Organized ICON Network & Cooperative

Mission Statement 
The mission of OINC shall be to develop and promote learning, research, dialogue, and active engagement in the area of Integrative Conservation. This organization shall be based at University of Georgia, but seeks to increase communication and discussion with the greater academic and professional sectors involved in the research, application, or communication of conservation and sustainability science.

What do we do?
OINC does many things! Our primary intention is to serve the students of the ICON program by providing a communication space in both formal and informal settings at our monthly business meetings and Penultimate Friday Social events. The business meetings are intended to provide time for open dialogue among students about the program’s successes, failures, and official communications to the CICR Executive Committee. The Penultimate Friday Socials are organized as a more informal space for getting to know each other better outside of the academy. We meet for business on the second to last Friday of every month (September – April) at 5PM at CICR and follow up the meeting by going to happy hour downtown to socialize around 6PM.

We also organize the invitation and hosting of speakers selected by ICON students from on campus here at UGA and off campus from around the globe. Additionally, we organize and hold a student-run Symposium on Integrative Conservation (SIC) each year. Learn more about SIC here.

Contact Us!
If you are considering applying to the Integrative Conservation Ph.D. Program, checkout the diversity of ongoing research interests of current students here. If you have specific questions for current students, we encourage you to contact them. If you are visiting Athens and UGA and would like to meet us, feel free to contact us to learn more about the program from the student perspective. Please e-mail the Chair or Outreach Coordinator with any questions and/or to setup a meeting.

Officers (through April 2018)
Chair: Michelle Evans (
Co-chair: Emily Ayscue (
Liaisons: Rhianna Hohbein ( and Mariana Alfonso Fragomeni (
Secretary: Kristen Morrow (
Outreach Coordinator: Sarah Horsley (
Treasurer: Suraj Upadhaya (
Website Coordinator: Emily Horton (