UGA Department of Marine Science Skidaway Institute scientists study microbial chemical warfare

Savannah, Ga. – In the battlefield of the microbial ocean, scientists have known for some time that certain bacteria can exude chemicals that kill single-cell marine plants, known as phytoplankton. However, the identification of these chemical compounds and the reason why bacteria are producing these lethal compounds has been challenging.

UGA Marine Science Skidaway Institute research paper selected for Research Spotlight

Savannah, Ga. – A research paper by University of Georgia, Department of Marine Sciences,  Associate Professor Aron Stubbins at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography   has been selected by the Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences to be featured as a Research Spotlight on the journal’s website and in the magazine Eos. Research Spotlights summarize the the best accepted articles for the Earth and space science community.


Tiny but all-consuming marine organism focus of UGA Skidaway Institute study

Doliolids are tiny marine animals rarely seen by humans outside a research setting, yet they are key players in the marine ecosystem, particularly in the ocean’s highly productive tropical and subtropical continental margins, such as Georgia’s continental shelf. University of Georgia Department of Marine Science Professor Marc Frischer at  Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is leading a team of researchers investigating doliolids’ role as a predator in the marine food web.


Scientists track microplastic pollution on the Georgia coast

University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography Professor Jay Brandes

In recent years, the public has become attuned to the problem of trash in the ocean, especially plastic, as images of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch have spread through media and the Internet. Now, professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the Skidaway Institute of Ocean Sciences Jay Brandes is leading a team investigating another issue closer to home on the Georgia coast: microplastics.


UGA Skidaway Institute professor appointed to Ossabaw Island Foundation Board of Trustees

Interim Executive Director of Skidaway Institute of Oceanography Clark Alexander and Professor of the Department of Marine Sciences has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Ossabaw Island Foundation. 

The Ossabaw Island Foundation is a nonprofit organization responsible for educational, scientific and cultural initiatives on Ossabaw Island, a 26,000-acre barrier island on the Georgia coast.

UGA Skidaway Institute’s Alexander honored by coastal environmental group

Interim Executive Director Clark Alexander of Skidaway Institute of Ocean Sciences and Professor of the Department of Marine Sciences has been honored by the coastal environmental group One Hundred Miles as one of the group’s One Hundred Miles 100. The list is the first recognition of its kind to honor 100 individuals and organizations for their efforts to support the health, vitality and future of Georgia’s 100-mile coastline. Alexander was selected within the Researchers and Innovators category.


Julia Diaz: Co- authored study

Julia Diaz, Assistant Professor with the Department of Marine Sciences at Skidaway Institue of Oceanography, has co-authored an article titled "Species-specific control of external superoxide levels by the coral holobiont during a natural bleaching event", which was recently published by the Nature Communications journal. The paper is about the production of superoxide, a form of reactive oxygen, by various coral species on a natural reef, and potential impacts on coral health. Check below for the link to read more about this study.


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