News & Events

2020 GCE Undergraduate Summer Internships

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 GCE Undergraduate Summer Internships! There are four internships available with three opportunities based on Sapelo Island, and one internship based at the University of South Carolina. The application deadline is Sunday, March 8th at midnight. For more... Read more →

New CreekCam Installed

The first law of Marine Science is that electronics and saltwater don’t play well together. Anyone who has owned a boat or deployed an electronic instrument near the ocean can attest to this truth. UGAMI’s CreekCam, installed in 2016, became a victim of the corrosive... Read more →

Brand New Spring Semester at UGAMI

Historically, January has been a quiet month at UGAMI.  At this time, faculty and students are just beginning their spring semester classes at their home institutions. But this year is different. UGAMI is now offering a full slate of undergraduate classes in its inaugural Marine Biology... Read more →

Building New Bridges at UGAMI

Dear Friend, We recently received a note from Dr. Benjamin Ehlers, Director of the Franklin Residential College at UGA, who said: “We had a great trip: Sapelo encompassed everything we are striving for at FRC, in terms of academic rigor, contributing to the community through... Read more →

The GCE LTER is hiring!

Field Research Technician, Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Project The GCE LTER program seeks a research technician to assist with studies of coastal ecology. Work will involve studies of water quality, soils, and wetland plants and animals. This Research Technician II position is... Read more →

Georgia Legislators visit Sapelo Island and UGAMI

State legislators participating in the Environmental Policy Academy visited the coast this week to learn about issues facing these communities. On Thursday they visited UGAMI to see our facilities and learn about our education and research programs, particularly those related to coastal resiliency. While on... Read more →

Summer 2019 Intern Recap

UGAMI saw several interns over the summer working on various GCE LTER projects. A few of the interns visited Sapelo for a week or two while others lived on the island for the entire summer. Here is what five of the interns had to say... Read more →

Hurricane Dorian Redux

Hurricane Dorian passed offshore of Sapelo Island on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Thankfully, the water did not rise any higher than it does during a spring tide, and the Institute did not flood. The winds at Marsh Landing were over 40 mph for several hours, with... Read more →

UGAMI prepares for Hurricane Dorian

With Hurricane Dorian approaching, the UGAMI staff spent last Thursday and Friday getting things tied down and out of harm’s way. Vehicles were moved to higher ground, small boats were pulled out of the water, and the R/V Spartina was moved up the Duplin River... Read more →

Dr. Merryl Alber to Receive Award

Dr. Merryl Alber, Director of UGAMI and Project Director of the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER, will be receiving an award at the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation meeting in November. She will receive the Margaret A. Davidson Award for Stewardship, recognizing her outstanding achievements in... Read more →

“UGA Marine Institute undergoes a structural revival”

McIntosh Life recently published an article “UGA Marine Institute undergoes a structural revival” in their Summer 2019 magazine. In the article, Dr. Merryl Alber is interviewed about the changes that have taken place in the last six years since she took over as director. You... Read more →

Medeiros Lab Highlighted in Eos – Research Spotlight

“Dissolved organic matter supports aquatic food webs and holds as much carbon as the atmosphere. A new study tracks which sources and processes play the biggest role in coastal systems.” Medeiros lab work on the dissolved organic matter dynamics in the Georgia coast (“Dissolved organic... Read more →

Maymester & Summer Courses About to Get Underway at UGAMI

Several field courses are set to kick off at UGAMI. Just as most university campuses are winding down for the summer, UGAMI is shifting into overdrive. UGAMI’s research and teaching activities peak in summer. We are excited to meet this year’s students and immerse them... Read more →

Former Students Present at UGA’s CURO Symposium

Congratulations to 2018 Coastal Summer Semester students Sadneya Ghag, Danielle Jenkins, and Bailey Reins who presented the results of their independent research at UGA’s CURO Symposium (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities). The annual CURO Symposium highlights excellence in undergraduate research at the University of Georgia... Read more →

The Adventures of Jacob the Technician

Ever wonder what it would be like to work as a field research technician studying coastal ecology? The real-life adventures of “Jacob The Technician” are now chronicled in a comic book. The story was written by Professor Steve Pennings, who is the field director and... Read more →

Long-Term Ecological Research Grant Renewed

The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems – Long Term Ecological Research project (GCE-LTER), a research program based at the UGA Marine Institute, has been renewed by the National Science Foundation for another six years. The GCE-LTER first started in 2000 and will continue investigating long-term change in... Read more →

GCE Summer Internships – Now Live!

The GCE-LTER is now accepting applications for their 2019 undergraduate summer internships. There are seven projects total with 4 based on Sapelo Island; one in Athens, GA; one in Bloomington, IN; and one in Savannah, GA. GCE will start reviewing applications February 15th; the deadline... Read more →

Follow us on Facebook!

UGAMI now has a Facebook page where you can keep up to date on research, available courses, visitors, and general happenings on site. Please “like” our page and share with your colleagues and friends! Read more →

Here we go again…

A familiar occurrence is happening again at UGAMI: another infrastructure improvement project is getting underway.  The process begins with the arrival of a barge loaded with equipment and construction materials.  Then the workers arrive on the ferry, many of whom are now our old friends;... Read more →

Cornelia Walker Bailey Program Launches Website

The University of Georgia’s Cornelia Walker Bailey Program on Land and Agriculture recently launched their own website. This program focuses on the history, present status, and future of agriculture on Sapelo Island, GA. The program facilitates meaningful partnerships among UGA faculty and students, the Georgia... Read more →

UGAMI’s New Spring Semester Featured in UGA Columns

We are a little late posting this one, but UGAMI’s undergraduate residential program was featured in the UGA Columns. Students can now live and study on Sapelo Island during the spring and summer semesters. The Marine Biology Spring Semester ( is a residential program open to 14... Read more →


We do…the Georgia Association of Marine Education, that is. GAME provides networking opportunities for its members, equips educators to teach marine science concepts more effectively, and celebrates the wonder of the aquatic systems of Georgia. GAME held its annual meeting at UGAMI on Nov 2-4,... Read more →