Who are we?

This is a blog for the faculty and staff of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.

We are a top-tier marine research laboratory in Savannah, Ga. Our scientists conduct research on a range of subjects, most of which are related to the salt water environment. Their travels take them all over the world. Hopefully, we can use this blog as a way to talk about some of the cool activities happening here.

I am Mike Sullivan, the external affairs manager (communications, etc.) here. I’ll edit this blog and contribute material from time to time. I hope to get some of our research team to also contribute entries on their work, experiences and travels.

Here is some background information on Skidaway Institute.

We are part of the University of Georgia. The educational component of our mission is to provide the research-based physical (labs, research vessels, access to a marine environment) and academic (working marine scientists) resources not available for students at a land-locked campus. (It is tough to conduct oceanographic field research when your campus is 200 miles from the ocean.) So we have undergraduates who come to us for research-internships, and we have graduate students at both the masters and doctoral levels who conduct their research projects here.

We also host students from elsewhere in the US and around the world.

The larger mission at Skidaway Institute is to conduct leading edge oceanographic research. We have a strong focus on issues related to Coastal Georgia, our scientists study the marine environment wherever their research interests and grant money will take them. Recent research trips have gone to New Zealand, the Mediterranean Sea and Canadian Pacific Coast.

The research here tends to focus less on the animals that swim in the ocean, at least those large enough to see with the naked eye, and more on what is happening in the water at the chemical, physical, geologic and microbiological levels. So when I get calls from reporters looking for experts on migrating right whales or shark bites, I have to send them elsewhere.

We may not have a shark expert, but there is a lot of interesting research happening here. We have 16 Ph.D.-level faculty scientists, each of whom has his/her own team of research assistants and laboratory. At any given time, we have roughly 65 projects running.

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is located at the north end of Skidaway Island in suburban Savannah. We have a 600+ acre campus that was once a cattle plantation that the owner donated to the state. We share campus with several other agencies who share similar areas of interest.

  • University of Georgia Marine Extension Service
  • Georgia Southern University Applied Coastal Research Laboratory
  • NOAA – Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary
  • Savannah State University
  • Georgia DNR Underwater Archaeology Program
  • The Nature Conservancy

We also operate a 92-foot ocean going research vessel, the RV Savannah, which is used by our scientists, but also researchers and agencies from around the country and internationally.

You can find out more about Skidaway Institute through our Web site at www.skio.uga.edu.

We would appreciate any comments on this blog or any of the topics we’ll be discussing.

Thanks for your interest.

This entry was posted on Thursday, Aug

3 Responses to “Who are we?”


    please have Richard Hugely call me , I lost my phone, call at 912-674-6692 or 912-576-9559 suzzy, he is the engineer on the RV Savannah, thank you , Donna Ingersoll


    Please have Richard Hugely call me, I lost my phone, he is the engineer on the RV Savannah, Suzzies phone number is cell- 912-674-6692, home- 912-576-9559, Thank You, Donna Ingersoll

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