Category: Featured Researcher

Puneet Dwivedi


Background: Dr. Puneet Dwivedi is working as an Assistant Professor of Sustainability Sciences at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources since October 1, 2013. Before becoming a faculty at the University of Georgia, Dr. Dwivedi was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012-2013) and Yale … More ›

Brian Orland


Brian Orland, FASLA, FCELA, is the initial Rado Family Foundation/UGAF Professor of Geodesign in the UGA College of Environment+Design and is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University.  He joined UGA in 2015.  He holds degrees in Architecture (Manchester), and in Landscape Architecture (Arizona).   His teaching and research focus on environmental perception, … More ›

Meredith Welch-Devine


Meredith Welch-Devine is the Director of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs at the UGA Graduate School and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the department of Anthropology. Dr. Welch-Devine conducts research and teaches in the broad area of human-environment interactions. In addition to teaching in the Integrative Conservation Ph.D. program, she regularly teaches courses and leads workshops on … More ›

Deepak Mishra


Deepak Mishra is an associate professor in Geography at the University of Georgia (UGA). Dr. Mishra received a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and then worked at the University of New Orleans, Mississippi State University before joining the UGA in 2012. Dr. Mishra’s research focuses on remote sensing application to … More ›

Vanessa Ezenwa


Vanessa Ezenwa is an associate professor at UGA with joint appointments in the Odum School of Ecology and the Department of Infectious Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ezenwa received a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University, and then worked at the United States Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia as a National … More ›

Featured Researcher: Jenna Jambeck


Jenna Jambeck is an assistant professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia.  Dr. Jambeck conducts research and teaches environmental engineering with a focus on solid waste. Her work often interweaves social context and sciences with technical aspects. She has conducted numerous research projects including those related to contaminant fate and transport … More ›

Featured Researcher: Jenny Bloodgood


Jenny Bloodgood is a PhD-DVM student who joined the Integrative Conservation and Forestry and Natural Resources program in 2013. Her doctoral research includes exploring how the diet of green sea turtles in captivity can be modified to improve their survival and rate of release back to the ocean and measuring the effectiveness of conservation education. … More ›

Featured Researcher: Julie Rushmore


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Julie Rushmore is a DVM/PhD candidate jointly enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Odum School of Ecology. She studies behavioral determinants of disease transmission in wild chimpanzees in Uganda. Julie believes that studying the intersection of disease ecology and animal behavior will provide key insights for wildlife conservation through disease management efforts. … More ›

Featured Researcher: Jena Hickey


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Jena is a PhD student in the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. She is back from a 6-month tour studying bonobos (a.k.a. pygmy chimpanzees) in the Maringa-Lopori-Wamba, a 70,000-km2 landscape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These globally endangered great apes – one of human’s closest living relatives – … More ›

Featured Researcher: Rebecca Witter


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Rebecca Witter is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Ecological and Environmental Anthropology at UGA and a student associate of the Center for Integrative Conservation Research. Following a year of field research in Mozambique, Witter can be found sitting securely behind her desk at CICR writing her dissertation – which is currently entitled Trees, Trails, and Traces of … More ›