Archive for July, 2010

Skidaway scientist Dana Savidge promoted

July 28, 2010

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography researcher Dana Savidge has been promoted to associate professor.

Dr. Dana Savidge

A physical oceanographer, Savidge joined Skidaway Institute in 2003 as an assistant professor. Savidge studies Gulf Stream variability and ocean circulation, with projects on the continental shelves of Cape Hatteras, Georgia, and Antarctica. One key component of Savidge’s research is a shore-based radar system that measures surface ocean currents as far as 125 miles off the Georgia coast.

Savidge earned her bachelor’s degree in physics from Hanover College (Indiana) and her master’s degree in geophysics from Georgia Tech. Her doctorate in marine sciences is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Skidaway Institute scientists peer into the future in fall lecture series

July 26, 2010

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography will present its 2010 Fall Lecture Series entitled “Crystal Ball: Changes Afoot for Our Oceans and Coast in the 21st Century.” The series will explore some of the pressing issues affecting the marine environment and what that means to mankind. The series will consist of four programs, each consisting of two separate lectures. Each program will be presented twice — once at the Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA) on Abercorn Street in Savannah and the other in the McGowen Library Auditorium on the Skidaway campus.

All programs will begin at 7 p.m.

Skidaway Institute director Jim Sanders will kick-off the first program on Monday, September 20, at the JEA and Thursday, September 23, at Skidaway Institute. Sanders will look at man’s impact on the ocean and a prognosis for its future. He will be joined by Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary superintendent George Sedberry who will discuss the issue of declining fisheries.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be the subject of a presentation in the second program on Monday, September 27, (JEA) and Thursday, September 30, (Skidaway Institute.) Jay Brandes will explain some of the science behind the spill and clean-up. Elizabeth Mann will join him on the program to discuss how changes at the very bottom of the marine food-web can affect life everywhere on the globe.

The Georgia coast will be the focus of the third program on Monday, October 4, (JEA) and Thursday, October 7, (Skidaway Institute). Clark Alexander will explain how rising sea level impacts the Georgia coast, and Bill Savidge will explore our coastal salt marshes and how they contribute to the environment.

The final program will be presented on Monday, October 11, (JEA) and Thursday, October 14, (Skidaway Institute.) Marc Frischer will describe new scientific tools for tracking difficult-to-find non-source pollution in area waterways and Dana Savidge will explore the way scientists are developing and using new technologies to study the ocean.

Admission to the lectures will be $5 per program for adults. Students and Skidaway Marine Science Foundation members will be admitted free.

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

Catherine Edwards joins Skidaway Institute

July 26, 2010

Physical oceanographer Catherine Edwards has joined the faculty of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography as an assistant professor.

Edwards  received both her bachelor’s degree in physics and her doctorate in physical oceanography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Florida State University.

Edwards is a coastal physical oceanographer with research interests in shelf-scale and nearshore processes. Her work includes modeling and observing coastal tidal, wind-forced, and density driven-dynamics, as well as coastal meteorology and air-sea interaction.

Edwards’ current projects include larval transport mechanisms for fisheries in the northeast Gulf of Mexico; the interaction of high frequency winds and currents in the South Atlantic Bight and Gulf of Mexico; tide-correlated eddies near the Gulf Stream; and the processes that transport nutrients and biomass onto the shelf of the South Atlantic Bight.