Monthly Archives: June 2015

Evening @ Skidaway draws interested audience

Approximately 55 interested visitors attended Marc Frischer’s talk on his black gill research. The crowd included members of the shrimping community as well others.

Approximately 55 interested visitors attended Marc Frischer’s talk on his black gill research. The crowd included members of the shrimping community as well others.

Georgia Power releases wind turbine update

Georgia Power recently released its timetable and other key update points for their wind turbine project on the Skidaway campus. The wind turbines will be installed in the large field along McWhorter Drive.

While the exact model of the wind turbines has not yet been determined, this is an example of the type under consideration.

While the exact model of the wind turbines has not yet been determined, this is an example of the type under consideration.

– The University System Board of Regents has signed a lease agreement with Georgia Power for this project at the large field on SKIO’s campus as we described previously.

– The term is for 2 years with an option for 1 additional year if needed to complete the research.

– Georgia Power plans to install the meteorological tower later this summer.

– Plan is to install the 4 turbines in 2016.

– To get good data covering all seasons of a year will likely require more than 12 calendar months after the turbines have been installed.

– Georgia Power contracted with Georgia Southern University whose professors have already started gathering data for the research project into avian and noise effects of the small wind generation technology.

– At the conclusion of the research project and before the lease expires, the small wind turbines will be removed.

– Skidaway Institute will decide whether to keep the meteorological tower for their use or not.

Three summer interns at MAREX

Three new summer interns have started work at MAREX.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Kathryn Savidge is no stranger to many here on campus. The daughter of Skidaway Institute faculty members Bill and Dana Savidge, Kathryn and her twin-sister, Helen, spent many years romping around the woods and marsh surrounding the campus and the aquarium when they were younger. Kathryn is now a rising sophomore at Susquehanna University where she is majoring in graphic design. She is working at the aquarium.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChrissie Brady is also working as a summer education intern with MAREX. She is a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Georgia. She plans to graduate with two degrees. — in wildlife and fisheries, and mechanical engineering.

“My goal is to use my unique skill set to integrate robotics into wildlife management,” she said.

At school, she is transitioning into her new role as the president of the UGA chapter of the Xi Sigma Pi National Forestry Honor Society. During the 2014-2015 school year, she was selected as a Public Service and Outreach Student Scholar, and had the opportunity to work with MAREX to create a short, self-guided education program to be used on the Jay Wolf Nature Trail. Chrissie also volunteers with the Girl Scouts and the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Nick Sinks is working on the oyster hatchery program in the Shellfish Laboratory. He is a rising senior at the University of Georgia, majoring in wildlife and fisheries biology. His hobbies include bird watching, fly fishing, camping and “anything else outdoorsy.”

“I decided to intern over the summer because this was a project that was within my area of study,” he said. “I knew that it would give me valuable experience in my field of interest.”

Skidaway Institute summer interns on board

Skidaway Institute’s summer interns have arrived.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGiovanna Sayuri Azarias Utsumi is a Brazilian student, participating on the new Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP).  Through that program, she had the opportunity to study oceanography for two semester at Florida Institute of Technology. She is interning in Aron Stubbins’ lab.

Before coming to the U.S., Giovanna studied science and technology of the sea, a interdisciplinary major with emphasis in the ocean, at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP). She is in her third and last year. She plans to graduate on the end of this year. After graduation she plans on getting a second degree in petroleum engineering and renewable energy.

“The summer internship in Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is a great opportunity for laboratory experience and for my future,” she said. “I intend to apply all the knowledge and experience acquired here in my country.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Leticia Silva is a second scholarship recipient from the BSMP.  She is studying biological sciences at the Federal University of Uberlandia. She also completed two semester at the University of Arkansas through the scholarship program. After graduation, Leticia plans to get a master’s degree and work with research. She is also interning in Aron Stubbins’ lab.

“I hope to learn a lot here at the Skidaway Institute and I feel very lucky to be here,” she said. “I came to USA to learn as much as I can, and that is what this internship means to me: an opportunity to learn and grow as a student and as person.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The third intern in Aron’s lab is Courtney Bahrs. Her journey to Skidaway Institute was considerably shorter. Courtney is a senior at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga. Her major is biology, with a minor in chemistry. Courtney also has a softball scholarship. She plans to graduate next May.

“I am not quite sure what my next steps are but I am planning on getting my master’s and eventually a Ph.D.” she said.

Danny Stouffer is an intern with Dana Savidge. Danny Stouffer is a physics major with a math minor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He plans to go to graduate school to earn his master’s in marine engineering.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“So far I love the campus. It has great scenery and the faculty are really nice and welcoming,” he said. “I have been enjoying my time both inside and outside the office. Savannah offers a lot of activities to keep me busy.”

Marsay new Skidaway post-doc

Chris Marsay is a new postdoctoral research associate in Cliff Bucks’s lab.

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Chris’s primary focus will be the being collection of atmospheric aerosol samples during the 2015 US GEOTRACES Arctic research cruise, and subsequent analysis of those samples for trace metals.  Chris’s previous research has encompassed measuring dissolved iron concentrations in the Sargasso Sea and Ross Sea, atmospheric deposition of iron, and measuring organic carbon and trace metals associated with marine particulate material.

Chris is originally from Whitby in the UK and completed his PhD at the University of Southampton in 2012, after previously spending six years as a research technician at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. Prior to his move to Skidaway, he had two short postdoctoral appointments, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. and at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

Chris likes running, playing tennis and soccer and enjoy traveling and learning about new places.