March 2016 - UGA Marine Extension
and Georgia Sea Grant Newsletter
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Sea Grant celebrates its 50th anniversary

Athens, Georgia – In 2010, 123.3 million people, or 39 percent, of the nation’s population lived in counties directly on the shoreline. Coastal economies are a driving force for the economy of the nation as a whole, and Sea Grant has become an important part of this sector. The program regularly creates or sustains an average of 9,300 jobs and 2,825 businesses each year, and it has also provided over 1,000 fellowships to John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellows. ...More

UGA Marine Extension participates in UGA Board of Visitors meeting

Atlanta, Georgia –
 The quarterly meeting of the UGA Board of Visitors was held on February 11 in Atlanta. This group, which is made up of UGA alumni from across the state, attended a panel discussion featuring representatives from the Small Business Development Center and UGA Marine Extension. ...More

Keep Golden Isles Beautiful, partnering with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, earns national award

Brunswick, Georgia – 
Keep Golden Isles Beautiful, in partnership with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, received the organization’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Award at its national conference in Orlando. One of the top Keep America Beautiful cigarette litter prevention programs in the country, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful’s “This is Litter Too” program is one of only three affiliates to receive the prestigious award. ...More

Living shoreline on Tybee Island moves toward completion

Savannah, Georgia – UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant recently completed the construction and installation of the base layer for a living shoreline project at the Burton 4-H center on Tybee Island, a project partially funded by a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant. ...More  

EcoScapes program featured in Georgia Urban Forest Council’s 2016 issue of SHADE magazine

Brunswick, Georgia – The Georgia Urban Forest Council’s 2016 annual publication of SHADE Magazine, “Mother Nature Meets Metro Nature,” authored an article entitled “Green Infrastructure and the Stormwater Connection.” This article features EcoScapes Manager Keren Giovengo and her presentation at the Georgia Urban Forest Council's 25th annual conference in November 2015. ...More  

Apply now for UGA Marine Extension’s 2016 Georgia Shore Program

Savannah, Georgia –
 UGA Marine Extension is now accepting applications for the 2016 Georgia Shore Program. The intensive two-week summer residential program will provide up to 16 K-12 teachers and graduate students an opportunity to explore and conduct research on Georgia estuarine and barrier island systems, including Wassaw and Ossabaw Islands. ...More


April 2
SciREN Lesson Planning Workshop

April 9
Spring Migration Bird Hike

April 12
South Atlantic Living Shorelines Summit

April 13
Southeast and Caribbean Climate Community of Practice Workshop

April 16
Savannah Earth Day Festival

April 23
Third Annual Green Scene EcoFair

April 29
SciREN Georgia 2016 Networking Event

For details, check our Events calendar.



Let’s start the celebration. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed The National Sea Grant College and Program Act, establishing the Sea Grant Program. Today, the National Sea Grant College program is a network of 33 programs based at top universities in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico and Guam.

As the National Sea Grant College Program celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, it is important to take stock in what has been accomplished with this long-term partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the various states bordering significant water bodies around the country. Throughout the nation, these partnerships have yielded significant advances in knowledge, products and services that have helped coastal communities and constituents. ...More


Placement Week: A Teaser for a Year as a Knauss Fellow

By Laura Early

Last month, I traveled with two other Knauss Fellowship finalists representing Georgia Sea Grant for the 2016 Finalist Placement Week. A requirement of all finalists, the exciting week culminates in everyone being placed with the host office in which they will work for the following year. ...More


Public Service and Outreach Student Scholar
Applications are now open for the PSO Student Scholars program, a select cohort of undergraduate students that explore and engage with the University of Georgia’s public service and outreach mission. ...More

Temporary lab/research assistant
This position will be headquartered in Brunswick. ...More



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UGA Marine Extension & Georgia Sea Grant


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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.