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Dr. Vanessa Lane

Forest Resources
Assistant Professor

Yow 116
229. 391.4811


I have traveled for most of my adult career. As a wildlife biologist, sometimes the best way to learn about ecological systems is to personally experience them. I have lived and worked on coastal islands in the Gulf of Maine and on the Georgia coast, conducted research in the prairies of Montana and Minnesota, and collected data in the Grand Canyon. I have also traveled to Costa Rica, Italy, and New Zealand to experience different communities, human and otherwise.

I am actively engaged in undergraduate student research here at ABAC. Current research projects include testing wild snakes for snake fungal disease, assessing population structure of burying and carrion beetles in south Georgia, and ongoing biological surveys for reptiles and amphibians, birds, and bats. I am state moderator and I am avid supporter of citizen science. The ABAC Baldwin Library also hosts my annual “Snakes in the Stacks” event, where the ABAC community and public can learn about snakes and have the opportunity to overcome their fears in a safe, controlled setting.


Ph.D. Forest Resources, University of Georgia

M.S. Animal and Range Sciences, Montana State University

B.S. Natural Resources, Cornell University

Selected Publications (published while employed at ABAC):

Lane, V., J. Sika, C. Wambolt, M.R. Frisina, and B. Sowell. 2017. Vegetative characteristics of sage-grouse nesting and brood-rearing sites. Environmental Management and Sustainable Devleopment 6:206-219.

Smith, C.E. and V.R. Lane. 2017. Where are the herps? HerpMapper takes citizen science to the next level. The Wildlife Professional, The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. March/April:34-37.

Svedarsky, D., J. Bruggman, S. Ellis-Felege, R. Grosshans, V. Lane, N. Norrgard, G. Knutsen, R. Clarke, D. Ripplinger, A. Ostlund, J. Lewis, J. Granfors, and T. Brenny. 2016. Cattail management in the northern Great Plains: implications for wetland wildlife and bioenergy harvest. University of Minnesota Northwest Research and Outreach Center, Crookston, Minnesota, USA.

Lane, V.R., R.P. Simmons, K.J. Brunjes, J.C. Kilgo, T.B. Harrington, R.F. Daniels, W.M. Ford, and K.V. Miller. 2015. Effects of precommercial thinning and midstory-control on avian and small mammal communities during longleaf pine forest restoration. Proceedings of the 17th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference, Larimore, Louisiana, USA. General Technical Report SRS-203.

Lane, V.R., K. Cordell, S.J. Zarnoch, G.T. Green, N. Poudyal, and S. Fox. 2014. The Forest Service Safety Survey: results from an employee-wide attitude survey. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report SRS-GTR-191.


FRSC 3130: Endangered Species Management

Provides a general background in endangered species ecology and management, explores the history and role of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), including the primary sections of the ESA and listing process, and the social and economic implications of legislation enacted to conserve endangered species.

FRSC 4150: Wildlife Measurements

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of sampling procedures and field techniques commonly used in wildlife management to evaluate habitat and populations. Emphasis will be placed on techniques for collecting information on birds, mammals, fish, and herpetofauna, assessing habitat variables, recording and summarizing field data, and reporting results. Concepts presented in lectures will be applied in field laboratory exercises.

FRSC 4630: Senior Project

Student teams will be formed to work on approved projects involving management of forested properties. Teams will determine client objectives, map and inventory the project property, and develop alternate strategies to accomplish the client’s objectives. A written report will be provided to the client that includes justification for recommendations contained therein. Each team will make an oral presentation on their pojrect in class at the end of the term. (This is the capstone course for the ABAC natural resources program. Students choose between making a management plan from a wildlife or forestry perspective, or doing a field research-oriented senior thesis. Presentations are high quality and are essentially undergraduate theses defenses.)

FRSC 4370: Natural Resources Recreation

This course examines the history of the environmental movement and the management of activities of agencies providing outdoor recreation opportunities. Outdoor recreation behavior will be discussed, as well as issues related to human-environment interactions. Management of outdoor recreation and ecotourism will be emphasized.

FRSC 3135: Nongame Wildlife Management

This course is designed to acquaint students with wildlife management directed at species whose value lies in nonconsumptive use. Emphasis will be placed on terrestrial and aquatic species important as indicators, or categorized as threatened or endangered.

FRSC 3140: Forest Measurements and Mapping

An introduction to the methods of assessing information on forest resources and presenting relevant information in a map format. Basic instruction will include forest inventory techniques, measuring standing trees, log rules and scaling, growth measurement. Mapping will include basic drafting and plotting techniques, acreage determination, constructing cover maps of forest types and wildlife habitat, and map orientation and interpretation.

FRSC 3770: Ornithology

Course lectures will focus on the physiology, morphology, evolution, ecology, and behavior of birds. Lab emphasizes gross anatomy and identification of southeastern species by sight and sound. Students will be required to walk long distances, often through inhospitable terrain. A weekend trip will be required; other Saturday trips will be offered. A pair of binoculars and a field guide will also be required.