New grant $$$

Jim Sanders and Bill Savidge are co-PIs for a $145,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the construction of two flowing seawater laboratories in which air temperature, seawater temperature, and light can be controlled to modest tolerances. The grant will also cover the purchase and installation of two walk-in environmental rooms that will provide… Read more »

 

No, they are not sculptures!

We have some weird looking structures on our campus these days. Whereas our carpenter, Harry Carter, may consider them works of art, that is not their real purpose. These “mock docks” are part of a research project by one of our scientists, Clark Alexander. He is trying to determine what effect some new dock designs… Read more »

 

Hot summer internships

We have a group of five interns from Clark-Atlanta University and Spelman College just finishing up a two-month internship with Dick Lee’s aquaculture project. Here you can see research tech Karrie Brinkley (3 from right) working with (l-r) Diamond Carr (Clark Atlanta), Matilda Young (Clark Atlanta), Chanelle West (Spelman) , Jolill Ross (Spelman) and Ashley… Read more »

 

Summer activities at Skidaway

Things are fairly busy around the Skidaway Institute campus this summer. The most obvious activity is the construction on our new laboratory building. The state general assembly approved $5 million in bonds for its construction in the 2006 session. We actually held a ceremonial groundbreaking last December, but the bull dozers didn’t show up until… Read more »

 

We hate to brag, but…

The employees here at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography were just honored with a very nice recognition.  Skidaway Institute won Georgia’s “Governor’s Cup” which is awarded annually to five state agencies who make the greatest contribution to the State Charitable Contribution Campaign. (That is essentially the state government version of United Way.) Our employees won the… Read more »

 

Algae could be key to new energy source

by James Sanders Director, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography Biofuel from algae has re-emerged in the news as a promising alternative to traditional sources of energy. Many experts believe that algae will eventually surpass all other biofuel feedstocks as the cheapest and most environmentally-friendly way to produce liquid fuel. Corn is currently the only commercially-viable source… Read more »

 

Skidaway scientist is published in prestigious journal

Mike Sullivan writes: One of our professors, Jay Brandes, just had an article published in the journal “Science.” That is one of the “big ones.” Here is the full information, as we sent it out to the news media. Skidaway Institute professor published in ‘Science.’ Skidaway Institute of Oceanography professor Jay Brandes is the co-author… Read more »

 

Waves, currents and radar

One of our scientists, Dana Savidge, recently received a $180,000 grant from the Georgia Research Alliance to continue with the development of a coastal radar system. This high frequency radar system is built around two transmit-receive stations, one in South Carolina and the other on a coastal island south of Savannah, and is designed to… Read more »

 

Great day on Ossabaw Island!

We took a trip to Ossabaw Island yesterday, and it was a very memorable experience. I am posting some photos. As you probably know, you can click the photos to see a larger version. We took reporter Charles Gray and photographer Ricardo Thomas from WTOC-TV (CBS) and reporter Chuck Mobley and photographer John Carrington from… Read more »

 

We have a new boat!

Our new research vessel (boat) arrived yesterday. Pretty cool! The 28-foot fiberglass boat was specially designed for rapid surveys of shallow water environments. It is powered with twin Yamaha 250 hp outboards. When it is all fitted out, it will have an air conditioned cabin, a davit for lowering instruments over the side and lots… Read more »