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UGA professor wins an Emmy, brings awareness to environmental issues in Georgia


Winning an Emmy award is not a typical accomplishment for scientists. However, for James Porter, a University of Georgia ecology professor, it was an extension of his work as a scientist and educator.

“I see both my Sundance win, my Peabody award and my Emmy award as a direct outcome of my teaching,” Porter said.

Porter was among the team behind “Chasing Coral,” a documentary that recently won an Emmy award for Outstanding Nature Documentary. “Chasing Coral” focuses on the decline of coral reefs in oceans, a phenomenon known as coral bleaching. The film featured a series of Porter’s photos that show “before” and “after” states of coral reefs.

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