Monthly Archives: September 2014

New interns at the UGA Aquarium

The 2014-15 class of Sea Grant interns has arrived at the UGA Aquarium.

(l-r) Cara Lin, Maeve Snyder, Beth Smith and Sean Russell

(l-r) Cara Lin, Maeve Snyder, Beth Smith and Sean Russell

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New gray whale exhibit at the UGA Aquarium

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVisitors to the UGA Aquarium will experience a new exhibit focusing on extinct Atlantic gray whales. This exhibit is the product of a collaboration among among the aquarium, Scott Noakes of the UGA Center for Applied Isotope Studies, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Emory University, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Scientific Illustration group at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art and Design. The exhibit features information about the fossilized remains of extinct Atlantic gray whales that were discovered off the Georgia coast as well as a painted cast of one of the fossils (mandible, or lower jaw bone).

New faces at Skidaway Institute

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA new cook is running the galley on the R/V Savannah. Liz Motsenbocker joined the crew this summer from San Diego, Calf. She has been sailing with the UNOLS community for several years, including on the R/V Thompson at the University of Washington and on the R/V Pelican a the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Liz says cooking and sailing have always been her passion, and she is very happy to be a member of the R/V Savannah crew.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALiz is not the only new face on board the R/V Savannah this summer. Sonia Brugger joined the crew in July as a MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) Intern, supervised by John Bichy. She will finish her internship in October. Sonia graduated from the University of Washington in June with a double B.S in oceanography and aquatic and fishery Sciences. While in school her research was focused on phytoplankton, specifically harmful algal bloom species. She worked at the NOAA Northwest Fishery Science Center. After her internship she hopes to be hired as a marine technician on a UNOLS vessel.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABack on dry land, Luke Chambers is a graduate student in Aron Stubbins lab. Luke is a master’s student enrolled in the Georgia Tech college of Earth and Atmospheric Science. He began his master’s degree program in early January after receiving his B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech. He will be working at Skidaway Institute until mid-December. He is working with Aron in an effort to more effectively recover dissolved organic matter (DOM) from saltwater samples, and to further analyze and characterize the DOM. In his free time Luke greatly enjoys the outdoors and spends as much of his time as possible rock climbing.