Congratulations Rachel Wang!

Shiyu Rachel Wang successfully defended her MS thesis on “Aquatic metabolism in a salt marsh dominated estuary - the O2 and CO2 journeys”. Her work combined measurements of inorganic carbon in tidal creeks with the quantification of water exchange and air-sea gas fluxes to establish a carbon budget in the Duplin River, Sapelo Island. Congratulations Rachel!

Oil dispersants can suppress natural oil-degrading microorganisms, new study shows

Athens, GA. – The use of chemical dispersants meant to stimulate microbial crude oil degradation can in some cases inhibit the microorganisms that naturally degrade hydrocarbons, according to a new study led by University of Georgia marine scientists. Their findings are based on laboratory-simulated conditions that mimic Gulf of Mexico deep waters immediately following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Read more here.

Congratulations Dr. Dornhoffer!

Thomas Dornhoffer successfully defended his PhD dissertation on Nov 5. The goal of his work was to investigate the impacts of benthic fauna across multiple scales, with particular emphasis on the importance of benthic fauna for solute fluxes across the sediment-water interface, and for nitrogen removal at the interface between the terrestrial and marine environments. Congratulations Dr. Dornhoffer!


Our awesome students!

The Marine Sciences Graduate Student Association (MSGSA) was represented by Yu Wang, Ian Adams, Maria Letourneau, Frank Ferrer-Gonzalez, Maite Ghazaleh, Courtney Thomas, Linquan Mu (pictured from left to right), and Xiaojia He (taking the photo) at Scary Oozy Slimy Day at Sandy Creek Nature Center last weekend.  At our booth we let the kids make their own worms in a tube, touch marine animals, and play a matching game about ocean creatures - it was a hit! Check for more pictures here.

Dissertation Defense - "A Tale of Two Scales: Insights into the impacts of benthic fauna on nutrient cycling"

Abstract: Global biodiversity has been decreasing globally and at times at an unprecedented rate. The alarming loss of keystone species can at times outpace research documenting their effects on their ecosystems. Making the link between benthic communities and ecosystem functions requires not only extensive field research, but also  an understanding of the mechanisms that link fauna and their effects on nutrient cycling.

Children’s book by UGA marine science professor donated to Georgia public libraries

State Librarian Julie Walker, left, and University of Georgia marine sciences professor Merryl Alber hold up “And the Tide Comes In,” a children’s book on salt marshes now available at every public library in the state

Over 400 Georgia public libraries received donated copies of an educational children's book written by University of Georgia department of marine sciences professor Merryl Alber. "And the Tide Comes In" focuses on teaching children about salt marshes.

The book is just one product of the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research project, funded by the National Science Foundation. Read more here.


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