February 2016 - UGA Marine Extension
and Georgia Sea Grant Newsletter
Volume 2 | Issue 2
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I hope each of you is staying warm. Spring is right around the corner, and I am looking forward to it. This month, I had the opportunity to meet some future marine conservationists at the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit and the College of Coastal Georgia Symposium on Coastal Ecology and Management. I am happy to say, our future is bright. At the summit, we had more than 40 middle and high school students who gave up their Saturday to learn about coastal issues and how to empower and motivate others to address these issues. Each of these students then developed plans for everything from fundraising to communications to implementing these changes at the local level. It was impressive! On top of that, the entire summit was organized by our marine education interns, who only recently graduated from college. They did a fantastic job.  

At the Coastal Ecology and Management symposium, over 15 college students gave poster presentations on their internships and service projects related to marine issues, and they were impressive as well. For many of these projects, the students worked hand in hand with our research scientists and extension specialists.

Finally, I had the opportunity to attend the Grey’s Reef Ocean film festival and was surprised by the nearly sold-out crowd of mostly Savannah residents who are concerned about coastal issues. With public support like this and motivated, concerned youth, I am optimistic about our future.  Enjoy this month’s newsletter!

Dr. Mark Risse
Director, UGA Marine Extension & Georgia Sea Grant

Registration for 2016 Summer Marine Science Camp now open

Savannah, Georgia –
 The UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium will open online registration for all 2016 summer camp sessions starting Feb. 15, 2016. Our summer camp sessions emphasize marine science and coastal ecology while nurturing the curiosity and stewardship potential in each child. Sessions are available for children ages 6 – 15, with each camp session focusing on hands-on, feet-in lab and field activities appropriate for each age group.  ...More

Lefty the loggerhead joins the UGA Aquarium

Savannah, Georgia – 
The UGA Aquarium welcomes its newest sea turtle hatchling, Lefty. A loggerhead sea turtle, Lefty hatched on September 18, 2015 on Ossabaw Island. ...More

Second annual Youth Ocean Conservation Summit is a success

Savannah, Georgia – UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant hosted Georgia’s second annual Youth Ocean Conservation Summit on January 30 on Skidaway Island with over 35 middle and high school students from around Georgia and several other southeastern states. ...More  

UGA Marine Extension welcomes Public Service and Outreach student scholars

Athens, Georgia – Three University of Georgia Public Service and Outreach Student Scholars are interning this spring with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant as part of their yearlong commitment to service-learning initiatives. ...More  

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant celebrate and plan for 2016 at annual meeting

Savannah, Georgia –
 On January 27, the University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant held its annual meeting at the UGA Aquarium on Skidaway Island. There was a moment of celebration for accomplishments both large and small: from successful events, such as fixing up the R/V Sea Dawg after it was damaged by a lightning storm to the opening of Georgia’s first Oyster Hatchery. ...More


February 26
19th Annual Georgia Organics Conference and Expo

March 1
“Bag It” Screening at the Historic Ritz Theatre

March 5
Saturday Exploration at the UGA Aquarium: Dolphin Study- Savannah, Ga.

March 8
Sea Grant’s 50th Anniversary Launch- Washington DC

March 19
4th Annual Jekyll Island Green Screen- Jekyll Island, Ga.

April 12
South Atlantic Living Shorelines Summit

April 13
Southeast and Caribbean Climate Community of Practice Workshop

For details, check our Events calendar.


Impacts of pharmaceuticals and personal products on coastal microbial communities

By Keri Lydon

My assistantship has brought me to one of the best places I have ever had the joy of conducting research: coastal Georgia. Though our drive from Athens to Brunswick is long, I look forward to my monthly journey out on the boat with Marty, Lisa and Katy to collect samples in the Frederica River and Dunbar Creek. ...More


Georgia Sea Grant Marine Education Internship
Apply for a 50-week paid internship to train and work at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island, near Savannah.  ...More


The EcoScapes Demonstration Garden recently received the Clean Sweep Award from Keep Golden Isles Beautiful for the 2015 Fourth Quarter. The organization presented this award to Keren Giovengo, EcoScapes Program Manager, on January 20. ...More



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UGA Marine Extension
Georgia Sea Grant


UGA Marine Extension & Georgia Sea Grant


UGA Marine Extension
Georgia Sea Grant


UGA Marine Extension
Georgia Sea Grant

The University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant are state and federal partners dedicated to conducting research, education and outreach to enhance coastal environmental, social and economic sustainability.

As units of the Office of Public Service and Outreach, we help improve public resource policy, encourage far-sighted economic and fisheries decisions, anticipate vulnerabilities to change and educate citizens to be wise stewards of the coastal environment.