Author: dgannon

Renovations of the Administration and Carriage Buildings

[caption id="attachment_1746" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The Administration Building before Hurricane Irma. (Photo by Wade Sheldon.)[/caption] When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!  For the past few years, UGAMI has been implementing an infrastructure improvement plan.  Hurricane Irma was certainly a setback to those plans (see earlier posts...

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Update on Hurricane Irma recovery

[caption id="attachment_1729" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Restoration nearly completed in the teaching lab (as of Feb 9, 2018). Electrical utilities were removed from the floor, the floor tiles have been replaced with an epoxy finish, and the bottom two-feet of the walls have been replaced, and the...

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Spring tides and Ice storms

Spring tides are the highest tides of the monthly lunar cycle, and this month’s spring tide was one of the highest of the year (sometimes called a “King Tide”).  By coincidence, this spring tide corresponded with a very rare ice storm on January 3rd; something...

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Seafaring gators connect marine and freshwater habitats

[caption id="attachment_1645" align="alignleft" width="300"] Adult American alligator on the beach at Sapelo Island. Photo by James Nifong.[/caption] Research conducted at UGAMI shows that American alligators are an important link between freshwater and coastal marine ecosystems.  James Nifong and Brian Silliman, part of the NSF-funded Georgia Coastal...

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Hurricane Irma Hits UGAMI

Hurricane Irma hit UGAMI pretty hard.  About ¾ of our buildings had some storm surge flooding, including research & teaching labs; the BIRL dormitory; The Powerhouse (lecture hall/dining hall/kitchen); administrative offices; electrical, auto & carpentry shops; houses; and storage facilities. The main lab and nearby buildings...

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UGAMI Closing for Hurricane Irma

Due to the approach of Hurricane Irma, UGAMI will close at 12:00 pm on Friday Sept 8 and remain closed through at least Tuesday Sept 12. A state of emergency has been declared for the coastal counties of Georgia, including McIntosh. The eye of Hurricane Irma is forecast...

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UGAMI Summer Classes

[caption id="attachment_1543" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Students in UGAMI's Coastal Summer Semester on the Teal Boardwalk[/caption] UGAMI has been in a frenzy lately.  Summer is always a busy time of year here; faculty, students, and technicians flock to Sapelo Island to conduct field research.  However, the number of...

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12th Annual Sapelo Island Lighthouse 5K Run

[caption id="attachment_1540" align="aligncenter" width="368"] Participants, spectators, and organizers of the 12th Annual Sapelo Island Lighthouse 5K Run[/caption]   One of the Independence Day traditions on Sapelo Island is the Sapelo Island Lighthouse 5K Run.  The race course goes from the Nannygoat Beach Parking Lot to the iconic...

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UGAMI Staff Appreciation

On Thursday, May 11, the staff of UGAMI gathered for our annual staff appreciation.  Even that infamous pirate, Captain E.C., was in attendance.  There was much merriment and cake, too. [caption id="attachment_1525" align="aligncenter" width="300"] UGAMI Staff [/caption] Sapelo Island's remote location often means that extra effort is required to...

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