July 2015 - UGA Marine Extension
and Georgia Sea Grant Newsletter
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Georgia Sea Grant passes program review by National Sea Grant

Savannah, Ga. – The Georgia Sea Grant College Program passed its five-year program review by National Sea Grant, following a two-day site visit by a federally appointed Site Review Team. ... more


Teachers explore Sapelo Island in GCE-LTER Schoolyard program

Sapelo Island, Ga. – The 2015 Georgia Coastal EcoSystems Schoolyard summer workshop for teachers was held July 11-18, and was based at the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island. ... more

Three UGA graduate students awarded 2016 Knauss Fellowships

Athens, Ga. Three University of Georgia graduate students studying ecology and marine science have been selected for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. The students were nominated by Georgia Sea Grant. ... more

EcoScapes program hosts National Pollinator Week event

Brunswick, Ga. – The UGA EcoScapes Program native plant demonstration garden was abuzz with activity at the fourth annual celebration of National Pollinator Week. Despite the scorching heat, more than 60 people attended. ... more

Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program selects fellows for Summer 2015

Athens, Ga. – UGA Law School students Joseph Patrick “J.P.” Hackney and Emily C. Wyche have been selected to serve as legal fellows with the Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program for summer 2015. ... more

Beach Week teaches beachgoers about environment and critters

Katy Smith (right) of UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant and Lea King-Badyna of Keep Golden Isles Beautiful helped kickoff Beach Week 2015. The annual event is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to educate visitors and residents about the beach environment and the critters that inhabit it. The three-day event was held on Jekyll, St. Simons and Tybee islands.


More news...

  • Our 2014-15 Georgia Sea Grant Marine Education Interns are featured in an episode of Eco Sense for Living focusing on "Young Eco Heroes."
  • UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant are collaborating with Erin Lipp and Keri Lydon to evaluate impacts from pharmaceutical and personal care products, particularly triclosan, in Georgia’s coastal waters, wastewater, sediments and oysters. Lipp was awarded a 2015 PSO Fellowship and Lydon was awarded a 2015 PSO Graduate Assistantship. Educational curricula and materials for K-12 and the public will be developed from the findings.
  • Mare Timmons is featured in reports for GPB and WSAV about shark safety on the Georgia coast.
  • The Flying Debris children’s books have been donated to Pennsylvania’s Central Bucks School District, one for each elementary school and the Doylestown Library. The 16 books were requested by Alexis Matt, who was the fifth-grade teacher of Ed Hose, co-author and illustrator of The Flying Debris. ...more


August 14
Christopher Cornelison of Georgia State University and Pete Pattavina of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will share research on bats and the white-nose syndrome killing the animals in North America.

August 19
Georgia Flood MAP Program invites residents of Camden, Glynn, Long and McIntosh counties to view draft maps in advance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Preliminary Issuance of the Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Brunswick

August 20
Georgia Flood MAP Program invites residents of Bryan, Chatham, Liberty and Effingham counties to its Draft Map Review Meeting. Savannah

For details, check our Events calendar.



Georgia Sea Grant is helping St. Marys, Ga., join the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS) for the first time. CRS is a voluntary federal program that rewards flood resiliency planning by lowering property owners’ flood insurance rates. Our role in the St. Marys project has been facilitated by Local Government Outreach Coordinator Kelly Spratt and Assistant Coordinator Madeleine Russell.



Ray Bodrey, Marine Resource Specialist in the Water Quality Program, successfully defended his Master of Science thesis last month in the Soil and Water Science Program at the University of Florida. His nonpoint source pollution project was funded by a Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Incentive Grant.

Chrissie Brady
, our 2014-2015 UGA Public Service and Outreach Student Scholar and current Summer Marine Science Camp instructor, has been selected as an "Amazing Student” by the University of Georgia.



NOAA Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program
(due July 24)

Hiring: Stormwater Specialist/Public Service Assistant
(due July 31)



The University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant are a state and federal partnership 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.



We need your support to help us continue our outreach work in coastal Georgia and throughout the state. Whether you volunteer at an oyster-bagging or marsh cleanup event, or make a financial contribution, your involvement makes a difference in our efforts to address environmental, social and economic sustainability. Help us extend our reach. We appreciate your generosity.



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