July 30, 2014 | Research News
UGA Skidaway Institute researchers complete ‘26 Hours on the Marsh’
Pitching a tent in the woods and fighting off mosquitos may not sound like logistics of a typical oceanography experiment, but that is how researchers at the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography completed an intensive, round-the-clock sampling regimen this month. The project, dubbed "26 Hours on the Marsh" was designed to investigate how salt marshes function and interact with their surrounding environment-specifically how bacteria consume and process carbon in the marsh.
July 14, 2014 | General News
UGA Skidaway Institute scientists to conduct ‘26 Hours on the Marsh’
Researchers at the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography will conduct an intensive regimen of around-the-clock sampling and testing into salt marsh biological and chemical activity on July 16-17. Dubbed "26 Hours on the Marsh," the program is part of a joint research effort between UGA Skidaway Institute and researchers from the University of Tennessee to study how salt marshes function and interact with their surrounding environment.
June 26, 2014 | Research News
Skidaway Institute joins international project to sample the world’s waters
Scientists at the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography participated in Ocean Sampling Day-an ambitious, international project to produce a single-day snapshot of microbial populations around the world. On Saturday, June 21, researchers collected water samples at 185 global sites, ranging from Antarctica to the Arctic Ocean and from New Zealand to Iceland.
June 11, 2014 | Research News
Skidaway Institute participates in worldwide ocean sampling day
Scientists at the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography will join researchers around the globe in a worldwide Ocean Sampling Day on Saturday, June 21. Ocean Sampling Day is the first global, simultaneous sampling of microbes in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes waters.
June 5, 2014 | Research News
UGA’s Marine Debris Tracker named in Apple’s ‘apps we can’t live without’
University of Georgia assistant engineering professor Jenna Jambeck usually isn't surprised when an email telling her the smartphone application she created in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—Marine Debris Tracker—has been mentioned in social media. But the tweet including it on June 2 caught her completely off guard.
June 3, 2014 | Research News
UGA ecologists provide close-up of coral bleaching event
New research by University of Georgia ecologists sheds light on exactly what happens to coral during periods of excessively high water temperatures. Their study, published in the journal Limnology and Oceanography, documents a coral bleaching event in the Caribbean in minute detail and sheds light on how it changed a coral's community of algae—a change that could have long-term consequences for coral health, as bleaching is predicted to occur more frequently in the future.
May 12, 2014 | Research News
Fish communities key to balancing nutrients in coral reefs, UGA study finds
Coral reefs are among the most productive—and imperiled—ecosystems in the world. One of the many threats they face is pollution from runoff and poorly treated wastewater, which upsets the delicate balance of nutrients they require.
May 11, 2014 | Research News
UGA research examines fate of methane following the Deepwater Horizon spill
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout discharged roughly five million barrels of oil and up to 500,000 metric tonnes of natural gas into Gulf of Mexico offshore waters over a period of 84 days. In the face of a seemingly insurmountable cleanup effort, many were relieved by reports following the disaster that naturally-occurring microbes had consumed much of the gas and oil.
May 8, 2014 | Honors & Awards
International Sea Turtle Society honors UGA ecologist with lifetime achievement award
James I. Richardson, instructor and undergraduate coordinator in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, recently received the International Sea Turtle Society's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation in New Orleans.
March 13, 2014 | Research News
UGA researchers return to Gulf oil spill site
A team of researchers from the University of Georgia and other institutions will return to the Gulf of Mexico to assess the environmental impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout that discharged roughly 5 million gallons of oil into the ocean over a period of 84 days.
March 13, 2014 | General News
Media Advisory: UGA researchers to host media day before Deepwater Horizon research trip
A team of researchers from the University of Georgia and other institutions is returning to the Gulf of Mexico to assess the environmental impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout that discharged roughly 5 million gallons of oil into the ocean over a period of 84 days. Prior to departure, members of the research team, including UGA marine scientist and Deepwater Horizon expert Samantha Joye, will host a media day on the R/V Atlantis dockside in the Port of Gulfport, Miss., on March 29 from 2 to 5 p.m.
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.