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Getting trashy: A Knauss fellow’s venture into marine debris

October 26, 2023

Madison Willert, 2023-2024 Knauss Fellow

My name is Madison Willert and I have a Ph.D. in biology from Georgia Tech. I entered the 2023 Knauss Fellowship Program through Georgia Sea Grant. My work in the National Sea Grant Office and NOAA’s Marine Debris Program supports… Full story

Soundscape Nature Journaling: Communicating Science

July 7, 2023

Annie Laura Schulz, 2022-2023 Marine Education Fellow

“What do you hear? How often do you pay attention to the sounds around you? What produces sound?” These are some of the questions I challenged Summer Marine Science Campers to consider as I introduced them to the idea of… Full story

Adjusting from academia to the speed of Congress

July 6, 2023

Jeffrey Beauvais, 2023-2024 Knauss Fellow

I am Knauss Fellow working in the office of Congressman John Garamendi, who represents California’s 8th Congressional District. As someone born and raised in the Lowcountry, my only exposure to the different paradigms of water management/rights in the Western U.S…. Full story

Rattlesnakes in Coastal Georgia

June 20, 2023

2022-2023 State Fellow, Michael Brennan

To be honest, I never thought a Georgia Sea Grant fellowship would appeal to me or my career path. My research interests have always been on inland systems from freshwater swamp to dry sandhills. My research as an undergraduate and… Full story

For the love of science: A discipline of creation and curiosity

June 5, 2023

Chestina Craig, 2022 – 2023 Research Trainee

I have always been in the pursuit of knowledge and research even when I didn’t understand what that meant. As a child, I would spend my summer afternoons in the front yard catching bees and counting how many could be… Full story

Looking back and looking forward: A new paradigm at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

May 12, 2023

Madison Monroe, 2022-2023 Sea Grant State Fellow

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary is a hidden gem along the coast of Georgia. It is a 22-square-mile protected parcel of the ocean that hosts a variety of unique organisms and habitat. As a Georgia Sea Grant state fellow, I… Full story

Bringing a community together to tackle marine debris

May 8, 2023

Vanessa Navarro, 2022-2023 Marine Education Fellow

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more appreciative of the values and experiences my parents instilled in me at a young age. I find myself often reminiscing on all the camping, beach-going, and fishing trips we would spend together, and… Full story

From clothes to contamination: Lessons learned communicating the implications of plastic waste with academia and the public

April 5, 2023

Conner Simon, 2022-2023 Research Trainee

Although I always enjoyed teaching others about science, I never really saw myself pursuing a career in education outside of becoming a professor in academia. However, participating in the UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Research Traineeship demonstrated that… Full story

How little moments of discovery can inspire future careers

March 6, 2023

Micayla Cochran, 2022-2023 Marine Education Fellow

When I stepped off the bus in January 2015 for a week-long field trip with my high school, I had no idea that I was walking into the place I would work as a Marine Education Fellow eight years later…. Full story

Chronolog photo station at the UGA Aquarium captures the dynamic nature of the salt marsh

February 10, 2023

Camryn Arnstein, 2022-2023 Marine Education Fellow

When I arrived at Skidaway Island back in September 2022 to begin my year-long Marine Education Fellowship at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium, it didn’t take long for me to hit the trails that are practically in my… Full story

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