CAES News from UGA-Tifton

Clockwise from left, four UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences students — Therese “Tess” Thompson, Lydia Griffin, James “Thomas” Maddox and Kirsten Flinn — were selected as Ratcliffe Scholars in 2021-22, and each has participated in life-changing immersive learning experiences. CAES News
Ratcliffe Scholars experience 'intense' growth through experiential learning
In a world filled with screens and devices, the world is virtually at our fingertips each second of every day. It is easy to look at pictures and videos of places you would like to visit, watch live streaming of events happening around the globe, connect with other cultures or perspectives in a chat box, or even learn a new skill by simply donning a pair of virtual reality goggles. But one method of learning remains unmatched in educational quality — hands-on, experiential learning.
On a seven-acre research site in Plains, Georgia, where former President Jimmy Carter’s family used to grow peanuts and soybeans now sits a solar farm of more than 3,800 panels. UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers are testing wildflowers like red clover (pictured) planted among the panels to measure habitat success over several seasons. CAES News
UGA experts work to protect biodiversity on Jimmy Carter's solar farm
As solar farms pop up across the U.S., researchers at the University of Georgia are working to improve the biodiversity on solar sites as part of a larger, multidisciplinary research program designed to support both sustainable energy and ecosystem health.