Seminar: Insights into phytoplankton evolution and ecology through environmental genomics: individual genes to community transcriptomics

Dr. Adrian Marchetti from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Marine Sciences will present a seminar titled, Insights into phytoplankton evolution and ecology through environmental genomics: individual genes to community transcriptomics.  

Lydia (Meg) Babcock-Adams receives the Presidential Award of Excellence!

Marine Sciences interdisciplinary undergraduate and Masters graduate student Lydia (Meg) Babcock-Adams working in the Medeiros lab was one of the 12 Franklin College students selected by our dean to receive the Presidential Award of Excellence! She was selected based upon her academic credentials and outstanding contributions as a member of her class. The award will be presented to her at the 2015 Presidential Honors Day Luncheon that will be held at President Jere W. Morehead’s house on April 15, 2015. Less that 1% of the graduating class from each college will be honored at this event.

The secret code of marine plankton.

What types of compounds and signals are passed between phytoplankton and bacteria in the ocean? Marine Sciences doctoral student Bryndan Durham discovered two previously unknown organic sulfur compounds that are released by diatoms into seawater and rapidly scavenged by nearby bacteria. Her research, with major professor Dr. Mary Ann Moran, was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (see link).

Natalie McLenaghan receives the 2015 Knauss Fellowship

Natalie McLenaghan, a Master of Science student working with Dr. Merryl Alber has received the 2015 Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship.  She will be working in the Office of Habitat Conservation in the NOAA Restoration Center, as the Gulf Restoration Science and Policy Analyst and will be involved with monitoring and assessment of damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She will start her placement in February and we wish her all the best.


Dr. Samantha Joye is named AAAS Fellow

Samantha Joye, UGA Athletic Association Professor of Arts and Sciences and professor of marine sciences has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon them by their peers for "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."  Dr. Joye is an expert in quantifying rates of microbial hydrocarbon metabolism and environmental geochemical signatures in natural environments.


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