Chris J. Peterson, Professor (at UGA since 1994) 

  • B.A. 1985, Biology & Environmental Science, Taylor University, Upland, IN
  • Ph.D. 1992, Ecology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Postdoc 1992-1994, Ecology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • Fulbright Fellow 2004, Dept. of Forest Ecology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Personal: Chris enjoys pontificating about politics, occasionally riding a motorcycle, and reading apocalyptic novels (the best is still Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle).  He is married to the former Sandy VanBrocklin, who is Human Resources manager for UGA Facilities Management Division.  The rest of Chris’s family includes stepdaughter Tiffany (currently an undergraduate at Univ. of Hawaii, and majoring in art), and 5-yr old twins Katherine & Jeffrey.  The Petersons are members of First Presbyterian Church of Athens.



Callie Oldfield, PhD candidate

  • B.A. 2015, Biology, University of the South (Sewanee)

Callie's research focuses on carbon cycling in wind disturbances. She will determine at what point a disturbance switches from representing a carbon source to becoming a carbon sink. This research will provide valuable information for global carbon modeling, particularly as wind disturbances are predicted to increase in the future.

In addition to her research, she enjoys volunteering to teach science at local Athens-Clarke county schools, working as Managing Editor for science for the Classic Journal, and playing with her cats.


Mark Zenoble








Mark Zenoble, Master's student

  • B.A. 2016, Horticultural Science at the University of Georgia

Mark is establishing a 12 hectare mapped forest dynamics plot in the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.







Rebecca Klee, PhD student

  • B.S. 2018, Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy at Monmouth University

Rebecca is studying the spatial patterns of wind disturbance using field surveys and GIS.


Austin Menzmer UGA

Austin Menzmer, PhD student

  • B.S. 2017, Southern Adventist University
  • M.S. 2019, Biology, Andrews University

Austin's research will focus on the effects of wind disturbance on herbaceous species in southwest Georgia. Plots will be set up in both hurricane-affected and control areas. Percent cover, composition, and diversity measurements will be used to determine how well different herbaceous species recover after weathering a hurricane.

When he's not eagerly devouring another scientific paper, Austin enjoys his hobbies of hiking, travel, making YouTube videos, and oh yes, reading more scientific papers!