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 co-principal investigator of the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research program (GCE). The story’s characters have an uncanny resemblance to Jacob Shalack (GCE’s field research coordinator and UGAMI’s assistant director for operations), Dontrece Smith, and Alyssa Peterson (both of whom are field research technicians with the GCE). The comic is part of GCE’s education offerings. Copies will soon be available at the visitor center of the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve in Meridian/Darien, and can be ordered from Steve Pennings ( for $5 each.