Three Marine Sciences Graduate students awarded summer Research Travel Grants

Sean Anderson, Frank Ferrer-Gonzalez and Jurjen Rooze all received Summer Research Travel Grants from the UGA Graduate School. Their proposals were selected for support in a University-wide competition. These awards allow them to carry out field research, foster international collaborations, and participate in workshops and specialized training. Congratulations!

Georgia Sea Grant 2017 Research Symposium

Please join us for the 2017 Research Symposium on June 1-2 at the Graduate Hotel in Athens, Ga. The symposium will highlight Georgia Sea Grant’s research program, where Sea Grant-funded scientists from across the state will share their research findings. A reception will follow.

On day two, prospective researchers are invited to a workshop where we will provide an overview of our FY2018-2020 call of proposals and give tips and advice about preparing a strong application. Registration is required.

Please email Angela Llewllayn at by May 25 to RSVP.

First Year Student Accepted to Prestigious Summer School Overseas

Carolina Ernani da Silva, a first-year master student working with Renato Castelao, has been accepted to attend the prestigious WE-Heraeus-Summer School on Physics of the Ocean in Germany. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation is considered the most important private conveyor in the field of physics in Germany. Carolina was selected among graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from all over the world. “The Summer School will provide a unique educational and professional experience in the field of physical oceanography”, said Carolina. Congratulations, Carolina!

Rising water temperatures endanger health of coastal ecosystems, study finds

University of Georgia Marine Science biologists James Hollibaugh and Sylvia Schaefer found that rising water temperatures could disrupt ocean food webs and lead to the release of more greenhouse gases. Increasing water temperatures are responsible for the accumulation of a chemical called nitrite in marine environments throughout the world, a symptom of broader changes in normal ocean biochemical pathways that could ultimately disrupt ocean food webs.

Dr. Samantha Joye Attends EDTx Expo

Dr. Samantha Joye attended the 2017 Earth Day Texas (EDTx) Expo and Conference event in Dallas, TX April 21-23. She participated in two panels: Coral Crusaders, a panel about the dangers to and ways to help save shallow and deepwater coral ecosystems and Ocean Conservation - Thinking outside the box. She also spoke to science marchers after the Dallas Earth Day march. 

Dr. Samantha Joye Joins Discussion Panel at Harvard Natural History Museum

Human activities are causing changes in the ocean that could influence the evolution of its organisms. In this panel discussion about the impact of human activities on the ecology and evolution of marine organisms, marine scientists (including UGA Marine Science Professor Dr. Samantha Joye) discussed the impact humans have on ocean and coastal ecosystems and answered questions about actions that individuals and organizations can take to support the health of the ocean.

UGA Marine Science Professors Assist in American Academy of Microbiology Research

From the ASM blog: To address the major areas that may be affected by changing microbial processes, the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Geophysical Union convened a Colloquium in March 2016. Bringing together expert representatives from the two communities enabled a discussion to examine a number of important issues across scientific disciplines. This is the first collaboration between the two scientific societies, whose combined worldwide members number over 115,000, on this important topic. “Microbes drive essential transformations in all global elemental cycles.


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