News & Events

The Sun Sets on another Summer Semester ☀️

After four weeks of buzzing activity in the field and lab, UGA’s Coastal Summer Semester just wrapped up!  The students left this past weekend having completed their independent projects under the supervision of Drs. Chuck Hopkinson and Emlyn Resetarits. This summer’s projects took students to... Read more →

It’s Field Sea-Sun!

It’s going to be a busy summer at UGAMI!  Last week, we hosted our annual barbecue to welcome our summer visitors. Drs. John Schalles (Creighton) and Steve Pennings (UH) are back for another summer, as are graduate students Matt Pierce (UGA), Harrison Currin (GSU), and... Read more →

Job Announcement: Research Professional

The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research program (GCE LTER) seeks a Research Professional to assist with coastal ecology research on the Georgia coast. This person will serve as lead technician and manager of a field crew in performing research in a wide range... Read more →

UGAMI Hosts SAML Conference: Third Time’s the Charm

UGAMI hosted the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Marine Laboratories (SAML). SAML is a regional chapter of the National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML). SAML’s Member institutions range geographically from Maryland through Texas, including Bermuda. The mission of SAML is to promote collaboration... Read more →

More Facilities Improvements at UGAMI

We have recently completed renovations of the library wing of the main lab.  This building was originally constructed in the 1930s as a dairy barn.  When UGAMI was founded in 1953, the dairy barn was converted into a laboratory.  The goals of this renovation project... Read more →

Job Announcement – Field Research Technician

The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems – Long Term Ecological Research Program (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 based at... Read more →

Job Announcement – Scientist in Residence

The University of Georgia Marine Institute (UGAMI) is seeking to hire an Assistant Research Scientist who conducts research in Georgia’s coastal ecosystems. This is a “Scientist-in-Residence” position for a scientist who will live at the Institute (housing is provided). This is a limited-term position for two... Read more →

Internship Opportunities

The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Research program is recruiting for five paid summer internships in coastal ecology. Some positions are limited to students who have not graduated yet, but others are open. The deadline for applying is March 7. Follow the link for more... Read more →

Job Announcement – Assistant Director for Academics

UGAMI is seeking to hire an Academic Professional to develop and provide oversight of the Institute’s residential instructional programs for University students. The candidate will also teach field courses in their area of specialization, mentor students conducting independent research, and serve on the UGAMI leadership... Read more →

Summer 2021 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 →

Students explore coastal housing challenges

Four students from the UGA College of Engineering visited UGAMI last week as part of a project focused on exploring new housing options for visiting researchers. The project is part of their capstone senior design course, a year-long class that provides students an opportunity to work... Read more →

UGAMI Coastal Semester 2021

The students in the UGAMI Coastal Summer Semester finished up this past week with presentations of their independent study projects. The students covered a wide range of topics, from studies of marine organisms (e.g. sand dollars, hermit crabs, gelatinous zooplankton) to salt marshes to plastic... Read more →


A film crew from PBS visited the UGA Marine Institute this past winter and did a segment on salt marshes (and GCE-LTER research in particular) for their “Changing Seas” program. The show is due to be broadcast on June 23 at 8:30 pm. The preview... Read more →

Congratulations to Dr. Nik Heynen and Dr. Mary Ann Moran

Two regular researchers at UGAMI, Dr. Nik Heynen and Dr. Mary Ann Moran, are being honored for their work. Dr. Nik Heynen, professor in the Department of Geography at UGA, was recognized as a Distinguished Research Professor 2021. Dr. Heynen is the co-director of UGA’s... Read more →

All Aboard!

Mary Price, who was one of our dedicated employees, passed away last March. There has not been a formal memorial service due to COVID-19. However, this past week the UGAMI staff gathered to dedicate the newest boat in our fleet in her honor, the “M.T.... Read more →

GCE Summer Internships – Apply Now!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 GCE Undergraduate Summer Internships! There are nine potential internships available. Depending on COVID restrictions and available funding, all positions may not be filled. Most of the internships are in person, but two of them can accommodate remote... Read more →

Sapelo marsh paper highlighted in Scientific American

A recent paper that looked at changes in tidal creeks in southeastern marshes found that the purple marsh crab, Sesarma, is reshaping the landscape. The paper, which appeared in PNAS, was highlighted in the January 2021 issue of Scientific American. The researchers provide evidence that... Read more →

PBS salt marsh documentary

What better place to learn about salt marshes than Georgia! UGAMI had a crew from PBS on site last week shooting footage for a program focused on salt marshes as part of a series called Changing Seas ( The crew went out in the field with GCE-LTER... Read more →

Virtual Study Away Fair on Sept 15!

Attention Students! Are you interested in learning more about student opportunities at UGAMI? We will be participating in UGA’s virtual study away fair next Tuesday, Sept 15th. To chat with us, please register here. You can also get an idea of what a virtual fair... Read more →

Bringing the salt marsh to students

UGAMI, along with two other university field stations, is collaborating to produce a suite of virtual estuarine field experiences for undergraduate students. This project will develop products that address widespread educational challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to develop educational content and... Read more →

Operations Notice

Due to the threat of COVID-19, UGAMI will be closed to visiting class groups until further notice. Researchers wishing to visit will be accommodated on a case-by-case basis. We hope everyone stays safe out there. Read more →

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 →