Richard G. Bauer is a M.S. student at UGA studying Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development at the Odum School of Ecology. His master’s thesis revolves around the abundance and distribution of polychlorinated biphenyls and heavy metals from EPA Superfund sites among three species of aquatic reptiles that utilize the marsh ecosystem in Brunswick, Georgia. His areas of expertise include ecotoxicology, conservation ecology, aquatic ecology, and spatial ecology. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology at Davidson College, where he was a research technician in the Davidson Herpetology Lab. He has extensive field experience researching reptiles and amphibians in the southeastern United States and abroad. Most recently he has focused on studying the spatial ecology of alligators in costal Georgia and crocodiles in Costa Rica. In Dr. Hassan’s laboratory, he works on analyzing various samples for an assortment of inorganic and organic compounds using ion chromatography, high-performance liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry.
Rick likes to spend his free time playing tennis and basketball at different clubs around Athens