr. Deepak Mishra  was appointed as a member of the The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Long Term Environmental Trends in the Gulf of Mexico, 2020-2022.  The Committee will assess the cumulative effects of multiple restoration projects along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast.

Dr. Marshall Shepherd continues to expands his platform as a trailblazer in communicating climate science to diverse publics, with his inclusion as inaugural “Truthseeker” in the digital magazine Flipboard.

Dr. Andrew Herod and colleagues Stelios Gialis, Andrew Herod, Theo Losifides, Panagiotis Kimourtzis, and Eleni Gaki secured a €247,523.11 (approx. US$292,000) grant to create an “E-Observatory of Geospatial Technologies and Analyses on Labour and Resilience in the Mediterranean EU South.”  Their project was co-funded as part of the “Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2014-2020 (EPAnEK) Operational Programme” by the Ministry of Development and Investments, Hellenic Republic and by the European Regional Development Fund.

Dr. Fausto Sarmiento was named to the National Board of the Environmental Ethics Institute (EEI) of the Miami Dade College.

Drs. Sergio Bernardes, Allison Howard and Marguerite Madden received a Center for Teaching and Learning grant “Creating Augmented and Virtual Reality Applications and Instructional Content for Mobile Devices to Enhance Face-to-Face and Remote Teaching and Learning at UGA”, that extends augmented and virtual reality developments at the Center for Geospatial Research.

Drs. Sergio Bernardes and Marguerite Madden received another grant from the Army Corps of Engineers to support the environmental monitoring efforts linked to the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).



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