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December 14, 2017   COLUMNS CONTRIBUTORS

Vicky L. Sutton-Jackson

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Articles by Vicky L. Sutton-Jackson

Sep. 25 2017

Aquatic rest stops may pose hazards for waterfowl

Scientists at the University of Georgia have identified two factors that affect the accumulation of a radioactive contaminant in waterfowl.

Sep. 5 2017

Colorful reptile serves as health barometer for impacts of coal waste

Coal combustion waste is well documented as an environmental pollutant. The U.S. produces more than 130 million tons of coal combustion residues, or CCRs, every year, with 40 percent of these wastes placed in aquatic settling basins. These basins are attractive environments for wildlife, placing them at risk of exposure to potentially toxic levels of trace elements.

Now scientists at the University of Georgia have confirmed that exposure to CCRs leads to higher levels of trace elements in yellow-bellied sliders, a freshwater turtle native to the southeastern U.S.

 

Mar. 27 2017

Three new staff will expand SREL’s outreach efforts

Three new employees have joined the outreach team at UGA's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. They will expand the lab's outreach efforts in the South Carolina and Georgia communities surrounding the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site near Aiken, South Carolina. 

Feb. 20 2017

Study: Toxic elements from fly ash found in raccoons

Coal-burning power plants produce more than half of the electricity in the U.S., and they generate huge amounts of coal ash in the process. One type of coal ash is a fine, powdery particle called fly ash, which for many years was treated as waste and disposed of in landfills.

Jun. 27 2016

SREL to launch new outreach program in Burke County

UGA's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory will begin working this summer with the community of Shell Bluff in Burke County to help its residents understand the impacts of nuclear industrial operations in the surrounding area.

Feb. 15 2016

SREL ecologist finds another cause of antibiotic resistance

The rapid emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has prompted the medical community, nonprofit organizations, public health officials and the national media to educate the public about the dangers of misusing and overusing antibiotics. However, UGA researcher J. Vaun McArthur is concerned that there's more to the problem than the misuse of common medications.

Oct. 19 2015

Team finds thriving wildlife populations at Chernobyl

A team of international researchers, including James Beasley, an assistant professor of wildlife ecology at the UGA Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and the Warnell School Forestry and Natural Resources, has discovered abundant populations of wildlife at Chernobyl, the site of the 1986 nuclear accident in Ukraine that released radioactive particles into the environment and forced a massive evacuation of the human population.

Sep. 8 2015

Collaboration finds toxic chemical in birds outside of Superfund site

Researchers at UGA's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory have found that a contaminated mixture called Aroclor 1268 has spread beyond a former chemical plant, now a Superfund site, near Brunswick.

Mar. 9 2015

Researchers develop targeted approach to reduce rabies

Researchers at UGA's  Savannah River Ecology Laboratory are evaluating new methods to reduce the spread of rabies in wildlife populations.

Nov. 3 2014

Research team to measure impact of Chernobyl on wildlife

The 1986 failure of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant spewed massive amounts of radioactive material into the environment, contaminating large swaths of land in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Nearly 30 years later, scientists still are working to evaluate the long-term effects of the disaster.

Aug. 25 2014

Conservationists bring wood stork back from brink of extinction

Thanks to the hard work of conservationists across the U.S., the once imperiled American wood stork has been down-listed from endangered to threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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