Starting with the early investigations of Eugene Odum, John Teal, and others in the 1950s, UGAMI has long played a preeminent role in salt marsh and estuarine research, serving as the base of operations for scores of scientists and hosting thousands of educational groups. I was named the Director of UGAMI in October 2013 and have focused on optimizing the facilities to support field campaigns for visiting scientists and adding a residential education component to the Institute’s programs.
In support of this strategic vision, we are currently in the first phase of a $5 million renovation of the main laboratory. We have also begun a campaign to improve the Institute’s equipment and infrastructure.
–Merryl Alber, Director