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A New Normal for Outreach and Education

March 10, 2021

Melissa Belen-Gonzalez, 2020-21 Marine Education Fellow

My marine education fellowship has a variety of responsibilities, the most prominent being environmental education. As a fellow, I look forward to teaching coastal ecology and marine science to all age groups. However, as we tread the COVID-19 pandemic, being… 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

Rolling with the punches: The misadventures of a Marine Education Fellow during a pandemic

December 16, 2020

Emily Griffith, 2020- 2021 Marine Education Fellow

Over the past three months, I’ve experienced a lot of transition since I moved to Skidaway Island, Georgia, to serve as one of four Marine Education Fellows this year at the UGA Aquarium! Social distancing protocols have changed what our… Full story

An aspiring food scientist’s mission to introduce jellyfish in the American market

November 25, 2020

Peter G. Chiarelli, 2020-21 Georgia Sea Grant Graduate Research Trainee

After finishing my bachelor’s in food science at the University of Florida, I decided to pursue my graduate degree at UGA because I was fascinated with the idea of working with edible jellyfish. It was something too intriguing to pass… Full story

Being open to the journey: reflections from a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

October 8, 2020

Emily Horton, 2019 – 2020 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

“Not all who wander are lost,” – J.R.R. Tolkien. This quote resonates with the value and vision driven—albeit less conventional—journey I have taken that has led me to a Ph.D. in Integrative Conservation and Anthropology and my current position as… Full story

Trawls and Tribulations

August 6, 2020

Talia Levine, 2019–2020 Georgia Sea Grant Graduate Research Trainee

A year ago, I arrived at the UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Brunswick Station in Glynn County on the Georgia coast. I was conducting my master’s research in the Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development Program at UGA’s Odum… Full story

A new solution to a looming shortage of lithium: The ocean!

July 22, 2020

Po-Wei Huang, 2019-2020 Georgia Sea Grant Graduate Research Trainee

My experience as a volunteer in Chiang Rai, a remote area of Thailand that lacks good energy, water and education infrastructure, inspired me to work on sustainability research and develop affordable renewable energy technologies as part of my graduate studies…. Full story

Early stage reflections on pursuing a career in fisheries conservation

July 6, 2020

Guy Eroh, 2020-2021 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

For as long as I can remember, I have thought that fish are the most fascinating creatures in the world which is why I am dedicating my life to fisheries conservation. As a student at the University of Georgia, I… Full story

Preparedness from a social science perspective

June 18, 2020

Brooke Felt, 2019-2020 PSO Graduate Assistant

My name is Brooke Felt, and I am a PSO Graduate Research Assistant with the Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. I am working on my master’s in clinical social work and public health with a focus on health promotion… Full story

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