Mandy Joye elected AGU Fellow

Mandy Joye was elected a 2017 AGU Fellow, an honor given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and gained prominence in their respective fields of Earth and space sciences. Samantha Joye has always contributed so much to the department, and it's amazing to watch all of the exciting things she can accomplish- congratulations, Mandy!

This news has also made the UGA Today page! Read it here.

Grad Student wins 1st Place for poster at 2017 Metabolic Pathway Analysis Meeting

Xiaojia He won 1st place for his poster entitled "Inferring the mechanism of anaerobic oxidation of methane using reactive transport modeling" at the Metabolic Pathway Analysis 2017 Meeting in Bozeman, MT. MPA 2017 focused on computational approaches to decode biological principles found in ‘omics’ data sets and spanned the gamut of fundamental and applied biology including biofuels, photosynthesis, multicellular systems, environmental nutrient cycles, and human health.

Former Hollibaugh Lab Intern Moves on to University of Oregon’s SPUR Program

Ms. Aimee Oyinlade Oyekan, a UGA Biology major shown here with Professor Hollibaugh, graduated this spring and is now an intern at the University of Oregon’s SPUR program (  Ms. Oyekan worked as a student intern in Dr. Hollibaugh’s laboratory during spring semester 2017 on an NSF-funded project to understand the biology of a group of single-celled microbes (Thaumarchaeota) and nitrogen cycling on the Georgia coast.  Ms. Oyekan intends to pursue a graduate degree in environmental studies.

Professor Hollibaugh studies Mono Lake, California

Professor Hollibaugh recently went on a trip to sample arsenic metabolizing microbes in Mono Lake, California.  Mono Lake contains large concentrations (200 mM total arsenic) as a result of geothermal activity in the watershed.  Arsenic has accumulated in the lake since the end of the ice age when evaporation of water from the lake exceeded the sum of fresh water inputs.  Arsenic redox reactions now play a significant role in the net ecosystem metabolism of the lake and in the microbial geochemistry of the lake, as described in a recent publication from Prof Hollibaugh’s laboratory.

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.


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