UGA Skidaway Inst Blog

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 »


Building a living lab on a barrier island

We are involved with several other organizations in a cool project to establish a network of environmental sensors on Ossabaw Island, south of Savannah. Ossabaw Island is owned by the state of Georgia and dedicated to education and research as a heritage trust. Various groups visit the island frequently to study the environment and history.… Read more »


Windom: Get used to a warmer planet

The following op-ed piece by Herb Windom, professor emeritus at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, was published in the Savannah Morning News on January 16, 2008. A marine geochemistry expert says the global warming debate is missing sensible discussion on how to adjust to coming changes. In the debate over global warming there is a wealth… Read more »


New building underway!

We broke ground on our long-awaited new laboratory building this morning. This is actually pretty exciting. The $5 million, 11,000 square foot facility will provide us some much-needed space to expand our research opportunities. Currently, we really can’t expand much because we don’t have any lab space to put new scientists. This will also allow… Read more »


Cruise Blog From Eastern Pacific

Mike Sullivan writes: One of our scientists is off on a cruise in the Eastern Pacific. He sent us this link to a blog-site on the cruise. Interesting.


Great open house

Mike Sullivan writes: We had a great turn-out for our campus-wide open house event, Skidaway Marine Science Day. We estimate we had 3,000 visitors. Incredible! That’s nearly twice the estimate of last year’s crowd. The grand reopening of the UGA aquarium was a big draw. Over at Skidaway Institute, the tours of the RV Savannah… Read more »