William Savidge

Bill Savidge

Assistant Professor
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
10 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, Ga. 31411
Office: (912) 598-3348
Fax: (912) 598-2310
Email: William.Savidge@skio.uga.edu

Ph.D. Chemical Oceanography, North Carolina State University, 2001
M.S. Biological Oceanography, Oregon State University, 1986
B.S. Zoology, Duke University, 1981


Research Interests:

At present, my research activities are concentrated on three themes. The first of these is estuarine water quality. I have several active projects that seek to define the distribution and fluxes of water column properties such as oxygen and nutrients that are important for assessing the health and function of Georgia estuaries. The second is continental shelf oceanography. Past work has focused on how materials are exchanged at the boundaries of the coastal ocean of the SE US and the importance of those exchanges to the biology of the coastal ocean itself and to carbon export from the shelf into the deep ocean. Finally, the third theme is development and application of new technologies for ocean observation. Using new instrumentation can extend the spatial and temporal scales of observation, or allow us to measure properties in the field that were previously inaccessible. I am part of a multi-institutional group (website) that is designing and testing a new system for measuring remotely and in real time the metabolism of gases in marine sediments. We are also exploring the development of in situ Raman spectroscopy for automated detection of contaminants.