Department of Marine Sciences at University of Georgia

Department of Marine Sciences at University of Georgia Welcome to the official UGA Marine Sciences Department Page! Keep in contact with former and current students, staff, and faculty.

The UGA Department of Marine Sciences has 14 full-time faculty located on the Athens campus and 12 full-time located on the Savannah (SkIO) campus engaged in teaching and research at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Faculty research interests range from the ecology of bacteria and phytoplankton, to inorganic and organic biogeochemistry, to ecosystem dynamics modeling and ocean acoustics. We offer graduate degree programs at the Ph.D. and M.S. levels with concentrations in biological, chemical, and physical oceanography. Current graduate students are conducting research in coastal ecology and processes, biological oceanography, molecular microbial ecology, sediment processes, environmental genomics, and marine ecosystem modeling. Reflecting this breadth of interests, our alumni work in academia in both research and outreach positions, industry such as biofuels and environmental consulting, and with governmental agencies. The Department of Marine Sciences participates in the undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies Program, the Water Resources Graduate Certificate Program, and the Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering Certificate Program.

Medeiros lab work on Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) on the coast of Georgia is highlighted in Eos! DOM supports aquatic ...
06/07/2019
American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Medeiros lab work on Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) on the coast of Georgia is highlighted in Eos! DOM supports aquatic food webs and holds as much carbon as the atmosphere. A new study tracks which sources and processes play the biggest role in coastal systems. American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Research Spotlight: Hurricane Matthew brought twice as much dissolved carbon to the Georgia coastline as the year’s maximum.

https://eos.org/research-spotlights/tracking-dissolved-organic-matter-in-coastal-ecosystems

A new study examines how sediments from human activities like bottom trawling for fish, are affecting different species ...
06/05/2019
Fishing activity near marine protected areas affects the feeding ability of sponges

A new study examines how sediments from human activities like bottom trawling for fish, are affecting different species of reef-building glass sponges in northern British Columbia, Canada.

May 9, 2019 – A new study examines how sediments from human activities like bottom trawling for fish, are affecting glass sponges in British Columbia, Canada.

Today at 4pm, NOAA will host a webinar about online educational resources that are available to support an upcoming expe...
06/04/2019

Today at 4pm, NOAA will host a webinar about online educational resources that are available to support an upcoming expedition. Dr. Edith Widder will host the webinar, and she’s an American Oceanographer preparing to study bioluminescence and vision capabilities of organisms in the ocean's twilight zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tomorrow, June 4, at 4 pm ET, join NOAA and Dr. Edie Widder for a Webinar for Educators focused on the upcoming expedition, Journey into Midnight - Light and Life Below the Twilight Zone. During this mission in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists will study bioluminescence and vision capabilities of the organisms that live there -- what they learn is sure to be illuminating!

This 60-minute webinar will provide an introduction to the expedition and associated education resources available online. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8902228179294145281

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
06/03/2019
UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

Jennifer Gay, an associate professor in the UGA College of Public Health, is studying the impact of volunteer litter cleanups on the environment and human health in coastal communities.

As part of the project, Gay is collaborating with Water Quality Program Coordinator Katy Smith to recruit volunteers in Brunswick, St. Simons and Jekyll to wear monitoring equipment that collects data on physical activity during cleanups. Learn more about the project and find out how you can get involved!

05/30/2019
Avantgardens

Your #creatureoftheday is this beautiful Blanket Octopus. Check out the link in the comments for more facts, diet and habitat information.

Spectacular Blanket octopus (Tremoctopus spp)
Credit: Joseph Elayani

Horseshoe crabs are spawning on Sapelo Island, and the Sapelo Island Natural Estuarine Reserve are busy tagging horsesho...
05/29/2019

Horseshoe crabs are spawning on Sapelo Island, and the Sapelo Island Natural Estuarine Reserve are busy tagging horseshoe crabs for a project.

Horseshoe crab spawning season on Sapelo Island. Helping out the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Reserve with a horseshoe crab tagging project.

If you’re still searching for classes to finish out our Fall schedule, consider MARS 3550 Life in Fluids with Dr. Burd...
05/24/2019

If you’re still searching for classes to finish out our Fall schedule, consider MARS 3550 Life in Fluids with Dr. Burd (taught Tue & Thur 9:30am-10:45am). This class will explore the interactions between organisms and their environment, and how those interactions affect an organism’s structure and function.

Great news for Athens! The Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Commission unanimously voted to adopt a community wide goal of 100...
05/23/2019
Athens-Clarke County Commits to 100 Percent Clean and Renewable Energy

Great news for Athens! The Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Commission unanimously voted to adopt a community wide goal of 100 percent clean and renewable electricity by 2035. The vote means Athens will join Atlanta, Augusta, and Clarkston in the transition away from energy sources that pollute the environment and contribute to climate change.

Athens, GA -- Tonight, the Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Commission unanimously voted to adopt a community wide goal of 100 percent clean and renewable electricity by 2035.

Professor Marc Frischer, from the University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, is investigating tiny oc...
05/21/2019
The tiny animal at the centre of the marine ecosystem - Futurum

Professor Marc Frischer, from the University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, is investigating tiny ocean creatures known as doliolids and the food they eat. His research can help us understand their role in ocean food webs and the impact climate change could cause

Professor of oceanography, Marc Frischer works on doliolids - tiny creatures which play a critical role in marine food webs – to find out what they eat.

The Ocean Initiative Club started in Fall 2017 by Lizzy Ashley who is interested in marine conservation. Some of the foc...
05/20/2019
Ocean Initiative Club offers home for UGA students passionate about marine conservation

The Ocean Initiative Club started in Fall 2017 by Lizzy Ashley who is interested in marine conservation. Some of the focuses include sustainable seafood, eliminating single-use plastics, and recognizing climate change and ocean acidification. Ocean Initiative believes that to solve conservation issues, everyone must become conscious and alter their daily choices.

This student-led organization is made up of members who feel strongly about protecting marine life. These students are focused on informing UGA and the Athens community on the way that

An American explorer found plastic waste on the seafloor while breaking the record for the deepest ever dive.
05/17/2019
Deepest-ever sub dive finds plastic waste

An American explorer found plastic waste on the seafloor while breaking the record for the deepest ever dive.

An American explorer finds plastic waste on the seafloor while breaking the record for the deepest ever dive.

05/15/2019

The Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is looking for a part time Fisheries Technician over the summer! The position involves working closely with Fisheries Biologists and provides valuable experience working for the state. No prior fisheries experience is required. If you are interested, contact Chris Nelson for more information, at [email protected], or call at (706)-557-3344.

05/14/2019

If you're looking for an opportunity to gain experience in sea-going oceanography, then consider applying to assist on this three day cruise aboard the RV Savannah.

A research cruise aboard the RV Savannah has been organized to conduct a hydrographic survey of water conditions on the mid- to outer-shelf off the Georgia coast. We are seeking upper undergraduate and graduate student volunteers interested in obtaining experience in seagoing oceanography to participate in the cruise. Preference will be given to students enrolled in USG institutions.
The cruise is scheduled to depart from Skidaway Institute of Oceanography on Monday, May 20that 6PM and return late on Thursday night, May 23rd. Because we cannot predict sea conditions in advance, there is the possibility that the cruise dates could shift to May 21st-24th. Students’ travel schedules should be sufficiently flexible to allow for that possibility. While at sea, participants will be provided with food, lodging and safety gear. If the cruise departure is delayed, housing will be provided for participants at the Skidaway Institute on Monday night.
The objective of this cruise is to search for evidence of deep water upwelling onto the Georgia shelf. After initial training, the students will be expected to operate the instrumentation and deploy the sampling gear (CTD rosette) while underway. The work is not physically demanding, but it requires some physical dexterity and attention to detail. Questions about cruise activities should be directed to William Savidge ([email protected]). Contact Dr. Savidge with questions or expressions of interest by Wednesday, May 15th. Spaces are limited so do not delay if you want to take advantage of this opportunity. Successful applicants will be provided with a suggested list of personal items to bring.

An annual survey released today by the Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources s...
05/07/2019
Georgia's coastal environment improves health in new report card

An annual survey released today by the Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources shows the state’s coastal environment improved its ecological health in 2018.

Brunswick, Ga.Thursday, April 25, 2019 An annual survey released today by the Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources shows the state’s coastal environment improved its ecological health in 2018. The Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card scored the state’s...

05/06/2019

Have you ever wanted to dive with whale sharks, manta rays, sea turtles and thousands of other creatures? MARS 4740/6740 Scientific Diving I course did just that on their recent open water dive at the Georgia Aquarium as part of their course requirement. If you’re still searching for classes to take in fall, then suit up and take this course next semester! There are no prerequisites for the course as it’s an entry-level course designed to teach students the fundamentals of scuba diving as well as underwater scientific research methods.

It’s nesting season for loggerhead turtles, and Friday, a clutch of eggs buried on Cumberland Island opened Georgia’...
05/03/2019
Loggerhead sea turtle nest found on Cumberland Island marks start of nesting season

It’s nesting season for loggerhead turtles, and Friday, a clutch of eggs buried on Cumberland Island opened Georgia’s 31st year of comprehensive nest monitoring.

It’s nesting season for loggerhead turtles, and Friday, a clutch of eggs buried on Cumberland Island opened Georgia’s 31st year of comprehensive nest monitoring.

University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oeanography scientist Marc Frischer was recently featured in a magazine and ...
05/02/2019
UGA Skidaway Institute researcher offers career insight to future scientists - Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oeanography scientist Marc Frischer was recently featured in a magazine and online article discussing his work and offering guidance to young people interested in science.

University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oeanography scientist Marc Frischer was recently featured in a magazine and online article discussing his work and offering guidance to young people interested in science. This article was produced by Futurum, a magazine and online platform aimed at inspir...

Teachers looking to include conservation and ecology in their curriculum, should consider going on a virtual dive of Gra...
05/01/2019
Gray's Reef: GPB Live Exploration

Teachers looking to include conservation and ecology in their curriculum, should consider going on a virtual dive of Gray's Reef. In this 30 minute video from the University of Georgia's Marine Education Center and Aquarium in Savannah, GA, students will learn about the animals that call Gray’s Reef home, how the seafloor serves as a habitat, and ways they can help protect the reef from major threats. Supplemental classroom resources are also available.

GPB Live Exploration: Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Join us May 10th at 10 a.m.! GPB Education will be live streaming from the University of Georgia's Marine Education Center and Aquarium in Savannah, GA.

Dr. Jessica L. O’Connell, who is a candidate for appointment as an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of M...
04/29/2019
Spatiotemporal patterns and drivers of Spartina alterniflora phenology and belowground biomass | Marine Sciences & Oceanography at University of Georgia - Athens, Georgia

Dr. Jessica L. O’Connell, who is a candidate for appointment as an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Marine Sciences, will present a seminar entitled “Spatiotemporal patterns and drivers of Spartina alterniflora phenology and belowground biomass” today in Room 261 of the Marine Sciences building at 12:20 AM. The seminar will be transmitted to SkIO via teleconference.

Jessica O'Connell Department of Marine Sciences University of Georgia Mon, 04/29/2019 - 12:20pm 261 Marine Science Bldg Seminars Athens Events Detailed information on vegetation phenology in salt marshes is useful for understanding patterns in plant production and carbon sequestration. I used high-f...

Join Odum School of Ecology for a day-long symposium of research talks and seminars at Symbiofest. Students and research...
04/25/2019

Join Odum School of Ecology for a day-long symposium of research talks and seminars at Symbiofest. Students and researchers will present a series of 10 minute presentations on some aspect of their symbiotic (mutualistic, parasitic, commensal) research. This year's featured speaker is Andréa G. Grottoli, professor in the School of Life Sciences at The Ohio State University who present a talk on “Coral Reefs and Climate Change: How will they Survive?”

Schedule:
8:30 AM Coffee and pastries
9:00 AM Presentations (with coffee break in the middle)
12:00-1:00 Seminar: Andrea Grotolli “Coral Reefs and Climate Change: How will they survive?”
1:00-3:00 Lunch
3:00-5:30 Presentations (with coffee break in the middle)
6:30 PM Happy Hour and Dinner

Sharks costs shrimpers thousands of dollars a year by destroying expensive equipment, but research being done on how sha...
04/24/2019
Shark Research Could Help Ga. Shrimpers

Sharks costs shrimpers thousands of dollars a year by destroying expensive equipment, but research being done on how sharks see and sense what’s around them may also benefit Georgia shrimpers.

The movie “Jaws” famously shows us a shark’s eye view of swimmers in the water, their legs kicking while the shark prepares to attack. We know that sharks

04/23/2019
ABC News

ABC News

A stunning sight off Hawaii as drone footage captures a pod of humpback whales swimming up the coast on Easter Sunday. https://abcn.ws/2XBKRHc

Until now, scientists knew more about Mars than the deepest part of the ocean. But an expedition to collect samples of t...
04/23/2019
Unique oil-eating bacteria found in world's deepest ocean trench, Mariana Trench

Until now, scientists knew more about Mars than the deepest part of the ocean. But an expedition to collect samples of the microbial population at the deepest part of the Mariana Trench (some 11,000 meters down) has revealed a new 'oil-eating' bacteria.

Research that reveals what lies at the bottom of the deepest part of the ocean -- the Mariana Trench. Until now, scientists knew more about Mars than the deepest part of the ocean. But an expedition to collect samples of the microbial population at the deepest part of the Mariana Trench (some 11,000...

Newborn fish are mistaking tiny bits of trash for food. If they die, there’ll be fewer big fish—and that could rattl...
04/22/2019
Baby fish are eating plastic. We don't know the consequences

Newborn fish are mistaking tiny bits of trash for food. If they die, there’ll be fewer big fish—and that could rattle the food chain.

Newborn fish are mistaking tiny bits of trash for food. If they die, there’ll be fewer big fish—and that could rattle the food chain.

The next (and last) seminar in the spring semester seminar series will be presented next Monday by Professor Mark Hay fr...
04/19/2019
Seminar- Curing Environmental Collapse? Challenges and Opportunities due to Ecosystem Tipping Points | Marine Sciences & Oceanography at University of Georgia - Athens, Georgia

The next (and last) seminar in the spring semester seminar series will be presented next Monday by Professor Mark Hay from the School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Tech. Professor Hay's seminar is entitled "Curing Environmental Collapse? Challenges and Opportunities due to Ecosystem Tipping Points" and will be presented on Monday 22 April at 12:20 in Room 261 Marine Sciences and by teleconference to the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.

Mark Hay Department of Ocean Science and Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology http://pwp.gatech.edu/haylab/ Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:20pm 261 Marine Science Bldg. Seminars Athens Events

Harvey Plankton Lab
04/18/2019
Harvey Plankton Lab

Harvey Plankton Lab

A great new paper out from Sean Anderson and the Harvey Lab! Sean did a dilution experiment every week for a year, and saw some really interesting relationships between rates and temperature. Excellent job, Sean!

04/17/2019

Students still looking for courses to take in Summer should consider taking our new online course MARS1021e Marine Biology. This class will fulfill the GenEd requirement and the Environmental Literacy requirement for undergraduate students. The course was designed to meet the needs of non-science majors and will focus on coastal life in the South Eastern US with an emphasis on commonly encountered marine life in our region. Students will be able to suggest topics they are interested in for inclusion in the last part of the course. Contact Dr. Catherine Teare Ketter at [email protected] for more information.

04/12/2019

Looking to improve your scientific diving skills over the summer? Consider taking MARS 4750/6750 Scientific Diving II during the Maymester! These classes are designed to teach students the fundamentals of scuba diving and underwater scientific research methods. At the end of the course, students will be eligible to earn advanced open water certification and be prepared to participate in a scientific diver research program.

A team of deep-sea biologist discovered two new species of deep-sea corals during a September 2018 expedition in the Nor...
04/11/2019
New Species of Deep-Sea Corals Discovered in Atlantic Marine Monument

A team of deep-sea biologist discovered two new species of deep-sea corals during a September 2018 expedition in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument, located about 100 miles from the Northeast U.S. coast

DNA analysis recently confirmed that Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists and their collaborators at OceanX, the University of Connecticut (UConn), and NASAâ  s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) discovered two new species of deep-sea corals during a September 2018 expedition i...

Graduate students interested in turning their thesis/dissertation into a published book, should join UGA Grad Studies in...
04/09/2019

Graduate students interested in turning their thesis/dissertation into a published book, should join UGA Grad Studies in the Tate Center at 2pm today.

TOMORROW: Presenters will discuss best practices for graduate students who are considering turning their UGA electronic thesis or dissertation (ETD) into the content of their first book. #GSAW19

Address

325 Sanford Dr
Athens, GA
30602

General information

twitter: @UGA_MarineSci instagram: ugamarinescience

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(706) 542-7671

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Department of Marine Sciences at University of Georgia posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The University

Send a message to Department of Marine Sciences at University of Georgia:

Videos

Nearby universities


Other Colleges & Universities in Athens

Show All