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

Clark Alexander, director, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Al Burns, executive director, Coastal Regional Commission
Jill Andrews, assistant director, Coastal Zone Management Program Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Carl Bergmann, assistant vice president for research, University of Georgia
Ben Carswell, director of conservation, Jekyll Island Authority
Tim Davis, Chatham County coordinator, UGA Extension
Keith Stellman, meteorologist-in-charge, National Weather Service Peachtree City
Charles McMillan, coastal director, Georgia Conservancy
Matt Sitkowski, executive weather producer, The Weather Channel
Mary Hallisey Hunt, director of research and business operations, Strategic Energy Institute at Georgia Tech
Bill Demmond, chief operating officer, Inland Seafood
Todd Driver, environmental health manager, Georgia Department of Coastal Health District
Dionne Hoskins, fishery biologist, Savannah State University
Charlie Phillips, owner, CP Seafood
Doug Samson, reserve manager, Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve
Susan Shipman, former director, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division
Paul Wolff, city councilman, Tybee Island
Kim Morris-Zarneke, project WILD coordinator, Department of Natural Resources
Ruth McMullin, UGA Aquarium volunteer
Sandy Shepherd, owner, Good Shepherd Consulting Services
Bob Ellis, senior director of sales, King & Prince Seafood

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