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Concrete to canopies and creeks to coast: Georgia Conservancy’s vision for a connected ecosystem

May 15, 2024

Monét Murphy, 2023-2024 State Fellow

In the rhythmic cadence of coastal life, where the ebb and flow of tides mirror the constant flux of challenges and change, lies Georgia Conservancy, a statewide, donor-supported conservation organization that recognizes the connection between the environment, the economy, and… Full story

Conversations about conservation

April 19, 2024

Julia Frees, 2023-2024 Research Trainee

Ever since I became interested in marine biology, I wanted other people to recognize the importance of conservation and be just as fascinated by ocean life as I was. Upon being awarded a UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant… Full story

Welcome to Gray’s Reef, it’s been waiting for you

March 27, 2024

Kathy Liu, 2023-2024 State Fellow

Dive down to the reef, the ledges are aglow. Kaleidoscope of life teeming in a world below. Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) represents ~2.2% of live-bottom habitat scattered across the South Atlantic Bight. In addition to sandy bottom, Gray’s… Full story

Sea turtle stewards: A public program success story

March 14, 2024

Lindsey Walker-Thomas, 2023-2024 Marine Education Fellow

I’m Lindsey Walker-Thomas, a recent marine biology college-graduate and Savannah local. My journey with Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant began about 6 years ago. I was able to shadow some senior educators for a week, which sparked my love… Full story

Sixty miles off-shore: A first-hand account of research on the R/V Palmetto

January 30, 2024

David Hugo, Sea Grant South Atlantic Reef Fish Extension Fellow

David Hugo is the current recipient of the South Atlantic Reef Fish Extension and Communication Fellowship, which provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in reef fish extension and communication for an early-career professional in the southeast region. The fellowship is… Full story

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

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