The main administrative office for UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant is based in the Chicopee Complex at UGA’s main campus in Athens, Georgia. The facility hosts the director of UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, Mark Risse, as well as faculty and staff specializing in fiscal management, coastal resilience and reporting and evaluation.

1030 Chicopee Complex
1180 E. Broad Street
Athens, GA 30602-3636
Phone: (706) 542-8849 / Fax: (706) 542-3652



Our Brunswick office is located on a three-acre site on the banks of the Brunswick River. Most of our extension specialists are based here and work to address local needs. Fisheries, water quality, stormwater and sustainable land use programs provide technical assistance and demonstration of ways to adopt sustainable fishing practices, manage stormwater, promote green infrastructure, and conserve water resources. Our Coastal Ecology Lab conducts applied research on reptiles to better understand the health and behaviors or these animals in response to development and other human activities.

The facility features a conservation demonstration garden, laboratories, a conference room available for use by the public (reservations required), and is home to the R/V Georgia Bulldog and other small vessels.

715 Bay Street
Brunswick, GA 31520
Phone: (912) 264-7268 / Fax: (912) 264-7312

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Skidaway Island

Located on the scenic Skidaway River just a short drive from downtown Savannah, this campus is home to two of our facilities.

UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium
Home to Georgia’s first saltwater aquarium, the facility features 16 exhibit tanks that showcase a variety of Georgia’s marine life. Marine educators at the aquarium provide hands-on environmental education programs to the public, school groups and families. The facility features an auditorium, two teaching laboratories, an art lab and a nature trail. There is also a dormitory and cafeteria on site to house and feed out-of-town education groups. The R/V Sea Dawg is docked on location as well as a small fleet of Carolina skiffs. The facility hosts school groups from across the state and beyond throughout the year. Information for schools or organizations interested in scheduling a visit is available here.

30 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, GA 31411
Phone: (912) 598-2496

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Shellfish Research Lab
This facility houses the state’s first oyster hatchery, featuring tank systems, walk-in temperature-controlled rooms and an algae greenhouse. Researchers at the lab also conduct oyster restoration research along the coast, and a small Carolina skiff is available for field use.

20 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, GA 31411
Phone: (912) 598-2348 / Fax: (912) 598-2399

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