Microbes play many vital roles in the oceans. They are crucial in the transformation and cycling of elements such as carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur; they are fundamental components of marine food webs, and although small, their activities affect global biogeochemical cycles and help regulate the global climate. Using cutting-edge technologies, faculty in the department study the diversity, structure, and function of microbial communities; how microbes affect the transformations and cycling of elements such as nitrogen and sulfur; and the ecological interactions between viruses, bacteria, and phytoplankton.
Engaging and educating students and citizens about Georgia's coasts and the world's oceans.
Exploring the deep
Exploring the deep ocean of the Gulf of Mexico using Alvin.
Birds at Sapelo Island
Either seasonally or permanently, shorebirds and indigenous species call this island home
A science platform for coastal and shelf waters in the southeast.
Exploring Climate Change
UGA marine scientists are involved in understanding how climate change affects the oceans.