News & Events

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 →

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 →