Berry Associate Professor of Geology Tamie J. Jovanelly, was recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright Research Award for research in association with the Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
She also received a grant from the National Geographic Society Conservation Trust to fund her pioneering and field-based forest hydrology research in Africa. The purpose of the year-long study is to collect baseline water quality data in four forest reserves that are significant to the Lake Victoria watershed. Currently, the forests are being depleted at a rate of 5% per year and are continually threatened by rebel insurgency and human encroachment.
The lake straddles three East African countries -- Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya - and has for centuries been a vital resource for the millions of people living along its vast coastline, according to a CNN news story. The massive lake, which stretches some 70,000 square kilometers, is the world's second-biggest freshwater body and the biggest of its kind in Africa, as well as the chief reservoir of the Nile.
Jovanelly's student, rising senior Hanna Jackson from Acworth, Ga., was awarded a Berry College International Programs Summer Research Grant that will allow her to accompany Jovanelly to Entebbe, Uganda. There, Jackson will collect important data on water quality in Lake Victoria and host several informative workshops focusing on water preservation strategies for the local community, stakeholders, and university students.
Article prepared by Student Public Relations Assistant Alyssa Smith