Advisory Board

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s Advisory Board provides guidance on significant and emerging coastal issues.


Advisory Board Charter

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant work together to create research, outreach and education programs that promote the economic, cultural and environmental health of Georgia’s coast. Together, the organizations encourage citizens throughout the state to become good stewards of coastal and watershed resources.

Role of the Advisory Board

To ground coastal decision-making in the best available scientific knowledge and understanding, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant must draw upon Georgians for knowledge, advice and guidance.Our best source for this guidance is an active, well-informed and committed Advisory Board that:

  • provides input on emerging research needs, opportunities and priorities in coastal Georgia,
  • offers advice on the strategic planning process,
  • helps create new connections, collaborations and partnerships, and
  • educates and informs local, state and national decision-makers on the importance and relevance of UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant programs.

Advisory Board Members

Ellen Bauske, program coordinator, UGA Extension Center for Urban Agriculture
Al Burns, executive director, Coastal Regional Commission
Ben Carswell, director of conservation, Jekyll Island Authority
Toby Carr, associate vice president for government relations and director of state governmental relations, University of Georgia
Bill Demmond, chief operating officer, Inland Seafood
Todd Driver, environmental health manager, Georgia Department of Health Coastal Health District
Dionne Hoskins, fishery biologist, Savannah State University
Cecil Jennings, unit leader, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean of extension, UGA Extension
Charlie Phillips, owner, CP Seafood
Doug Samson, reserve manager, Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve
Jim Sanders, professor, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Susan Shipman, former director, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division
Tom Thomson, executive director, Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission
John Wallace, manager, Poteet Seafood Company
Paul Wolff, city councilman, Tybee Island
Spud Woodward, director, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division
Kim Morris-Zarneke, manager of education programs, Georgia Aquarium

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