Featured Student: IAN ADAMS

I grew up in a chemistry lab here on campus. With both of my parents being professors (one of Physics and the other of Chemistry) I was set on a scientific path from an early age. I was always taught to have a high appreciation for inquisitiveness and finding out answers on my own, so the move into science and research has always been my primary goal. When I went to college at Birmingham-Southern, a small liberal arts institution in Alabama, I focused into physics.

Featured Student: COURTNEY THOMAS

Courtney and the sunset.

I am from a small town in Missouri, and have always had a healthy curiosity about the world around me. I developed an interest in biology during high school, and went on to receive a B.S. in marine biology from Northwest Missouri State University in 2015. During my time there, I worked with a professor studying aquatic microbial communities. This experience along with my background studying larger marine organisms led me to seek out a degree that would allow me to study the way that marine bacteria impact eukaryotic marine life.

Former Hollibaugh Lab Intern Moves on to University of Oregon’s SPUR Program

Ms. Aimee Oyinlade Oyekan, a UGA Biology major shown here with Professor Hollibaugh, graduated this spring and is now an intern at the University of Oregon’s SPUR program (spur.uoregon.edu).  Ms. Oyekan worked as a student intern in Dr. Hollibaugh’s laboratory during spring semester 2017 on an NSF-funded project to understand the biology of a group of single-celled microbes (Thaumarchaeota) and nitrogen cycling on the Georgia coast.  Ms. Oyekan intends to pursue a graduate degree in environmental studies.

Professor Hollibaugh studies Mono Lake, California

Professor Hollibaugh recently went on a trip to sample arsenic metabolizing microbes in Mono Lake, California.  Mono Lake contains large concentrations (200 mM total arsenic) as a result of geothermal activity in the watershed.  Arsenic has accumulated in the lake since the end of the ice age when evaporation of water from the lake exceeded the sum of fresh water inputs.  Arsenic redox reactions now play a significant role in the net ecosystem metabolism of the lake and in the microbial geochemistry of the lake, as described in a recent publication from Prof Hollibaugh’s laboratory.

Three Marine Sciences Graduate students awarded summer Research Travel Grants

Sean Anderson, Frank Ferrer-Gonzalez and Jurjen Rooze all received Summer Research Travel Grants from the UGA Graduate School. Their proposals were selected for support in a University-wide competition. These awards allow them to carry out field research, foster international collaborations, and participate in workshops and specialized training. Congratulations!

Georgia Sea Grant 2017 Research Symposium

Please join us for the 2017 Research Symposium on June 1-2 at the Graduate Hotel in Athens, Ga. The symposium will highlight Georgia Sea Grant’s research program, where Sea Grant-funded scientists from across the state will share their research findings. A reception will follow.

On day two, prospective researchers are invited to a workshop where we will provide an overview of our FY2018-2020 call of proposals and give tips and advice about preparing a strong application. Registration is required.

Please email Angela Llewllayn at angelal@uga.edu by May 25 to RSVP.

First Year Student Accepted to Prestigious Summer School Overseas

Carolina Ernani da Silva, a first-year master student working with Renato Castelao, has been accepted to attend the prestigious WE-Heraeus-Summer School on Physics of the Ocean in Germany. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation is considered the most important private conveyor in the field of physics in Germany. Carolina was selected among graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from all over the world. “The Summer School will provide a unique educational and professional experience in the field of physical oceanography”, said Carolina. Congratulations, Carolina!

Rising water temperatures endanger health of coastal ecosystems, study finds

University of Georgia Marine Science biologists James Hollibaugh and Sylvia Schaefer found that rising water temperatures could disrupt ocean food webs and lead to the release of more greenhouse gases. Increasing water temperatures are responsible for the accumulation of a chemical called nitrite in marine environments throughout the world, a symptom of broader changes in normal ocean biochemical pathways that could ultimately disrupt ocean food webs.

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