|Title:||Judy Meyer Papers|
|Dates:||1970's to 2000's|
|Quantity:||28.4 Linear feet (6 document boxes, 26 cartons)|
|Abstract:||This collection consists of the papers of noted UGA ecologist and Georgia water issues scholar Dr. Judy Meyer. They include her talks, reviews of her manuscripts, subject files, and files on the Coweeta Long-term Ecological Research, the River Basin Center, and several other projects Meyer worked on.|
Dr. Judy Meyer is Distinguished Research Professor Emerita in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. She holds a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Hawaii, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Cornell University. A member of the faculty at UGA since 1977, she is an aquatic ecologist who has published over 125 scientific papers on her research on rivers and streams in Georgia and North Carolina. Her research has focused on ecological processes that maintain water quality, on river and stream food webs, and on the impact of watershed disturbance and riparian zone management on river and stream ecosystems. Dr. Meyer also served as Co-Director of the UGA River Basin Center from 2000-2002.
Dr. Meyer has served as Vice-president and as President of the Ecological Society of America, the national organization for professional ecologists. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Council of Scientific Society Presidents. Her research received a Creative Research Medal from the University of Georgia Research Foundation. She has been appointed to numerous committees of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council including the Water Science and Technology Board. Dr. Meyer currently serves on the Committee on Improving the National Water Quality Assessment Program of the U.S.G.S. She is a member of the work group designing a Report on the Condition of Nation's Freshwater Ecosystems, sponsored by the H.J. Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment in Washington D.C. A past member of the Water Resources Assessment Group of the National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, Dr, Meyer was also elected as a U.S. National Representative to the International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology. She serves as Chair of the Science and Technical Advisory Committee of American Rivers, a national river conservation organization, and is also on its Board of Directors. She is also Chair of the Education and Science Advisory Committee of Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and is on its Board of Directors. She is on the Board of a local conservation organization, Georgia Land Trust Service Center.
Dr. Meyer's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Turner Foundation. She has been Principal Investigator of a NSF-sponsored Long-term Ecological Research site at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, studying long-term changes in Southern Appalachian forests and streams in response to anthropogenic and natural disturbances. She has done extensive research on food webs of Georgia's Coastal Plain rivers, especially the Ogeechee River. Current funded research focuses on urban rivers (with a focus on the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries), impacts of lawn care practices on stream ecosystems, nitrogen cycling in rivers, impacts of excessive sedimentation on aquatic biota, importance of decaying leaves and woody debris in stream ecosystems, effects of changes in riparian buffer designations for Georgia's trout streams, and long-term studies of causes and consequences of land-use change in the Southern Appalachians.
At UGA Dr. Meyer taught undergraduate and graduate courses in limnology, stream ecology, and environmental literacy.
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Judy Meyer papers, MS 3475. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.