Skidaway Institute scientists peer into the future in fall lecture series

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 www.skio.usg.edu or call (912) 598-2325.

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