The Low-down on Lockdown: How Our Behavior During Covid-19 Has Shaped Wild Animals

This talk: The global lockdown to mitigate COVID-19 health risks both reduced human interactions with nature, while increasing interactions with animals indoors. We've documented the impacts of temporary human absence from nature on wild and domestic animal behaviors- some good, and some bad. Come hear about (and see in action!) how our furry, feathered, and scaly friends have responded to lockdown along with us.

Emily Weigel, Ph.D. (she/her) is currently a Senior Academic Professional in the School of Biological Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally from Atlanta, Weigel earned dual doctorates from Michigan State University in Zoology and in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior. Now at Georgia Tech, she has received an incredible number of awards, many from student nominations that have recognized her passion and drive for their success. Dr. Weigel has helped develop several classes at Georgia Tech, including on Climate Change in Urban Spaces and Stream Ecology, and regularly studies factors governing student success. Her work in biology education, ecology, and conservation is regularly published in academic journals, and she is frequently a referenced source in academia, especially to help popular science audiences understand biology.

Event Details


  • Saturday, 2021, October 2 - 2:00pm