Archive for September, 2012

Here is a tentative schedule of events for Skidaway Marine Science Day

September 24, 2012

Skidaway Marine Science Day

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Noon to 4 p.m.

  • Jay Wolfe Nature Trail, Interpretive Cabin, Interpretive Gardens (Open at 10 a.m.)
  • University of Georgia Aquarium Open – Free Admission
  • “Ossabaw” the Loggerhead Sea Turtle on display (Aquarium)
  • Touch Tanks (Aquarium)
  • Behind the Scenes peeks at the UGA Aquarium. Every 10 minutes. Maximum of 15 visitors at a time. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  Line up at back aquarium door.
  • Environmental Group Exhibits (Skidaway Institute Quad)
  • Tours of Research Vessel Savannah (Skidaway Institute Dock)
  • Plankton World (Marine and Coastal Science Research Center)
  • Build a Plankton (Tent outside the Marine and Coastal Science Research and Instruction Center)
  • Science Exhibits (Skidaway Institute Quad & R/V Savannah)
  • Microbe Hunt – Grab a swab and find the microbes in the world around you.  (Skidaway Institute Quad)
  • Gray’s Reef ROV Activity (Skidaway Institute Quad)
  • Oyster Reef Restoration Displays and Activities (Shellfish Lab Patio)
  • Habitat Explorations “Oceans” (Aquarium Day Group Room)
  • Habitat Explorations “Plankton” (Aquarium Plankton Lab)
  • Habitat Explorations “Tidal Creeks” (Aquarium Invertebrate Lab)
  • “Marine Debris” (Aquarium Art Lab)
  • Crabbing on the Dock 1-3 p.m. (UGA Marine Extension Service Dock)
  • The Savannah Blood Alliance Blood Donation Drive (Aquarium Parking Lot)
  • Door Contest:  Visitors can enter their name in a drawing for a Free Season Family Pass to the Aquarium. Sign up at front desk in Aquarium Lobby.
  • Radio Broadcasting – Adventure Radio Group


12:15 PM — Fish Feeding (Aquarium)

12:30 PM – “Bridges and Bulls: A history of Skidaway Island” A talk and walking tour by Dr. Bill Savidge

1:00 — Shark Dissection with Curator Devin Dumont (Aquarium Invertebrate Lab)

12:30 PM – Plankton Sink- Off Preliminary Round (Tent outside Marine and Coastal Science Research and Instruction Center)

1:30 PM – “What are scientists talking about?” A series of short talks by Skidaway Institute scientists on current research and issues in marine science.  – McGowan Library Auditorium

1:30 PM – Plankton Sink Off Preliminary Round (Roebling House)

1:50PM — Fish Feeding (Aquarium)

2:00PM — Reptile Show with John “Crawfish” Crawford, Marine Educator (Screened porch.) – Gators, snakes, turtles, and lizards, OH MY! Develop a greater understanding of some of the most amazing vertebrates found along the Georgia coast.

2:30 PM – Plankton Sink Off Preliminary Round (Tent outside Marine and Coastal Science Research and Instruction Center)

2:00 PM – Skidaway Island History Talk and Tour by Dr. Bill Savidge (McGowan Library Auditorium)

2:30PM — Behind the Scenes Tour (Aquarium)

2:30 PM – Plankton Sink Off Preliminary Round (Tent outside Marine and Coastal Science Research and Instruction Center)

2:50 PM — Fish Feeding (Aquarium)

3:00 PM – Georgia Sea Turtles with John “Crawfish” Crawford, Marine Educator (Screened Porch) – Join in this fun and exciting know all about sea turtles, especially the ones that use Georgia beaches as nesting sites.

3:30 PM – Plankton Sink-Off Final Round (Tent outside Marine and Coastal Science Research and Instruction Center)

Participating Environmental and Educational Groups

  • Georgia DNR-CRD
  • Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary
  • The Dolphin Project
  • Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
  • Georgia Sea Turtle Center
  • Tybee Marine Science Center
  • Sierra Club
  • Skidaway Island State Park
  • Georgia DNR – Law Enforcement
  • Georgia DNR – Underwater Archaeology
  • Savannah State University Marine Sciences Department
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University Diamondback Terrepin Project
  • Youth for a Cleaner Environment

And then a turtle started messin’ with it…

September 21, 2012

Mary Landers from the Savannah Morning News wrote a cute story for the front page of yesterday’s paper about this love sick loggerhead. Click on the picture to read the story.

Berger’s co-authors paper in Marine Biology

September 10, 2012

Stella Berger is one of the co-authors of a paper published recently in the journal, Marine Biology. The project studied the effect climate change has on the timing and magnitude of spring plankton blooms in both fresh- and saltwater ecosystems.

The entire paper can be accessed at: