News & Events

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 →

UGAMI Announces Marine Biology Spring Semester

  The University of Georgia Marine Institute is pleased to announce the creation of a new academic program, the Marine Biology Spring Semester.  This exciting opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students, from any college or university, pursuing a degree in biology, ecology, chemistry,... Read more →

Dr. Mary Ann Moran named UGA Regents’ Professor

UGAMI Faculty Member, Mary Ann Moran, was named Regents’ Professor.  Dr. Moran is the Principal Investigator of the Sapelo Island Microbial Carbon Observatory and founder of the Coastal Summer Semester Program, both of which are based at UGAMI. See this article in UGA Today for... Read more →

Spring “Break” at UGAMI

As university campuses across the country pause for spring break, teaching and research activities at UGAMI ramp-up.  Faculty and students from universities all over the U.S. take advantage of the break in the normal class schedule to come to UGAMI to conduct research or to... Read more →

Undergraduate Internships Available

Applications are now open for undergraduate internships with the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems – Long-Term Ecological Research program (GCE – LTER).  This project is part of the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Network.  The GCE – LTER is centered at the University of Georgia Marine... Read more →

Renovations of the Administration and Carriage Buildings

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 on Hurricane Irma’s damage and subsequent recovery efforts).  However, Irma has also presented... Read more →

Update on Hurricane Irma recovery

The Bad News: On September 11, 2017, the University of Georgia’s Marine Institute was flooded by storm surge caused by Hurricane Irma.  Three-quarters of all the buildings on the campus were affected (16 buildings and several small out-buildings), including research laboratories, teaching facilities, dormitories, faculty/staff... Read more →

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... Read more →

Seafaring gators connect marine and freshwater habitats

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 Ecosystem – Long-Term Ecological Research Program, used radio telemetry and GPS trackers to follow the movements... Read more →

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... Read more →

UPDATE, 11:00 AM 9/7/17: UGAMI Closing for Hurricane Irma

The Governor has just ordered a mandatory evacuation for Georgia’s barrier islands. To comply with this order UGAMI will be officially moving its closure to 4:30 PM today. We will remain closed through at least Tuesday Sept 12. Check back at this web site for further... Read more →

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... Read more →

UGAMI Summer Classes

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 students coming to UGAMI, especially in the summer, has been growing.  UGAMI hosts... Read more →

12th Annual Sapelo Island Lighthouse 5K Run

  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 Sapeolo Lighthouse and back to the beach.   GCE LTER technicians dominated the field of... Read more →

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. Sapelo Island’s remote location often means that extra effort is required to get things done.  This... Read more →