Monthly Archives: November 2016

Southside Fire says “Don’t call 911 from campus!”

Chuck Hartman passed this column on to us. It is from Southside Fire Department Chief Wendell Pendleton and applies to the Skidaway Campus.

SSFD Update

By Wendell Pendleton

Southside Fire Chief


Does that number look familiar? You know you’ve seen it before. I try to work it into every article I write, as have all the chiefs before me. We’ve handed it out on refrigerator magnets, stickers, nifty flashlights, and just about every other way we can think of short of carpet bombing the island with leaflets, and then we shoot ourselves in the foot.

Southside hired a new CEO, and in the latest quarterly SSFD subscriber newsletter he made a comment about dialing 911 in Chatham County. Aaarrrgh. A resident here pointed it out, and after a quick run up all the way to the President of the SSFD Board of Directors, I think SSFD will reword that part of the newsletter in the future.

If didn’t catch that in the newsletter, please don’t go looking for it. If you did see it, please listen to me and ignore that part of it. If you need emergency services, dial 355-6688, not that other number.

Would you like a reason you shouldn’t call those other three numbers? A month or so ago, we documented a call for a house being on fire, and the neighbor used her cell phone to call 911. She lived on the south part of the island, and her phone picked up a cell tower in Richmond Hill, so she was connected to Bryan County 911. They probably still are looking for the street address. When you dial directly into our dispatch center, the person who answers the phone is the same person who will dispatch an ambulance or a firetruck. Routing a call through the municipal system, by definition, cannot be that efficient.


R/V Savannah new trawl winch FAT

Marine Superintendent John Bichy recently attended a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for the R/V Savannah’s new trawl winch.winch-w


A proposal to the National Science Foundation was funded to replace the trawl winch on the R/V Savannah.   This new winch was designed to meet new requirements set forth by the UNOLS Research Vessel Safety Standards. Skidaway Institute selected HAWBOLDT Industries to design and build the winch. By the end of August 2016 the production phase was complete and the winch was ready for testing.

The FAT was conducted September 7-9 in Nova Scotia. A multitude of tests were performed on the winch, including pull, speed, brake, load and control tests of various types. The new winch will be installed during the winter dry dock period in February and March 2017. When the install is complete the R/V Savannah will have one of the most sophisticated winches in the UNOLS fleet.

Liz Harvey to co-chair ASLO session

Liz Harvey will co-lead a special session entitled “Louder than words: chemical communication structures marine ecosystems” during the 2017 ASLO Meeting, February 26-March 3, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn the marine environment, chemical communication mediates species interactions thereby playing a central role in influencing population-level and large-scale oceanographic processes. This interdisciplinary session will include studies from the intertidal to the open ocean that investigate how chemical cues regulate processes such as behavior, reproduction, foraging strategies, settlement, mortality, defense, competition, and the transfer of energy and nutrients within and among ecosystems.

Kristen Whalen of Haverford College will co-chair the session with Liz.

Jay Brandes invited to chemical oceanography conference

Jay Brandes was an invited attendee of the NSF-sponsored “Chemical Oceanography Meeting: A Bottom-Up Approach to Research Directions (Come Aboard)” in Honolulu, Hawaii, October 13-17.hawaii-conf-w

The conference was held to commemorate the 25th meeting in the Dissertations In Chemical Oceanography (aka. DISCO) meeting, also held at the same location. Jay was a prior attendee of the 1996 DISCO meeting, and was selected as the representative of his class.  DISCO meetings offer a select group of newly-minted Ph.D.’s the opportunity to meet with their fellow peer group and with funding program managers to network and to learn about what each agency (e.g. NSF, NOAA) looks for in a successful grant application. This year’s meeting was extended by one day to overlap with the COME-ABOARD meeting to allow for further networking and discussion of the possible future directions of research in the field of chemical oceanography.

At the Come Aboard conference, discussion on the future of chemical oceanography research was focused on six themes:

  • Role of technology in research
  • Large scale programs
  • Communications
  • Interactions with biology and with traditional chemistry
  • Oceanography at interfaces
  • Communicating science to the public

A report summarizing these discussions is to be published in a peer-reviewed Journal next year. Jay is a member of the writing team for this summary report, and is focusing on the communicating science section.

Arneson joins Brandes lab

Erin Arneson will be working as a research intern in Jay Brandes’s lab through the end of the year.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOriginally from Chippewa Fall, Wis., Erin is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in fisheries and wildlife management and a minor in marine biology. She originally came to Savannah to intern in Tara Cox’s lab at Savannah State University, while she figures out the next step in her career. She volunteered on one of Marc Frischer’s doliolid cruises, which evolved into an internship in the Frischer lab working with stable isotopes on the doliolid project. She recently moved to the Brandes lab, where she will be working on developing techniques to extract microplastics from sediment.

Erin plans to attend graduate school, but she is undecided on the direction of her future graduate work.

Georgia Sea Grant education interns arrive at the coast

Four recent college graduates have been awarded one-year marine education internships with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. Funded by Georgia Sea Grant, the interns will serve as educators for students, teachers and the general public.

The interns will spend 50 weeks on Skidaway Island at the Marine Education Center and Aquarium offering formal and informal educational programs focused on the ecology of Georgia’s coastal and estuarine ecosystems. Interns also will participate in community outreach by judging science fair projects, teaching during science nights at local schools and participating in events, like CoastFest and Skidaway Marine Science Day.

The interns were selected from an international pool of applicants and began their training in September. They are Kira Krall from Saint Petersburg, Fla.; Hannah Kittler from Adams, Mass.; Hannah Edwards from Navarre, Fla.; and McKenna Lyons from Beachs Park, Ill.

2016-2017 Georgia Sea Grant Education Interns (from left to right): Hannah Edwards, Kira Krall, McKenna Lyons, and Hannah Kittler

2016-2017 Georgia Sea Grant Education Interns (from left to right): Hannah Edwards, Kira Krall, McKenna Lyons, and Hannah Kittler

Kira Krall graduated from the University Florida with a degree in natural resource conservation. While in college, she volunteered for two years as a school programs docent for the Florida Museum of Natural History. After graduation, Kira worked as a teaching assistant for the Duke Talent Identification program’s marine science summer camps and as an environmental education intern at the Conservancy in Southwest Florida.

Hannah Kittler attended St. Michaels College in Vermont. She majored in biology and minored in chemistry and environmental studies. After graduation she worked at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center for a year as an environmental educator and spent time as a technician in their wildlife and aquatics lab.

Hannah Edwards received a degree in environmental science and policy from the University of South Florida. Hannah worked as a student teacher in high school, hosting field trips and community outreach Programs focused on marine ecosystems. In college, she volunteered at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, educating groups about organic farming, the biology and significance of the diverse Sweetwater plants, and the importance of environmentally-friendly and sustainable life choices.

McKenna Lyons graduated with a degree in marine and atmospheric science from the University of Miami in Florida. She worked as a naturalist at the Biscayne Nature Center, leading summer camp groups on fishing trips in the local seagrass beds. Lyons taught students how to identify marine life, gave presentations on sea turtle life history and discussed human impacts on aquatic environments.