at the University of Georgia—Savannah River Ecology Lab

Eve Turek, Used With Permission


What We Do

The DeVault Wildlife Lab is a research group at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. We apply behavioral and ecological concepts to problems arising from wildlife-human interactions, especially with regard to understanding and mitigating animal-vehicle collisions and the conservation and ecology of vertebrate scavengers. As such, our research interests span basic ecology to conservation and management. Although much of our work involves birds, our research is question-driven rather than strictly taxonomically-focused. Our work is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary. Welcome to our site, browse these pages, and let us know if you have questions or comments.


Where We Work

The Savannah River Ecology Lab (SREL), a research unit of the University of Georgia, pursues basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization, from atoms to ecosystems. SREL is located near Aiken, SC, on the Savannah River Site, a Department of Energy facility and the first national environmental research park. Research at SREL extends beyond the site to regional and global projects. To date, the lab has produced more than 3,000 peer-reviewed publications.

Recent News

June 23, 2022—Congratulations! A recent paper by lead author Mary Chapman was commended as a "Superior Paper" at WM2022. Coauthors are G. Dharmarajan, A.L. Bryan Jr., T.L. DeVault, L. Lee, and O.E. Rhodes.

June 23, 2022—We are no longer accepting applications for the graduate student positions announced below. Thanks for your interest!

May 17, 2022—We are currently recruiting a Ph.D. student to join our group as soon as Fall 2022. See the position announcement here.

March 7, 2022—Dr. DeVault will be giving a seminar as part of Mississippi State University’s Conservation Lecture Series on Thursday, March 10 titled Searching for the fundamental causes of animal-vehicle collisions: ecology, behavior, and evolution.

March 4, 2022—A big congratulations to M.S. student Carson Pakula for winning First Place in his session for his talk at Warnell's Graduate Student Symposium!

December 10, 2021—We are no longer accepting applications for the graduate student positions announced below. Thanks for your interest!

October 28, 2021—Two new positions are open in our lab! See the job board posting and twitter announcement.

October 10, 2021—Dr. DeVault is now an associate editor of the Journal of Field Ornithology.

October 7, 2021—A recent study on vulture roosting by Dr. Travis DeVault and others gets press in UGA Today.

August 8, 2021—Our lab’s research is featured in New York Times Bestselling Author Mary Roach’s new book, Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law, W.W. Norton & Company, 2021.

July 23, 2021—Our first tweet! Check us out @devaultlab.