University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Major: Ecology BS
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Isaac Wood currently lives in Athens, Georgia where he is attending the University of Georgia. At UGA Isaac is a rising third year studying Ecology and working towards a Certification in interdisciplinary Sustainability. A perfect day for him would be a Sunday going to church then the farmers market, hiking or going to an art museum, then wrapping up the day around a campfire with friends.
Growing up in the city he learned about the way natural systems persist in urbanized areas– not just in “pristine” remote ecosystems. In this Isaac found a passion in encouraging public curiosity in the science and the nature around them. Which is why in his free time Isaac spends his time volunteering with Ecoreach, a student outreach organization focused on providing K-12 kids environmental education, and the Invasive Species Club, a group focused on improving local ecosystems through invasive species removal and education.
This summer Isaac is working with Dr. Kelly Martin on research related to communication in STEM classrooms to help students improve understanding in the classroom and beyond. The main project he is working on specifically is contacting instructors in Environmental Science and Ecology to compile and understand the usage of visual based communication and learning in their classrooms. This is his first time during research in communication and he’s been excited to try something new in addition to improving his skills in scientific writing and editing.
On completing his undergrad Isaac plans to pursue a masters in Ecology and is specifically interested in urban freshwater ecology and entomology. Afterward he hopes to work in industry and to help improve public understanding in addition to reducing barriers in local environmental science.