February 27, 2014 | Research News
Report finds protecting natural areas makes good fiscal sense
Protecting a county's natural resources and its fiscal health may seem to be competing goals, but a recent University of Georgia study provides a blueprint for achieving both.
January 13, 2014 | Research News
Poison-breathing bacteria may be boon to industry, environment
Buried deep in the mud along the banks of a remote salt lake near Yosemite National Park are colonies of bacteria with an unusual property: they breathe a toxic metal to survive. Researchers from the University of Georgia discovered the bacteria on a recent field expedition to Mono Lake in California, and their experiments with this unusual organism show that it may one day become a useful tool for industry and environmental protection.
December 19, 2013 | Research News
USACE, UGA researchers develop new model to assess fish passage
Fishes, such as salmon, who must swim upstream to their birthplace to spawn are often impeded by obstacles like dams and roads that crisscross rivers and streams. A team of researchers from the University of Georgia and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center has developed a new model that could help environmental managers determine the most cost-effective way to improve the fishes' chances of reaching spawning grounds. Their work was recently published in the journal Ecological Applications.
December 2, 2013 | General News
Skidaway Institute scientists study black gill in shrimp
Scientists at the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography are investigating black gill in shrimp, a condition Georgia shrimpers are blaming for an ongoing downturn in shrimp harvests. Very little is known about black gill, so professors Marc Frischer and Dick Lee are working with shrimpers and a number of agencies in a collaborative project to answer some key questions about the condition.
November 5, 2013 | General News
New aquaponics food production system goes online at Athens middle school
Robby Ratajczak was looking for a Boy Scouts' project this past summer and didn't have to look far for inspiration: His dad's aquaponics work at the University of Georgia.
October 18, 2013 | Events on Campus
Hatchling sea turtle Rider to be on view at Skidaway Marine Science Day
Visitors to the Skidaway Marine Science Day will be able to catch a rare glimpse of Rider, the University of Georgia Aquarium's new hatchling loggerhead sea turtle, on Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held on the north end of Skidaway Island, the free event will include behind-the-scenes tours of the aquarium, opportunities to explore research vessels and hands-on science activities.
September 30, 2013 | Research News
Alber named UGA Marine Institute director
University of Georgia professor of marine sciences Merryl Alber will become director of the University of Georgia Marine Institute at Sapelo Island, effective Oct. 1.
September 30, 2013 | Research News
Skidaway Institute scientists study long-term effects of Gulf oil spill
As the Gulf Coast continues to recover from the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists from the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography are continuing to look into the long-term effects of the spill on coastal marine life. A team led by Skidaway Institute professor Richard Lee recently completed preliminary work into the effect dispersed and emulsified oil has on blue crabs and shrimp. The project includes vital information from fishermen and crabbers in the Gulf.
September 20, 2013 | Honors & Awards
Skidaway Institute professor nominated for award
A paper published by University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography professor Marc Frischer has been nominated for the James LaBounty Award as the best paper published during the past year in the scientific journal, Lake and Reservoir Management. Published by the North American Lake Management Society, the journal features peer-reviewed scientific papers targeting a largely technical audience of academics and lake managers.
September 17, 2013 | Research News
UGA Skidaway Institute participates in Gliderpalooza 2013
More than a dozen underwater robotic vehicles called "gliders" will be launched simultaneously this month in a massive, cooperative project involving 10 east coast research institutions, including the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. Dubbed Gliderpalooza 2013, the fleet of gliders will cruise the waters of the east coast for several weeks, collecting data that could help improve future hurricane forecasts.
September 5, 2013 | Events on Campus
EcoFocus Film Festival to bring acclaimed documentary ‘Blackfish’ to Athens
The EcoFocus Film Festival, an initiative of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will present a preview of the new documentary "Blackfish" Sept. 12 at Ciné in downtown Athens. The film is the first in a series that will be presented this fall.
August 30, 2013 | Research News
UGA lab plays key role in identifying dolphin virus, urges people not to touch stranded animals
The University of Georgia Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, based at the College of Veterinary Medicine, played a key role in identifying the cause of the "unusual mortality event" for bottlenose dolphins announced this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
July 31, 2013 | Research News
UGA’s Samantha Joye organizes rapid response to study Hercules blowout incident
University of Georgia marine scientist Samantha Joye organized the first research effort immediately following the Hercules natural gas well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. The rapid response research cruise was on site four days after the incident began on July 22, when workers lost control of the well and the blowout preventer failed.
July 8, 2013 | General News
UGA donates research sturgeon to Atlanta Community Food Bank, Tennessee Aquarium
A hundred California white sturgeon used in a University of Georgia swimming study could have been tossed in a landfill once the research project ended. But instead they'll be feeding the poor and awing visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium.
March 15, 2013 | General News
Short film by UGA ecology student to screen at Savannah film festival
A short film by Virginia Schutte, a doctoral student in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, has been accepted into the Beneath the Waves Film Festival. The 2013 festival kicks off March 20-24 in Savannah and features documentaries from around the world that highlight marine science and related issues.