School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Microbial Ecology

Most people think of microorganisms or microbes as harmful, causing disease or just stinking up the refrigerator.  However, the reality is that the vast majority of microbes keep humans alive and healthy on Earth.  Microbes are responsible directly or indirectly for producing the air we breathe, the food we eat, clean water that we drink, and diseases that make us sick.  In other words, microbes provide many services to humans in Earth’s ecosystems and enable the sustainable production of food and energy as well as the recycling of wastes.

Environmental Field Methods

This course focuses on a single environmental project in the local area. In particular, students will implement chemical and physical measurement techniques for assessing environmental problems of their choice, and they will also learn to interpret results in a societal context.

Urban Forest

Students work with the non-profit organization, Trees Atlanta, as well as multiple neighborhoods in Atlanta to investigate the various effects of tree canopy on the well-being of residents. (There are two sections to this course, HP for Honors Program students only, and SLS, which is open to all non-Honors Program students) 

Lalith Polepeddi
Research Scientist I
Jie He
Assistant Professor
Meg Grantham
Lecturer
Yuhang Wang
Professor
Shannon Valley
PhD Student
Alex Robel
Assistant Professor
Zachary Handlos
Academic Professional

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