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    Welcome to Marine Sciences and UGA

    The UGA Marine Sciences department has graduated over 100 M.S. and Ph.D. students since its formation in the mid 1990s. 

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    Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

    Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO) is a multidisciplinary research institution located on a 700 acre campus, southeast of downtown Savannah, with access to a diverse range of estuarine and coastal habitats. 

Marine Sciences

Hiring Search for Faculty Position 2023

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Data-driven Marine Conservation and Sustainability
Department of Marine Sciences
University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA) is hiring seven tenure-track faculty in Environmental Artificial Intelligence (AI)through a Presidential Faculty Hiring Initiative with four positions that started in Fall 2022, and three positions to start in August 2023. The faculty positions are distributed within Franklin College of Arts and Sciences in the Departments of GeographyMarine SciencesStatistics and Anthropology. The Environmental AI cluster will strengthen and expand UGA’s position as a global leader in atmospheric, terrestrial, and oceanic processes across wide-ranging spatial and temporal scales.
As part of the cluster hire, the Department of Marine Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in Marine Conservation and Sustainability, who applies artificial intelligence to focus on the science of protecting, recovering and sustainably using coastal and marine resources. Possible research areas include (but are not limited to) fisheries management, marine protected areas, marine biodiversity, ocean health, and coastal adaptation strategies. The candidate’s research program should involve collection and analysis of large data sets, such as those from sensor networks and automated samplers.

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Questions about the cluster: Dr. Daniela Di Iorio (, Department Head Marine Sciences
Questions about the position: search committee chair Dr. Merryl Alber (

Hiring Search for Academic Professional Associate 2023

The Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia ( seeks an Academic Professional Associate with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2023. Located on the main campus in Athens, this is a full-time, non-tenure-track, nine-month faculty position that is part of UGA’s Corps of Instructional faculty. There is a possibility of a summer appointment and stipend based on teaching, service and research interests and/or program needs. For more information about the Academic Professional rank and its promotion opportunities, please see the UGA Guidelines for the Appointment and Promotion of Academic Professionals.
The successful applicant will have strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; the ability to work effectively with students and faculty in Marine Sciences; teach undergraduate and graduate courses in pedagogy, communication or their area of scientific expertise as needed; and have a commitment to developing and executing a clear and creative vision for the management of the Marine Sciences instructional laboratory program that is inclusive of underrepresented groups. Responsibilities include: supervising instructional support personnel and Marine Sciences Graduate Teaching Assistants and managing laboratory instructional budgets for maintaining supplies and inventory; designing, developing, and implementing college-level curriculum for the Marine Sciences instructional laboratory program; and contributing to the growing Ocean Science B.S. and Marine Sciences M.S. and Ph.D. programs in general. The ideal candidate will secure funding to improve instruction and outreach programs, work with departmental faculty to develop broader impact efforts, engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and present and/or publish creative works at appropriate venues. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Science Education, or other related fields and at least one year of instructional experience.
To apply, candidates should visit and provide all requested materials: cover letter, CV, contact information for three references who can address the qualifications and responsibilities indicated above, and a personal statement (no more than three pages) outlining (1) teaching philosophy, (2) interests in scholarly opportunities and (3) experience, professional skills, and vision that would enhance diversity, equity and inclusivity in Marine Sciences. Letters of recommendation may be requested as applications are received. To guarantee full consideration, please submit application materials by January 31, 2023. We will begin reviewing applications on February 1, 2023 and will continue to do so until the position is filled. The candidate selected for hire will be required to provide original transcripts showing degrees earned and undergo a background check. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Christof Meile (


New Faculty in Machine Learning in Marine Microbial Ecology

Jaci and Adrienne

The Department of Marine Sciences welcomes Dr. Jaclyn "Jaci" Saunders and Dr. Adrienne Hoarfrost as Assistant Professors in Marine Microbial Ecology as part of a hiring cluster in Environmental Artificial Intelligence through a two year Presidential Faculty Hiring Initiative. They will use computational approaches such as 'omics, bioinformatics, modeling, and/or biostatistical techniques to investigate the effects that marine microbial ecosystems have on climate, community structure, ecosystem function or other ecological phenomena.  

New Ocean Science Undergraduate Major

The Department of Marine Sciences is pleased to announce that it is now offering a new undergraduate major in Ocean Science. Please visit the Ocean Science undergraduate major page to learn more. 

About the Department

The UGA Department of Marine Sciences has 23 full-time faculty engaged in teaching and research at the graduate and undergraduate levels, 15 of which are on the UGA main campus in Athens, GA and 10 of which are at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA.  Department of Marine Sciences faculty expertise and research interests span the oceanographic disciplines, covering the biological, chemical, physical and geological processes within the world’s oceans.

Our graduate students undertake exciting, cutting edge research. Learn more about their research and what it's like to be a marine scientist at UGA by clicking on the image below or by clicking here.

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Where in the world is UGA Marine Sciences?

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Our Graduate Programs

We offer graduate degree programs at the Ph.D. and M.S. levels with concentrations in biological, chemical, and physical oceanography. Current graduate students are conducting research in coastal ecology and processes, biological oceanography, molecular microbial ecology, sediment processes, environmental genomics, and marine ecosystem modeling.

Reflecting this breadth of interests, our alumni work in academia in both research and outreach positions, industry such as biofuels and environmental consulting, and with governmental agencies.

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