Microbial Transformations of Organic Matter

On October 15, 2014, Marine Sciences Department postdocs Alexey Vorobev (Moran lab) and Oliver Ding He (Medeiros lab) traveled to the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island to collect samples for an NSF project investigating microbial transformations of organic matter. Coastal seawater is being incubated for 24 hours in the dark and then analyzed for microbial gene expression patterns in the context of changes in the chemical signature of dissolved organic compounds.

Genes at Sea

The Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) is an autonomous biological sensor that extracts microbial DNA and measures gene abundances at sea. A month-long deployment of the ESP is underway to investigate the bacterial genes that drive volatile sulfur release from the ocean surface. A UGA Marine Sciences team (including Ph.D. student Brent Nowinski, shown here) is collaborating with scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the University of South Alabama in this NSF-funded study.

Congratulations Charles Schutte!

Charles Schutte successfully defended his PhD dissertation titled “NITROGEN CYCLING AND TRACE GAS DYNAMICS IN SHALLOW COASTAL AQUIFERS” on September 19th.  The goal of his work is to quantify patterns and rates of microbial processes in shallow coastal aquifers that contribute to the production and consumption of bioavailable nitrogen and the greenhouse gases nitrous oxide and methane. Congratulations Dr. Schutte!

Science at the Stadium

Dr. Samantha Joye and the ECOGIG ​team will launch their second "Science at the Stadium" event which is a unique, and exciting series of Education and Public Outreach events.  Dr. Joye and several members of ​the ECOGIG research team will be on hand, ​teaching aspiring ocean explorers ​about the Gulf of Mexico!  ​The event will feature an educational video ​about the Gulf and ​small remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) in a water tank that can be operated by children (or young adults). Participants will receive a laminated Pilot’s license​ ​with their name on it. 

Science at the Stadium

Dr. Samantha Joye and the ECOGIG ​team will launch "Science at the Stadium", a unique, exciting series of Education and Public Outreach events. Dr. Joye and several members of ​the ECOGIG research team will be on hand, ​teaching aspiring ocean explorers ​about the Gulf of Mexico!  ​The event will feature an educational video ​about the Gulf and ​small remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) in a water tank that can be operated by children (or young adults). Participants will receive a laminated Pilot’s license​ ​with their name on it. 

The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is seeking two new faculty scientists

The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, a multidisciplinary research institution located on the Georgia coast near Savannah, and the UGA Department of Marine Sciences within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, invite applications for two, nine-month, tenure-track positions resident in Savannah. Applicants working in diverse marine settings are encouraged to apply, although experience and a desire to work in estuarine, coastal and shelf environments are preferred as are researchers who focus on the roles of anthropogenic forcing on marine processes.

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