Oil Spill Update — from Baton Rouge

Skidaway Institute’s Jay Brandes is attending a conference of scientists discussing the Gulf spill in Baton Rouge, La.  Here is his first report on the meetings. This morning we had a summary by members of USGS, NOAA and NSF about what is going on in the gulf. In a word, there is a lot going… Read more »


Is the oil coming to Georgia? (Update 5-24)

Updated 2:25 pm EDT May 24 We have been getting questions over the past few days about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “Is it going to make it into the Gulf Stream, and if so, will it end up affecting the Georgia coast?” Here the current analysis from Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.… Read more »


Watch out for the polar bears!

Skidaway Institute research tech Victoria Baylor and grad student Zac Tait just returned to warm, sunny Skidaway Island from their first sample trip to Barrow, Alaska. Here is their account of their interesting trip. Our trip was part of our Professor, Dr. Marc Frischer’s, three-year project to study the effects of climate change (ie: global… Read more »


1991 tritium release prompts current salt marsh research

A release of radioactive cooling water from the Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C. provided the spark for a current research project at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. The object of the study is to test a mathematical model that can be used to predict the way particular salt marshes may interact with future spills of… Read more »


Memorial fund for Skidaway Institute professor grows

An anonymous donor has agreed to match all donations to the Peter G. Verity Memorial Fund for Ocean and Environmental Research up to a total of $10,000. The fund was created in January of this year by friends and colleagues of the late Peter Verity, a professor at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, who was… Read more »


Skidaway Institute expands coastal radar system

The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is expanding its coastal radar system with the addition of a new send-receive station on Jekyll Island. The radar system, called WERA, is used to study surface ocean currents on Georgia’s continental shelf and out as far as the Gulf Stream. The Jekyll Island unit is the third station in… Read more »


Tree thinning project in the works

We will begin a project to thin out the forest on our campus later this year. The Skidaway Institute campus consists of approximately 700 acres of mostly wooded land on the north end of Skidaway Island. Sometime over the next several months, we expect the thinning project to get underway. This will not be a… Read more »


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We produce a monthly (mostly) newsletter that is intended for our campus community. From time to time it has some interesting tid-bits. You can check it out here.


Raising docks to new heights

Our campus “mock docks” grew a little taller today. The purpose behind this project is to measure the effects different dock designs have on the underlying salt marsh. Earlier research indicated that the shadow cast by docks have a negative effect on the plant growth in the marsh surface in the dock’s “footprint.” Recently, dock… Read more »