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Coyote and Opposom

INTO THE WILD: Cameras installed by Dr. Chris Mowry to help document urban biodiversity spy a late-night encounter between a coyote and an opossum (above) and a red fox (below).

If you keep an eye out for Berry in the news, you may have seen Dr. Chris Mowry’s name quite a bit recently.

Mowry, an associate professor of biology, has been involved for the past year with the Urban Wildlife Information Network, a Chicago-based organization seeking to gain a greater understanding of urban biodiversity in North America. As part of this work, he has installed 40 cameras along a 50-kilometer transect from downtown Atlanta to north Fulton County.

Red FoxThese remote cameras allow researchers to see both the variety of species that live in the area and the interaction among those species. They have been gathering data since January, gaining significant insight into the species that call Georgia home.

“The project allows us to appreciate and understand urban green space and how it is important as a refuge for this urban biodiversity,” Mowry explained. “We hope that our project will influence public policy in that regard.”

Mowry’s involvement came about through his work as a founder of the Atlanta Coyote Project, an ongoing collaboration between scientists from Berry and Emory University dedicated to researching coyotes and helping the public better understand them. Learn more about Mowry’s work with UWIN in this story by WABE in Atlanta.

By student writer Cassie LaJeunesse

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Chris Mowry sets up a trail camera on the Berry campus.

Chris Mowry sets up a trail camera on the Berry campus.

January brought national recognition for one faculty member in Berry’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences and notable media attention for another.

Professor Ron Taylor is a 2018 recipient of the nation’s top prize in college mathematics education, the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. Presented annually by the Mathematical Association of America, the award honors those “who have been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful and whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have influence beyond their own institutions.”

“On the list of people who have won are some very famous people in the mathematical community, lots of whom I look up to as mentors,” Taylor marveled in a Campus Carrier story. “It’s just amazing that I’m on the list with them.”

Taylor is one of three honorees this year, joining fellow recipients from the University of Northern Colorado and Lafayette College. You can see an example of his innovative teaching methods by watching the video above.

While Taylor is making his mark in the world of mathematics, Associate Professor of Biology Chris Mowry is once again in the media spotlight thanks to his work with the Atlanta Coyote Project, this time turning up in the pages of Atlanta Magazine. Click here to read more.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Cave EcologyStudents taking “Cave Ecology” with Associate Professor of Biology Cathy Borer found themselves in a VERY different type of classroom this summer as they explored caves in central Tennessee and northeast Alabama. Participating biology and environmental science majors got their hands dirty – literally – while gaining a better understanding of cave ecosystems and conservation and management challenges unique to caves. Read more.

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Bruce ConnGund Professor of Biology Bruce Conn has received his fourth consecutive five-year appointment as associate of invertebrate zoology at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. During his tenure, he has taken several groups of Berry students to visit and work in Harvard’s laboratories. Conn served for 16 years as dean of Berry’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences before returning full time to the classroom in fall 2013. He is also a member of the lead committee for Berry’s One Health Center and a Jefferson Science Fellow for the U.S. State Department.

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