Environment

Skidaway Institute scientist shares Gulf oil spill research grant

University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography scientist Catherine Edwards is part of a research team that has received an $18.8 million grant to continue studies of natural oil seeps and track the impacts of the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. Known as ECOGIG-2 or “Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and… Read more »

 

Skidaway Institute scientists seek answers to salt marsh questions

Salt marshes are a vital part of the coastal ecosystem. They provide a nursery for many kinds of marine animal life. Sitting in the transition zone between the ocean and the land, salt marshes serve as a physical buffer against severe weather. They act as a chemical buffer by capturing, holding and releasing nutrients that… Read more »

 

Slash-and-burn activities source of oceanic black carbon

For years, “slash-and-burn” techniques were used to clear Brazil’s massive Atlantic Forest.  Although the large-scale burning was halted in 1973, the black carbon left behind from those forest fires is still draining into the area’s rivers and eventually into the ocean. For the first time, a team of scientists, including Aron Stubbins from the Skidaway… Read more »

 

Nice newspaper article!

Mary Landers from the Savannah Morning News wrote a nice article on our marine plastics project.It appeared on the front page of Sunday’s issue. Thanks, Mary!

 

Plastics pollution a widespread problem on the Georgia Coast

No part of the Georgia coast is protected from pollution by plastics and other marine debris. That is one finding of a study conducted by Skidaway Institute of Oceanography scientists Jay Brandes and Dick Lee. The scientists studied the collection totals from beach clean-up programs by environmental groups like Clean Coast and the Tybee Beautification… Read more »

 

Little help for marsh from eco-friendly dock designs

New dock designs intended to reduce damage to salt marshes are not much better than traditional docks, according to a recently completed study by Clark Alexander of Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. Alexander also concluded the compass orientation and height of a dock has more impact on the health of the salt marsh than the dock… Read more »

 

Skidaway Institute receives research grant to study glacier carbon

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography researchers Aron Stubbins and Marc Frischer have been awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation for $224,037 to study the origins of organic carbon in glaciers. Stubbins and Frischer are part of an international team working on the two-year project. Glaciers and ice sheets represent the second largest reservoir… Read more »

 

Day 2 in Barrow

Marc Frischer continues his account of his and Victoria Baylor’s research trip to Barrow, Alaska. 15 January 2012 Today we again woke up early and began setting up our labs. Actually day and night are surprisingly similar around here. Victoria spent most of the day setting up our molecular lab in the BARC building. It… Read more »