Ellie Grace Duffy

Bachelor of Arts in Ecology

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Art and Design

magna cum laude

The most intriguing organism...

Mushrooms!!! Individuals who??? Fungus is incredible!

Ellie Grace Duffy

Class of 2020

What advice would you give to incoming Ecology majors?​

Let yourself get excited. And do as much as you can. In your life, and schooling, and relationships. Don’t be complacent, and get out and feel this amazing world.

What was the best piece of advice you received as a student?​

It was really just watching all of the faculty in Odum. Everyone is so positive, funny, and honestly so inspiring. I love the excitement in the air.

The course that most changed my perspective on the world ...

The Ecological Problem Solving Maymester, (or really most of the classes I’ve taken with Amanda.) This one was particularly awesome, because of all the ecoregions we saw. That old-growth longleaf was just amazing. But further than that, was the actual problem solving. It made me take a lot of heart about the A.B. degree. That a baseline knowledge of ecology can take you a lot of places! It was exciting to see possibilities of jobs in conservation that aren’t research.

What would be your ideal job in life?

Creative…artist…professor…….or owning and running a commune B&B on the coast.

What one word best describes my experience in the Odum School of Ecology?


What was the most fun during your years in Ecology at UGA?​

I would really say I loved every second of being in Odum. Snorkeling in the Coosa, climbing giant live oaks on Sapelo, every little bit of Costa Rica, but also just biking up to Odum, and that bigleaf magnolia in the front, or Scott walking around rapidly, checking on frogs and such. The research presentations, or hearing some crazy lecturer get so amped (@jackiemohan and Jim Porter.) Odum is the only institution that I’ve ever known to be full of love… and that has been the most salient part of my time here! <<<333333

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