Monthly Archives: August 2014

Timmons presents at NMEA 2014

Maryellen Timmons presented “Fish Bits and Tidbits” at the 2014 Conference of the National Marine Educator Association. Timmons represents Georgia Sea Grant and Marine Extension as a NMEA board member and Awards Committee Chair.

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MAREX partners in LTER Workshop on Sapelo Island

MAREX partners annually with UGA Marine Science faulty, UGA Marine Institute and Sapelo Island National Estaurine Research Reserve (SINERR) to provide logistics and instruction for teachers enrolled in the Sapelo Island Long Term Ecological Research Workshop. John Crawford provided natural history instruction and lead nightly sea turtle walks on the beaches of Sapelo.

Sanders chairs EPA panel

SkIO Executive Director Jim Sanders is chairing the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Panel on EPA’s Report on the Environment 2014. This panel is examining the Agency’s new, all web-based product.

EPA’s Report on the Environment (ROE) presents the best available indicators of national trends in the environment and human health. EPA selected these indicators to address 24 questions that are critical to EPA’s mission of protecting the environment and human health. These questions are organized into six themes: Air, Water, Land, Human Exposure and Health, Ecological Condition, and Sustainability.

The ROE indicators serve as a tool for EPA decision-makers, program planners, scientists, researchers, the public, and others interested in environmental science and policy to track changes in environmental condition. They allow EPA and the public to assess whether the Agency is succeeding in its mission, and they help alert EPA to new challenges that may need attention and action.

The Panel is composed of about 20 scientists and engineers from around the nation and Canada. The Panel is meeting for two days in a public meeting, and will continue its deliberations into the fall.

Busy fall for Alexander lab

Claudia Venherm logs sidescan data on board the RV Jack Blanton.

Claudia Venherm logs sidescan data on board the RV Jack Blanton.

Small boat operations have been kept busy by the Alexander lab. In the next few months, they will wrap up mapping Wassaw Sound, where technician Mike Robinson is collecting single-beam echosounder data to fill in some remaining gaps in shallow water areas and will begin mapping Ossabaw Sound using the RV Blanton. Technician Claudia Venherm will begin collecting geo-referenced video imagery of channel banks in the five Georgia rivers and ten major salt marsh estuaries for habitat classification and restoration planning. Robinson and technician Lee Ann DeLeo will continue high and low flow salinity surveys of these same rivers and salt marsh estuaries.

Teachers learn about marine debris in Project SORT workshop

The University of Georgia Marine Extension hosted a four-day regional marine debris workshop for 16 educators from North and South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Presentations and field experiences were provided by Jay Brandes and Dick Lee from the Skidaway Institute. Jenna Jambeck from the University of Georgia provided training on the Marine Debris Tracker app and its applications to field research. Education staff from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center provided classroom activities.

MAREX's Dodie Sanders brief's the workshop teachers during a field trip to Tybee Island.

MAREX’s Dodie Sanders brief’s the workshop teachers during a field trip to Tybee Island.

The teachers were provided informative sessions on current research and related topics on marine debris, such as types, sources, movements and micro plastics, and current marine debris research applicable to the South Atlantic Bight region. Working closely with the scientists, the educators had an opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of marine debris topics for future use in the classroom.

The workshop generated news coverage from the Savannah Morning News, WTOC-TV  and WSAV-TV.