NASA grant to focus on climate change and birds

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NASA grant to focus on climate change and birds

A NASA grant will allow UGA researchers to study effects of climate change on birds like this Black-throated Blue Warbler.

Photo by: Kirk Stodola

Four UGA professors have received a three-year, $447,000 grant from NASA to offer undergraduates a yearlong combination of classroom and field classes studying the effects of climate change on birds. Beginning in fall 2010, three professors in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources—Jeffrey Hepinstall-Cymerman, Robert Cooper and Michael Conroy—and Marshall Shepherd of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences will teach students about global climate change models, research methods and designing field experiments. The final course in the lecture and lab series—to be held during summer classes—will have students perform their experiments in the field. That experience is expected to make students more competitive for graduate schools and jobs.