UGA Skidaway Inst Blog

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 »


Skidaway Institute mourns loss of Professor Peter Verity

Skidaway Institute Professor Peter G. Verity died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, December 31. Verity was a Professor of Biological Oceanography at Skidaway Institute.  He received his B.A. in 1975 from Dartmouth College, and his M.S. in 1979 and Ph.D. in 1984, both from the University of Rhode Island. He joined the faculty of… Read more »


Skidaway Institute researcher maps armored shorelines

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography researcher Karrie Brinkley has spent a lot of time in recent months traveling up and down Georgia’s coastal waterways in boats and canoes with maps and binoculars in hand. Brinkley is working on a project to identify and map all the armored shorelines in the state’s six coastal counties. Brinkley has… Read more »


Skidaway Institute scientists study Arctic climate change

Climate change will have profound effects on the Arctic ecosystem, and those effects may be felt around the world. Skidaway Institute of Oceanography professor Marc Frischer is launching a three-year project to examine the effects of rising temperatures in the Arctic and how those changes will impact the marine food web. The project is funded… Read more »