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‘One Big Ocean’ kicks off Skidaway Institute spring lecture series

March 5, 2009

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography spring lecture series will begin with a two-speaker program titled “One Big Ocean.” The program will be presented twice, on Tuesday, March 10, at the Coastal Georgia Center on Fahm Street in downtown Savannah and again on Thursday, March 12, in the library auditorium at Skidaway Institute. Both programs will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The program is the first of four science lectures under the umbrella title “Living with the Ocean” that will focus on the 21st century ocean and man’s interaction with it.

james-sanders-webSkidaway Institute Director Jim Sanders will begin the program with his talk “Oceanography 101: What every science literate person should know about our ocean planet” Sanders’ talk will address the general principles and concepts that govern the functioning of the oceans.

“I hope to help the audience to understand how the oceans influence life on earth, and how people influence the ocean,” Sanders said. “With this knowledge, people should be better able to make informed and responsible decisions about the ocean and its resources.”

jay-brandes-webSkidaway Institute professor Jay Brandes will present the second half of the program with a talk titled “The most amazing substance on Earth – water” Brandes will examine how water is an essential component of life on Earth.

“Not only does it makes up the majority of our and other life forms’ bodies, but it transports heat around the globe, dissolves nutrients and other elements from rocks, and provides an environment that occupies 70 per cent of the surface of our planet.,” Brandes said.

The next program in the series will be:

“The Oceans Drive the Earth”

Monday, March 30, at the Coastal Georgia Center

Thursday, April 2, at Skidaway Institute.

“Living Near the Ocean”

Monday, April 20, Coastal Georgia Center

Thursday, April 23, Skidaway Institute

“Planet Earth in the 21st Century”

Monday, May 11, Coastal Georgia Center

Thursday, May 14, Skidaway Institute

All programs will begin at 7 p.m.

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