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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

Studying the impacts of waves on coastal erosion

June 21, 2022

Alexandra Muscalus, 2021-2022 Georgia Sea Grant Research Trainee

With an economic impact of $122 billion in 2019, the Port of Savannah is one of the nation’s largest hubs for maritime trade. It is also undergoing impressive growth. Just as the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project was completed early this year, the Georgia Ports Authority announced… Full story

Following your passions and the career pathways that follow

May 23, 2022

Samantha Alvey, 2021 – 2022 Georgia Sea Grant Research Trainee

By the time I reached high school, I knew that I wanted to be a scientist. More specifically, I knew I wanted a career where I could be outside while contributing to the protection and preservation of our wonderful natural… Full story

A shuckin’ good time: Using chemical ecology to restore and preserve Georgia’s oysters

March 14, 2022

Sarah Roney, 2021-2022 Georgia Sea Grant Research Trainee

Growing up in Georgia, I spent a lot of time on Georgia’s coastlines exploring the amazing creatures in our local salt marshes. As a kid learning about the Spartina grasses, fiddler crabs, oysters, periwinkle snails and other fauna and flora… Full story

For the love of shrimp: Investigating shrimp black gill disease on the Georgia coast

February 2, 2022

Megan Tomamichel, 2021-22 Georgia Sea Grant Research Trainee

To me, an ecologist is someone who uncovers the connections between the animals, plants, humans and natural forces that shape our world. I’m currently in the fourth year of my Ph.D. in the Odum School of Ecology at the University… Full story

A research project with a side of community

April 13, 2021

Lauren Carroll, 2020-2021 Georgia Sea Grant Research Trainee

When I was an undergraduate, I experienced many great research opportunities outside of the classroom that took me from the Blue Hole in Belize to the Florida Keys. However, the opportunity that has always ranked highest was the summer I… Full story

Clichè or not, it’s all about the climb

March 10, 2021

Raven Hurt, 2020-2021 Georgia Sea Grant Research Trainee

To know me is to understand that music is my outlet and biology is my passion. I often find myself going back to the lyrics of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” to reminisce on the very journey that has brought me… Full story

What’s a town to dune? How Tybee Island is using native plants to stabilize sand dunes

February 23, 2021

Shannon Matzke, 2020-2021 Georgia Sea Grant Graduate Research Trainee

Halloween 2020 found me crouched in the sand dunes on Tybee Island trying to record accretion measurements while 25 mph winds howled and swirled the sand around me. As it turns out, trying to do field work that day wasn’t… Full story

Hot and sour: How climate change is affecting oyster reef ecology

March 15, 2020

Alex Draper, 2019-2020 Georgia Sea Grant Research Trainee

No, crab soup is not on the menu. In fact, our shifting climate might change what you find on your plate at a seafood restaurant in the near future. I am a Ph. D. candidate in biology at the Georgia… Full story

Show me your (ribbed) mussels

February 24, 2020

William Annis, 2019-2020 Georgia Sea Grant Research Trainee

Growing up, when I would dream about becoming a marine biologist, I always pictured myself in far off tropical places. The last thing I imagined was being waist deep in mud. However, as a marine biologist working in salt marshes,… Full story

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