January 2016 - UGA Marine Extension
and Georgia Sea Grant Newsletter
Volume 2 | Issue 1
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Happy New Year! After some well-deserved family time over the holidays, it is always nice to start a new year off energized and ready to go. Resolutions are also associated with the New Year.

At UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, we start every year by submitting annual reports from the previous year, reviewing faculty and staff evaluations and making plans for the coming year. This year is especially important because we will be celebrating Sea Grant’s 50th anniversary and embarking on updating our strategic plan.  

Each of you can expect to hear from us over the coming year as we solicit input on the critical issues in coastal Georgia and develop plans to address them. We resolve to ask for your feedback and take your input seriously. We also resolve to continue improving our programs and develop new ones to meet the needs of our various audiences. Finally, I resolve to always appreciate the opportunities I have been given. I get to lead an organization of dedicated public servants who are passionate about helping the people of Georgia. I get to work with fishermen and shrimpers, city and county government officials, students and children and some of Georgia’s best and brightest researchers to help solve critical problems. And I get to do all of this with support from folks just like you. Indeed, I am a pretty lucky guy.

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

UGA Public Service and Outreach sponsors special edition of Journal of Marine Education

Athens, Georgia –
 UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant coordinated a special issue of Current: The Journal of Marine Education, supported in part by the UGA Office of Public Service and Outreach. Edited by Mare Timmons, Georgia Sea Grant internship director, this special issue highlights how the University of Georgia engages communities and creates effective education programs. ...More

UGA takes part in Georgia Coastal and Sportsmen’s Day

Atlanta, Georgia – 
UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant recently participated in the 14th annual Georgia Coastal and Sportsmen’s Day at the Georgia State Capitol. This annual event provides an opportunity for dialog and education on fishing, hunting and coastal conservation issues. ...More

UGA Aquarium named Savannah Local Favorite 2015

Savannah, Georgia – The UGA Aquarium has been picked by The Culture Trip, a global online magazine that features art, culture, food and travel destinations, as a 2015 Savannah Local Favorite. ...More  

4th annual Jekyll Island Green Screen

Jekyll Island, Georgia – Save the date for the 2016 Jekyll Island Green Screen, which features award-winning documentary films and a coastal research poster session, that will be held on March 19, 2016. Film selections will be announced soon. This year, the free event will be held at the Jekyll Island Clubs Morgan Center. ...More  

UGA Marine Extension educates elementary school students on living shorelines

Savannah, Georgia –
 UGA Marine Extension faculty member Mare Timmons hosted a workshop for elementary school teachers and their students to develop an environmental stewardship program on living shorelines for their classrooms. Teachers brought their students to UGA Marine Extension’s living shoreline salt marsh where they learned how to harvest Spartina alterniflora seeds to grow in their classroom. ...More


January 30
2nd Annual Youth Ocean Conservation Summit- Savannah, Ga.

February 7
Super Museum Sunday 2016- Savannah, Ga.

February 10
Pruning and Tree Care Workshop- Brunswick, Ga.

February 18- 20
Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture: Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast. A Symposium- Savannah, Ga.

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.

For details, check our Events calendar.


One hundred reasons why I love my job

I feel the salt spray on my face and instantly smile--another day at “the office.”  Today, I am aboard the Schlein, assisting with diversity study of plants and animals on Cabbage Island, a small barrier island off the Savannah coast. ...More


Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
Register now for the state’s second annual Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, to be held January 30, 2016, at the UGA Aquarium on Skidaway Island, near Savannah. ...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

Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
Apply for a one-year paid fellowship in Washington D.C. with a legislative or executive office of the federal government. ...More

NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship
Two opportunities are available:
- NMFS-Sea Grant Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellowship
- NMFS-Sea Grant Marine Resource Economics Fellowship ...More



Whether you volunteer at an oyster-bagging or marsh cleanup event or make a financial contribution, your involvement makes a difference in our efforts. Help us extend our reach.

We appreciate your generosity.



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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.