That's a lot of mud!

One of our scientists, Clark Alexander, just returned from two weeks in China, where he attended the 7th International Conference in Tidal Sedimentation in Qingdao, China. Prior to the meeting, he took part in a 5-day field trip which covered 1,500 kilometers along the west coast of the Yellow Sea, from Shanghai to Qingdao, where… Read more »

 

Cruisin' with new grad students

The class of new graduate students in the joint Skidaway Institute-Georgia Tech program went on their first, two-day, research cruise this week. The weather was a little windy so we didn’t stay off-shore very long. On Monday, we took water samples in the Savannah River and cruised offshore to the sea bouy, about 3 miles.… Read more »

 

More new grant $$$$

Marc Frischer (left) and Gustav Paffenhöfer (below right), along with Deidre Gibson from Hampton University, recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study doliolds on the South Atlantic Bight continental shelf. Doliolids are a species of gelatinous zooplankton and are one of the most poorly understood inhabitants of our continental shelf waters.… Read more »

 

The walls are up!

..well sort of. Work is progressing on the new laboratory building here at Skidaway Institute. Work is moving along swimmingly and actually under budget. When did that ever happen? Now if TS Hanna or Hurricane Ike don’t blow down the house of sticks, we’ll be in good shape.

 

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 »