Archive for February, 2009

Skidaway Institute spring lecture series to focus on man and the ocean

February 13, 2009

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography will host a series of four science lecture programs this spring focusing on the 21st century ocean and man’s interaction with it. Under the umbrella title “Living with the Ocean” the four two-hour programs will be presented at the Coastal Georgia Center on Fahm Street in downtown Savannah and then repeated in the Skidaway Institute library auditorium. Each program will consist of two speakers from the Skidaway Institute faculty and run from 7-9 p.m. at both venues. Admission will be free.

“In the 21st century, it is vital that all of us become ‘ocean literate,’” said Jim Sanders, director of Skidaway Institute. “We expect this series of programs will be both interesting and informative to anyone who cares about the world around us.”

According to Sanders, many of the vital issues facing society involve the ocean. “The ocean is a major factor in global climate change, our food supply and coastal development, just to name a few,” he said.

Sanders will kick off the first program, “One Big Ocean,” on Tuesday, March 10, at the Coastal Georgia Center with a presentation titled “Oceanography 101: What every science literate person should know about our ocean planet.” Jay Brandes will provide the second half of the program with a talk on “The most amazing substance on Earth – water.” This program will be repeated on Thursday, March 12 at Skidaway Institute.

The second program “The Oceans Drive the Earth” will focus on the ocean’s role in global climate change and the origins of life in the ocean. Skidaway Institute professors Stuart Wakeham and Marc Frischer will be the featured speakers. It will be presented at the Coastal Georgia Center on Monday, March 30, and at Skidaway Institute on Thursday, April 2.

On Monday, April 20, scientists Clark Alexander and Bill Savidge will present a program on “Living Near the Ocean,” which will address the complex relationship between man and the environment in the coastal zone. The Skidaway Institute program will be held on Thursday, April 23.

The final program in the series will be held at the Coastal Georgia Center on Monday, May 11 and at Skidaway Institute on Thursday, May 14. Titled “Planet Earth in the 21st Century,” professors Peter Verity and Herb Windom will outline the ways mankind is changing the ocean, and how developing technologies are being used to monitor the ocean and the coastal environment.

For additional information, call Michael Sullivan at (912) 598-2325 or visit the Skidaway Institute Web site at