New faces at Skidaway Institute

We have three new faces at Skidaway Institute.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJack Van Dyke is the new cook on the R/V Savannah. Jack came to Skidaway from  Mission Viejo, Calf.  He has been cooking on boats for nearly 30 years for as many as 149 passengers. For nearly 20 years Jack worked for Dana Wharf Sport Fishing & Whale Watching as cook and captain on vessels from 45 to 95 feet. He is also an A.C.S. Naturalist and has held a USCG 100 ton Captain’s license for 13 years.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKate Doyle is a new research professional in Bill Savidge’s lab, but she’s not new to Skidaway Institute.  Back in 2002-2003, she was the lab manager for Keith Maruya’s environmental chemistry lab, and also did some “free-lance” technician work for Dana Savidge from 2008-2010. She earned her master’s degree in 2007 from UGA in marine science. She had spent the most recent five years as a marine science technician at Savannah State University before re-joining Skidaway in June.  Kate says,  “I’m enjoying being back out at Skidaway, and I love seeing familiar faces after all these years!”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChristina Codden is a new UGA Ph.D. graduate student in Aron Stubbins lab. She recently finished her undergraduate studies with a biology major and chemistry minor from St. Catherine University, an all-women’s university in Minnesota. “I’m excited to leave snowy winters behind and start research here on riverine dissolved organic matter,” Christina said. “Outside of science, some of my interests include volleyball, playing the cello and oil painting.”


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