Cydney is one of seven graduate students at the University of Georgia to receive a 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF). The NSF GRF includes three years of financial support for Cydney’s graduate studies at UGA.
The fellowship program “supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions” (https://www.nsfgrfp.org/).
Cydney was also recently awarded a Fulbright research grant for 2020 to support her dissertation fieldwork in Ceará, Brazil. Collaborating with local communities and state agencies, Cydney will study the lived experience of water insecurity by examining the dynamic interactions between individuals, social and political structures, environmental factors, and technology.
For more information on the Fulbright program: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/
Great HECLab representation at the SfAAs! Don Nelson, Emily Horton, John McGreevy, and Jon Hallemeier presented research at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, which was held this year in Portland, Oregon.
Don gave a talk on CZO research describing historical land cover evolution in South Carolina; Emily presented dissertation results exploring underappreciated narratives of artisanal fishing and how narratives shape policy; Jon presented preliminary analysis exploring collaborative politics and competing claims to collaboration in a national forest planning process; and John Ryan presented preliminary dissertation work.
Cydney Seigerman and MFA candidate Alden DiCamillo (UGA) organized a public pop-up exhibition as the culmination of their project Exploring Research as Craft: A Workshop Series to Promote Cross-Discipline Communication by Examining Processes of Creating to Approach Questions. More than 50 members of the Athens community attended the three hour exhibition.
Conceptualized and led by Cydney and Alden, Exploring Research as Craft brought together graduate students from across the UGA campus to collaboratively engage through craft, material meaning-making, and critical response. Students from the Odum School of Ecology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Warnell School of Forestry, the College of Environment and Design, and the Lamar Dodd School of Art participated in a three-part workshop series, developing creative projects based on their research, which were displayed at the pop-up gallery show at ATHICA. Cydney’s piece was a live performance entitled “Researcher reads scholarly articles at home/office,” which challenged the boundaries placed between work and home in the context of academic research.
Exploring Research as Craft was supported by a grant from the Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) and also supported by ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art. ICE is an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA. ATHICA is a non-profit gallery providing collaborative and community arts space within the Athens, Georgia community.
Mike Coughlan and Don Nelson have a new publication out in JAS. The "Geostatistical Analysis of Historical Contingency in Land Use Footprints in the Prehistoric Settlement Dynamics of the South Carolina Piedmont, North America" continues the exploration of land use legacies within the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory. The paper demonstrates that beginning with the ceramic period, historical contingency explains settlement patterns better than solely looking at topographic and land form characteristics. Linked with our earlier published analyses, we begin to see direct links between ceramic period and contemporary land use patterns in South Carolina.
Emily Horton, Jonathan Hallemeier, and Cydney Seigerman presented work addressing social and ecological issues from Brazil and the southern Appalachians at the annual Symposium on Integrative Conservation. The symposium showcases the work of Integrative Conservation Ph.D. students from anthropology, geography, ecology, and natural resources.
HECL PhD Candidate John Ryan McGreevy presented initial findings of his dissertation research with research assistant Elisson Adrien (Quisqueya University, Elon University alumnus) at the 30th annual Haitian Studies Association Conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Through analysis of focus groups and initial interviews, they have identified factors leading to hurricane vulnerability in different subgroups of farmers in Camp Perrin, Haiti. Their presentation also highlights the network of locally-led efforts to provide emergency shelter to those who lost their homes in Hurricane Matthew. John Ryan will use surveys, in-depth interviews, and satellite image analysis to further test these findings and how they relate to the drought that immediately followed Hurricane Matthew in 2016, informing understanding of multiple disasters occurring in quick succession.
Emily Horton was selected to participate in the 2018 U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security. The two-week fellowship, held at Purdue University, brought together participants from different disciplines and research countries to gain a holistic understanding of global food security challenges. This formative experience informed Emily's food security work in fisheries and her vision of co-constructing a more just, sustainable, and food secure world
Mike Coughlan and Don Nelson recently published "Influences of Native American Land Use on the Colonial Euro-American Settlement of the South Carolina Piedmont".
The article argues that localized prehistoric land use legacies likely helped
structure the long term, landscape- to regional-level ecological inheritances that resulted
from Euro-American settlement.
Open Access: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0195036
The UGA Honors Program recently featured a story about HECLab member John McGreevy's work, you can check out their write up here.
John McGreevy and Don Nelson are co-authors on a manuscript in Food Security. It is an outcome of a series of workshops convened by the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security CGIAR Research Program. The paper presents set of methodological indicators to study food systems governance.
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