Marine Science News, Notes & Events
SSU Marine Science Intern and Athelete in WTOC Story
SSU Students Present at Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium
Nine SSU students attended the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium (SEAMAMMS) in Wilmington, NC, March 1-3. Robin Perrtree (lab manager, former graduate student) and Kevin McKenzie (graduate student) gave oral presentations. Kristopher Drummond, Kalub Holt, Allison Williford, and Andrea Hutwagner (undergraduate Marine Science majors) presented posters.
Ocean Sampling Day
SSU Marine Science Master's Students Kevin McKenzie (NSF GK-12 fellow), Tina Walters, & LaGina Frazier (NSF GK-12 fellow) participate in worldwide Ocean Sampling Day with Dr. Frischer.
Marine Science Student on NOAA Vessel for Spring Bottom Trawl Survey
Savannah State undergraduate William Buchanan spent nearly a week at sea this summer aboard the NOAA vessel Henry B Bigelow. He participated in the final leg of NOAA fisheries' spring bottom trawl survey. William worked with scientists from Woods Hole, MA and volunteers from along the east coast (including Canada) to sample and record all species caught in the Gulf of Maine and along Cape Cod.
4th Annual Research Conference and RIMI Symposium
Congratulations to our Marine & Environmental science award recipients at the SSU ARC presentation event:
Environmental Science Undergraduate Division
Marine Science Undergraduate Division
1st Place – Elijah J. Ferguson
2nd Place – Eric Parks
Marine Science Graduate Division
1st Place – Sarah Ramsden
2nd Place – Mike Scaboo
Final EDGE Cruise
The final one-day NSF EDGE cruise for student monitoring of the Savannah River Estuary was successfully completed on April 23, 2014. We had 13 participants from the SSU Dept. of Marine & Environmental Sciences and 2 from the Georgia Southern University Geology and Geography Dept. contribute to data and sample collection aboard the R/V Savannah.
Applications for Summer 2014 EDGE Internships are Now Being Accepted
The due date to be considered for a Summer 2014 EDGE internship is Monday, April 28, 2014.. Please review the guidelines and complete the application available at: http://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/nat-science/EDGE.shtml. Follow the directions for submission found at the bottom of the application.
NEW MSCI Elective Course Coming Fall 2014
An elective course focusing on Marine Conservation Biology will be offered by Dr. Cox in fall 2014 - TR 12:30-1:45. When it gets added to PAWS, it will either appear as MSCI 4851 Special Topics or MSCI 4501 Current Issues in Oceanography.
Rockdale High School A Wins 2014 Southern Stingray Bowl
15 teams from around Georgia and South Carolina participated in this year’s Southern Stingray Bowl on March 1, 2014. This year we are proud to welcome back Wando High School as well as the new team from Islands High School. Volunteers from Alabama, South Carolina, Atlanta, GA, and Savannah State University came out to support the Southern Stingray Bowl as volunteer judges and event staff. The bowl lasted 7 rounds with Rockdale High School A bringing home 1st place. This year’s first place team has the opportunity to travel national competition in Seattle, Washington in May.
SSU Students Participate at Jekyll Island Green Screen
Congratulations to Jennifer Colley (Marine Sci.), Diane Cowling (Biology), Ashton Arnold (Marine Sci. grad student), and Meghan Maylone (Environmental Sci. graduate) who presented their research at the Jekyll Island Green Screen event on March 1st.
SSU and Georgia Southern Participate on NSF EDGE Estuarine Research Cruise
Nineteen SSU students served on the scientific party aboard the R/V Savannah on the Feb. 6, 2014 NSF EDGE Estuarine Research Cruise. Students contributed to sample and data collection in the Savannah River estuary alongside SSU Marine Sciences faculty and staff and a guest faculty member from the Georgia Southern University Dept. of Geology and Geography.
SSU Marine Science Students Receive SEERS Poster Presentation Awards
Congratulations to SSU graduate students Cameron Brinton and Ashton Arnold for awards received for their poster presentations at the Southeast Estuarine Research Society meeting in Savannah, GA, February 13-15, 2014. SSU was well represented at this event with oral presentations made by Drs. Curran and Morris and by graduate students Jennifer Gut and Brigette Brinton. Additional poster presentations were given by Drs. Franklin and Ebanks, by research staff Kate Doyle, Davielle Drayton, and Michele Sherman; by graduate students Sarah Ramsden and Christopher Murry; and by undergraduates Renee Smith, Tiffany Bostick, and Kelsey Cramer. Go Tigers!
MSCI Student Assigned as Team Leader to Summer 2014 i-Trek Project
Congratulations to Marine Science student, Gage Light, for his new role as Team Leader of the summer 2014 i-Trek research project. To learn more about i-Trek follow the link in the image below.
Marine Science Graduate Student Receives SSU Presidential Graduate Assistanship Position for Spring 2014
Congratulations to MSMS student Sanya Compton for being the recipient of an SSU Presidential Graduate Assistantship. This is the first semester of implementation for this new position.
ONR SENSR Applications Now Available
The Spring 2014 Office of Naval Research SENSR Applications are now available for download at http://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/nat-science/marine-sci-onr-sensr.shtml
Completed applications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 24, 2014.
EDGE Internship Applications Now Available
Spring 2014 EDGE Internship Applications are now available at http://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/nat-science/EDGE.shtml.
Complete applications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 24, 2014.
SSU Dolphin Research Featured on GPB Georgia Outdoors
Georgia Public Broadcasting's Georgia Outdoors released a new episode on Sunday, November 17, 2013 titled "Dolphin Drama" featuring SSU's Marine Sciences professor, Dr. Tara Cox, and her dolphin lab research team. Watch the episode online at http://www.gpb.org/georgia-outdoors/season/all
November 7, 2013 - EDGE Savannah River Research Cruise
Sign up now outside room 105 of the Marine Science building to secure a spot and help build our database on the Savannah River estuary and support student research during one of the last few EDGE cruises.
Congratulations to the NSF GK-12 Graduate Fellows for 2013-14
Kevin McKenzie (Beach High), Brian Murry (Beach High), Brigette Brinton (Groves High), LaGina Frazier (Thunderbolt Elem.), Vinay Arora (Charles Ellis Montessori), Michael Scaboo (STEM Academy). Also, welcome to the NSF GK-12 Interns for fall 2013 – Terry Anderson and Jyosi Blair.
Congratulations to the fall 2013 NSF EDGE Interns
Congratulations to the fall 2013 NSF EDGE Interns who were recognized at the Sept. 12, 2013 SSU Research Awards Day event: Ashley Bassie, Cheyennne Coleman, Kelsey Kramer, Kamilya Daniels, Kalub Holt, Tisheena Howard, Chandler Tillman and Allison Williford.
EDGE Intern Presents at PSLSAMP
Summer 2013 EDGE intern, Travis Young, presented his research with Dr. Paramasivam entitled “Prevalence and Distribution of Health Hazardous Waterborne Microbial Contents in Water Samples Collected from Savannah Water Bodies” at the 8th Annual National Symposium & Research Conference of the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PSLSAMP).
October 2013 Marine Science Day at SkIO
Thank you to all of the SSU undergrads, grads and alumni who helped at SkIO's Marine Science Day event last weekend. Tigers spotted at work: Cheyenne Coleman, Owen Clower, Darius Sanford, Jeremy Campion, Jyosi Blair, Kevin McKenzie, LaGina Frazier, Lieza Greenfield, Devin Dumont, Laura Birsa, Tina Walters, and Zac Tait.
Marine Sciences Graduate Teaching at Sea
SSU Marine Sciences graduate Carolyn Kovacs has been teaching marine biology onboard the SY Argo for the program Seamester. She, five other crew, and twenty-four students left Tahiti in June and spent 80 days sailing to Australia, with stops in Rarotonga, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and of course the Great Barrier Reef along the way. The next group of students is about to arrive for the fall semester, when they will be headed north to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. You can follow their adventures at http://www.seamester.com/blog/
Applications for Fall 2013 EDGE Internships are Now Being Accepted
The due date to be considered for a Fall 2013 EDGE internship is Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. Please review the guidelines and complete the application available at: http://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/nat-science/EDGE.shtml. Follow the directions for submission found at the bottom of the application.
Fall 2013 ONR SENSR Applications Now Available
The Fall 2013 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Students Engaged in Naval STEM Research (SENSR) Internship Applications is now available for download. This semester long internship is open to Freshmen and Sophmores, with less than 60 credit hours majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) in COST, Homeland Security and Emergency Management in CLASS, or other field that would benefit from conducting relevant Naval STEM research. For details about the program and a copy of the internship application (in Word format) click HERE. Completed applications are DUE by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 23, 2013. See last page of application for submission instructions.
Summer 2013 REU Best Presentation Award
Marine Sciences undergraduate student, Kristopher Drummond, received the summer 2013 REU Best Presentation award for his presentation titled “Fusobacterium is a major component of common bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus microbiomes in the South Atlantic Bight”. Mr. Drummond mentored under Dr. Marc Frischer, SSU adjunct faculty, and Marine Sciences graduate student, Kevin McKenzie. During his 8 week Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) internship, Mr. Drummond worked on identifying bacteria present in bottle nose dolphins.
Graduate Student Wins Poster Award at SEERS
Marine Sciences graduate student, Brigette Brinton, received the Best Graduate Student Poster Award at the spring 2013 Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) meeting for her poster titled "The parasitic effects of Probopyrus pandalicola on the behavior of Palaemonetes pugio and the predation preferences of Fundulus heteroclitus". In addition, Brigette also chaired one of the meeting sessions. Other SSU graduate student presenters were Tina Walters, Brian Murry, and Jennifer Gut. The undergraduate student presenters were Faith Palmer, and Meghan Maylone. This year's spring SEERS meeting was held on April 17-19 at the Fort Johnson Complex in Charleston, South Carolina. For more information on SEERS, please visit www.seers.org.
Marine Science Graduate Students Wins Award at 2013 ASLO Meeting
Marine Science graduate student, Tina Walters, received a poster award at the 2013 Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography(ASLO) meeting for her poster titled "Molecular profiling of zooplankton gut content using PNA-PCR and denaturing high performance liquid chromatography (PNA-PCR-DHPLC)." This year's ASLO meeting was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information about ASLO in New Orleans visit http://aslo.org/neworleans2013/
Applications for Summer 2013 EDGE Internships are Now Being Accepted
The due date to be considered for a Summer 2013 EDGE internship is Monday, March 25, 2013. Please review the guidelines and complete the application available at: http://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/nat-science/EDGE.shtml. Follow the directions for submission found at the bottom of the application.
Marine Sciences EDGE intern presents at Jekyll Island Green Screen
EDGE intern Tiffany Bostick presented her poster titled "Seasonal Changes in the Morphology and Anatony of Spartina alterniflora" at the Jekyll Island Green Screen event on February 16, 2013. The festival was a one night event with its main film, a work by Eco Focus Film Festival, focusing on global climate change. Ms. Bostick presented among several researchers working within the Georgia Barrier Islands.
Marine Sciences Graduate now Owner of Spatking Oysters
Former graduate student, Justin Manley is now a Georgia oyster grower and owner of Spatking Oysters. Mr. Manley and his work were recently featured in the below article on savannahnow.com.
To learn more about Mr. Manley's company visit his website at
Curran and Gunzburger Research Article Featured
in Natural Sciences Education
Dr. Curran's education research with colleague Lindsay Bertch Gunzburger is currently the feature cover article in Natural Sciences Education and can be seen at the following link:
Summer 2013 REU Applications are now Available
The Savannah State University Marine Sciences Program Summer 2013 Bridge to Research (REU) applications are now available online. Application deadline is March 1, 2013. See link below for details
Applications for Spring 2013 EDGE Internships are Now Being Accepted
The due date to be considered for a Spring 2013 EDGE internship is Monday, January 21, 2013. Please review the guidelines and complete the application available at: http://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/nat-science/EDGE.shtml. Follow the directions for submission found at the bottom of the application.
Marine Science Student Receives Best Presentation Award at the
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
November 7-10 Marine Science junior, Eric Parks, along with his mentor, Dr. Mathew Ogburn, participated in the 2012 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in San Jose, California. Eric was one of three SSU students receiving a 2012 Best Presentation Award for his presentation titled "Near Shore Surveys of Juvenile Blue Crabs, Callinectes sapidus, in the Chesapeake Bay." For more information on the 2012 ABRCMS conference visit www.abrcms.org.
Marine Science Students Awarded NSF GK-12 Ocean Literacy Fellowships
Five Marine Science graduate students were awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) GK-12 Ocean Literacy Fellowships for 2012-13. The following students have been paired with Savannah Chatham County Public School System science teachers to raise awareness of marine and coastal issues in the Savannah region while supporting overall science instruction. NSF initiated this program to enhance the communication skills of young scientists while supporting them through their graduate thesis research. The participating teachers serve as mentors to the graduate students, while the graduate students serve as science mentors to K-12 students. The 2012-13 GK-12 Fellow-Teacher pairs are Matthew Hunnewell – Coriaunda Young (Beach High School); Crystal Smith – Phyllis Foster (Johnson High School/Beach High School); Catherine Wu – Trent Kissinger and Christopher Schell (Charles Ellis Montessori Academy); Zachary Tait – Mary Rebecca Wells and Anne Erbele (Islands High School); and LaGina Frazier – Jill Lepo-Wieniewitz (Thunderbolt Elementary School).
Fall 2012 Coastal Research Internship Awards
The NSF EDGE Program at Savannah State University announces the award of Fall 2012 Coastal Research Team internships to the following students: Amirra Abduljabbar, Paul Arkwright, Jennifer Colley, Elijah Ferguson, Devan Gann, Anthony Hanley, Kalub Holt, Andrea Hutwagner, Robert Kiser, Keyundrea Meadows, Bruce Patterson, Amanda Schuelka and Chandler Tillman. The interns will become integral parts of the marine science research labs on campus; will be mentored in laboratory and fieldwork by faculty, staff and graduate students; and will assist with upcoming EDGE and GK-12 research cruise events. Marine Science graduate student, Rebeccah Hazelkorn, received an EDGE Research Assistantship to mentor students in the SSU Dolphin Survey laboratory and to assist with cruise data collection and post-cruise GIS map production.
Marine Science Faculty and Students at the 2012 Research Awards Ceremony
Several Marine Science faculty members and their students attended the Savannah State University 2012 Research and Award Ceremony that was held on September 20, 2012. A slide show of the event can be seen at
EDGE Program Coastal Issues Orientation and the Savannah River Estuary
Eight SSU freshmen and new transfer students participated in the EDGE Program Coastal Issues Orientation on Aug. 11-12, 2012 coordinated by Dr. Cox. The new students served alongside Savannah State University and Skidaway Institute of Oceanography faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate EDGE Research Interns aboard the R/V Savannah. Students contributed to the on-going monitoring of the biology, water quality, and sediment properties of the Savannah River estuary by EDGE Program collaborators.
Marine Science Faculty and Students will be on a 8 day
Oceanography Research Cruise
Dr. Chris Hintz, two Marine Sciences students (David Reece, Anthony Hanley) and an Environmental Science Student (Meghan Maylone) will travel to Scripps Institute of Oceanography August 30, 2012 to participate on a 8-day oceanographic research cruise aboard the 279-foot Research Vessel Melville. Scientists from the University of Chicago and Skidaway Institute of Oceanography invited SSU participation based on our students’ previous experiences on Skidaway Institute of Oceanography’s R/V Savannah. The students attended a pre-cruise meeting with another SSU Faculty, Dr. Carol Pride during Aug 24-26, 2012. The SSU group will be aiding the science party in collecting marine sediments and bivalves that will be used to learn about pollution discharged from southern California wastewater treatment plants during the past half century. Further, Dr. Hintz will continue to pursue his research on carbonate chemistry and ocean acidification, taking the opportunity to collect samples from the Pacific. Information about the cruise, its science mission and participants can be found here (https://sites.google.com/site/uchicagocruise2012/home). Information about the R/V Melville, including near real-time location and cameras taking pictures of the work being done at sea can be found here (http://shipsked.ucsd.edu/Ships/Melville/).
(update - 10/19/12)
During their cruise, Dr. Hintz and his students also collaborated with geologist Susan Kidwell on her shell research. Details on Dr. Kidwell's study of shells can be found at
Cohort IX: 2012-2014 Professional Development Program Announcement
Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science (MS PHD’S) Professional Development Program is now accepting applications. The MS PHD’S Professional Development Program provides professional development experiences that facilitate the advancement of minorities committed to achieving outstanding Earth system science-related careers. Today, the program supports 189 mentees of which 35 have achieved their PhD’s and another 60 are currently enrolled in STEM doctoral programs. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2012. For more information, go to:
Marine Science Student, Amara Jones participating in the 2012 Olympics.
Marine Science graduate, Amara Jones, participated in the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. See WSAV news video at the link below for details. Great job, Amara!
Applications for Fall ‘12 EDGE Internships are Now Being Accepted
The due date to be considered for a Fall 2012 EDGE internship is 8:00 AM Monday, August 27. Please review the guidelines and complete the application available at: http://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/nat-science/EDGE.shtml. Follow the directions for submission found at the bottom of the application.
Nicole Abdul Receives Greenberg Fellowship
Nicole Abdul has been awarded a Greenberg Fellowship from the Climate and Environmental Change Initiative Center at Rutgers University where she is completing her PhD dissertation on "Abrupt climate change from sea-level, sea surface temperature, and tropical seasonality perspective - understanding the role of the tropics on our warming planet." Nicole is a 2010 graduate of the MSMS Program at SSU. She was supported by SSU's Oceans of Opportunity Program (NSF OEDG) and the Joint Oceanographic Institution's HBCU Fellowship Program while at SSU, and completed her master's thesis research with Dr. Pride in laboratories at SSU, SkIO, UC Santa Barbara and the Univ. of South Carolina. For more information see: http://climatechange.rutgers.edu/greenberg-abdul.html.
Now Accepting Applications for Graduate Fellowships in the NSF GK-12
Ocean Literacy Program.
Applications for graduate fellowships in the NSF GK-12 Ocean Literacy Program will be accepted through July 11, 2012. Early application is encouraged. Please find the application and directions at the bottom of http://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/nat-science/GK12.shtml.
Direct any questions to Dr. Pride at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marine Science Graduate, Kemit-Amon Lewis, Launches Coral Restoration Video
SSU graduate, Kemit-Amon Lewis, Coral Conservation Manager for The Nature Conservancy of the U.S. Virgin Islands(TNC USVI)recently released a video on coral restoration. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqJXZW8jwjQ&sns=fb
Please consider supporting the TNC USVI restoration project by purchasing some hand crafted coral inspired jewelry at http://www.islandboydesigns.com/
Amara Jones Leads in Track & Field and Academics
Early May has brought many awards for Marine Science student and star athlete, Amara Jones. As one of Savannah State University's women's track and field team members, Amara Jones, gained the top scores for the 200m and 400m at the MEAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Ms. Jones scores assisted in the setting of SSU's new school record of 3:27.27.
In addition, Ms. Jones also took home the Marine Sciences Academic Excellence Award and the COST Special Award at the COST Graduation Reception early this May.
Marine Science Students Participate in 2nd Annual Research Conference
Many Marine Science students presented at the SSU 2nd Annual Research Conference. Student presenters were supported through EDGE, NOAA LMRCSC, Title VII, and GK-12. Fourteen of the presentations involved EDGE cruise data or research supported at least in part by EDGE internships. Check out the WJCL news clip at http://www.thecoastalsource.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=3416504 to view some of the Marine Science student presenters.
Savannah State University Students Shine at the 6th Biennial NOAA Education and Science Forum
Seven SSU Marine Sciences students and their advisors, Drs. Carla Curran and Dionne Hoskins, attended the biennial forum sponsored by the NOAA Office of Education at Florida A& M University from March 26-28. The meeting is designed to provide professional development opportunities and networking for students funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Attending were Noelle Hawthorne (M.S. student), Mone't Murphy (senior), Ana Reyes (senior), Michelle Sherman (M.S. student), Crystal Smith (M.S. student), Dontrece Smith (M.S. student), and Tiffany Ward (M.S. student). The students presented their research at the conference and competed with students from other universities including: Oregon State, Hampton, Howard, University of Miami, Delaware State, University of Puerto Rico, City University of New York, the University of Maryland, and Jackson State. Mrs. Smith brought home top honors in the graduate poster category for her poster entitled "An Assessment of Microbial Extracellular Polymeric Substances (EPS) in Coastal Georgia Sediment." Miss MKurphy won best undergraduate oral presentation for her talk, "NOAA’S Preserve America Initiative: Unlocking the History of African Americans in Georgia’s Coastal Fisheries."
Applications for Summer ‘12 EDGE internships are now being accepted
The due date to be considered for a Summer 2012 EDGE internship is 8:00 AM April 16. Please review the guidelines and complete the application available at: http://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/nat-science/EDGE.htm. Follow the directions for submission found at the bottom of the application.
Scholar-athlete Amara Jones in the News Again
Savannah State University senior Amara Jones was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference women’s track and field athlete of the week for the week ending February 3rd, the conference announced.
Full Story: http://ssuathletics.com/news/2012/2/3/WTRACK_0203121621.aspx
SSU Hosts Tara Ocean Expedition Research Seminar
The Marine Sciences Program hosted presentations entitled Scientific challenges of Tara Oceans expedition by Lars Stemman Chief Scientist on-board & scientist from Oceanological Observatory of Villefranche-sur-Mer; TARA oceanographic sampling strategy and some examples by Daniele Iudicone from Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Napoli and TARA Foundation for Marine Research work in the U.S. by Sy Rotter in SSU Student Union, Activity Room C on Tuesday January 24, 2012 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. more information on the expedition and participating in it can be found at: http://oceans.taraexpeditions.org/
SSU Hosts Outreach Event for Thunderbolt Elementary Students
A “Marine Science Extravaganza” for nearly 50 students from Thunderbolt Elementary School was conducted at the marine sciences building, dock and saltmarsh on Thursday January 19th from10:00 am- 3:00 pm. SSU students and staff conducted hands on research experiences with the students. A photo journal highlighting the events and activities for the day are here . The event was sponsored by the GK-12 program at SSU and organized by Mr. Courtney Pegus, a graduate students in the marine sciences.
Applications for Spring ‘12 EDGE internships are now being accepted
The due date to be considered for a Spring 2012 EDGE internship is 8:00 AM Jan. 23. Please review the guidelines and complete the application available at: http://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/nat-science/EDGE.htm. Follow the directions for submission found at the bottom of the application.
SSU hosts Johnson High Aboard Research Vessel
The NSF EDGE and GK-12 Programs at SSU combined forces on Dec. 8 and 9, 2011 to engage 20 Johnson High School oceanography students in research aboard the R/V Savannah. Students were accompanied by teachers Kathryn Sukkestad and Rose Hunter. The high school students and teachers combined forces with SSU Marine Science faculty, staff and students and a Skidaway Institute of Oceanography staff member to collect data and samples to contribute to ongoing research and monitoring efforts in the Wilmington and Savannah River estuaries. Interns from the SSU EDGE and NASA Programs led a variety of sampling activities and provided instruction to the Johnson H.S. students in addition to graduate fellows from the GK-12 and Title VII programs at SSU.
A link to WTOC’s news clip on the Dec. 9th cruise is below.
University Receives New Vessel Designation and Stability Letters
The University has received the Letter of Designation and Stability Letter from the U.S. Coast Guard for the MARGARET C ROBINSON. Photos and updated vessel specifications are now online at http://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/nat-science/MCROBINSON.htm
New Staff Member
Please welcome Ms. Sugeiry Rivera who joined the University on 12/12/2011 as an Administrative Assistant in Marine Sciences. Ms. Rivera has experience in business and higher education as a Student Financial Assistance Specialist, Enrollment Support Specialist, and Graphic Designer.
Scholar-athlete Amara Jones in the News
Savannah State track and field standout Amara Jones was named MEAC Women's Co-Track and Field Athlete of the Week along with Shanneka Claiborne of Norfolk State. Full Story: http://ssuathletics.com/news/2011/12/8/MTRACK_1208111730.aspx?path=mtrack
Ms. Jones is also a distinguished scholar in the marine sciences sporting a tidy 3.70 GPA.
Dr. Cox Leads Large SSU Lineup at International Marine Mammal Science Meeting
Dr. Tara Cox, faculty, staff and students have been preparing for months for this week’s 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals (www.marinemammalscience.org/conference) in Tampa, Florida, November 27-December 2, 2011. Tara Cox is the Scientific Program Chair, a key role for the success of the meeting. Oral research presentations will be offered by graduate student Kelli Edwards, and Dr. Carla Curran. Research poster presentations will be offered by graduate students Robin Perrtree, Sabrina Bowen-Stevens, Carolyn Kovacs, Rebeccah Hazelkorn and undergraduate students Lance Love and Ana Reyes.
Ana Reyes Selected as a 2011 NOAA Hollings Scholar
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to provide undergraduate students with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. The award includes a stipend of $4,000/semester and a paid summer internship at a NOAA facility the United States and its territories. Ms. Reyes has been offered an internship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and is currently speaking with staff about possible internship in Hawaii. At the end of the summer internship she will present her research at NOAA headquarters in Silver Springs, Maryland.
'Dr. Cox provides expert input for Atlanta news outlet story on marine mammals at the Georgia Aquarium'
'Degrees for the future: Local programs offer global impact' An article by Jessica Leigh Lebos in the September 13, 2011 issue of Connect Savannah
A little program History: 'If you build it they will come.' An article by Jane Fishman in the August 28, 2011 issue of the Savannah Morning News
Faculty Member Attends Workshop/Cruise in the Pacific
Dr. Christopher Hintz, assistant professor of marine science, recently completed the first UNOLS/NSF Chief Scientist Workshop hosted by Oregon State University. The University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) was established in 1971 to organize and manage the joint governmental and academic fleet dedicated to scientific exploration of the world’s oceans. This 10-day workshop funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) was organized by Dr. Claire Reimers, a long-time sea-going oceanographer, to mentor scientists early in the career so they can become successful blue-water oceanographers and lead future oceanographic expeditions. As part of the workshop, the fourteen scientists participated on a 7-day research cruise aboard the R/V Wecoma collecting samples along the Oregon Shelf, out to 120 nmi offshore, and sampling as deep as 3000m. Dr. Hintz collected over 550 seawater samples from the cruise for his ocean acidification research. For more information visit csw.unols.org.
Photo of the Oregon coastline while the R/V Wecoma steamed to its first station in the Columbia River plume (photo credits: top left: C. Reimers; bottom: C. Hintz).
July-August 2011 Issue of Savannah Magazine Article
November 2010 Issue of Georgia Trend Magazine Article
New Marine Science Research and Education Vessel
Through an award from the Office of Education at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University had constructed and is currently outfitting a new 36-foot boat: the R/V (research vessel) MARGARET C. ROBINSON. The vessel was named for Dr. Margaret C. Robinson, who attended Savannah State and graduated with honors in 1952. She was the architect of and advocate for many successful pre-professional degree programs at the University including the pre-medical/dental, marine and environmental science programs. She retired as Dean of the College of Sciences and Technology in 1994 and was on hand when the vessel was delivered at Thunderbolt Marine Inc.
SSU Marine Sciences Graduate Student Receives Prestigious Knauss Fellowship
Marine Sciences Graduate Student Ms. Sanya Compton has been awarded a National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Established in 1979, the fellowship provides a unique educational experience in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. The program is named in honor of one of Sea Grant's founders, former NOAA Administrator, John A. Knauss. Sanya is one of the two new Knauss fellows from Georgia selected this year, along with 49 others nationally, and the second SSU Marine Science graduate student to be selected. Ms. Shelly Krueger was the other. 5/11
Marine Science Major Named to Women’s Nigerian Basketball Federation Team
Savannah State University’s Ezinne Kalu has been named to the 2011 Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) team. Kalu, along with 11 other young ladies, will compete on the Nigerian team in the 2011 “FIBA U19 World Championship for Women” in Puerto Montt, and Puerto Varas, Chile from July 21-31, 2011. See full story at
Marine Science Majors Receive MVP Awards in Track and Basketball
Marine science majors Amara Jones (sprinter-women’s track) and Ezinne Kalu (women’s basketball) were named Most Valuable Players in SSU athletics. See details at:http://www.ssuathletics.com/news/2011/4/14/GEN_0414114604.aspx?path=general
SSU Students Investigate the Georgia Shelf and Savannah River Estuary aboard the R/V Savannah
Two legs of a successful research cruise were completed on April 7-10, 2011. Dr. Chris Hintz led SSU graduate students, a few experienced undergraduates, and staff on a cross-shelf transect to the Gulf Stream. They followed a rigorous schedule of sampling across the shelf and outside of sounds north and south of Savannah. This data collection event nicely complemented the bimonthly Savannah River monitoring completed by SSU and Skidaway Institute of Oceanography faculty, staff and students as part of the NSF EDGE Program. The second leg of the recent cruise, led by Dr. Carol Pride, was used for the Savannah River transect and engaged 13 SSU undergraduates from diverse majors and a local high school student. Experienced undergraduate and graduate students led the less experienced students through data and specimen collection. Students and faculty are using the data and samples collected for class research projects, as well as multiple internship and thesis projects. The huge amount of data and samples collected and the amount of training that took place aboard the ship was enhanced due to technical staff hired through the Title VII and EDGE Programs. These research opportunities for SSU students and Savannah area teachers and high school students are made possible by the collaborative NSF EDGE and GK-12 Programs.
Applications for summer EDGE internships are now being accepted
The due date to be considered in initial review of applications is April 20. Please review the guidelines and complete the application available here or at: http://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/nat-science/EDGE.htm. Follow the directions for submission found at the bottom of the application.
Students Attend Conference - Win Big
SSU was well-represented at the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium (SEAMAMMS) in Conway, SC. in April 1-2, 2011. Students presented four oral presentations and two poster presentations at the meeting. Congratulations to Ms. Kelli Edwards who won Best Oral Presentation by a non-Ph.D. student for her presentation titled “Composition of bacterial communities from the spleen of stranded bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the Atlantic coast of the United States” and Ms. Rebeccah Hazelkorn who won Best Poster Presentation by a Master’s Student for her poster titled “Indication of aggression in Tursiops truncatus through dorsal fin rake marks between begging and non begging dolphins in Savannah GA". Kudos to Dr. Tara Cox for acompanying/mentoring the students and to Drs. Curran, Hoskins and Pride for providing this opportunity to our students with funding from Title VII, LMRCSC, and EDGE externally-funded reserch programs.
EDGE Research Cruise Opportunity Aboard the R/V Savannah
The next EDGE Program Savannah River research cruise is Feb. 18, 2011. Students required to participate for their classes and those in need of samples or data for their research will get priority in placement on participant list. A sign up list for potential participants will be posted on the Marine Science Building dry lab door soon. Use the Request to Participate on SSU Cruises form here to get permission from your professors to miss classes. Notify Carol Pride (email@example.com) if you would like more information on this or future EDGE cruises.
Congratulations to GK-12 Teacher Mentor Trent Kissinger for being nominated for Teacher of the Year by Charles Ellis Montessori Academy.
Graduate Student Zac Tait Goes to Alaska for Thesis Research
See Dr. Marc Frisher's Blog here: http://oceanscience.wordpress.com
You are invited to join French and Marine Science classes at screenings of the 2009 film ‘Oceans’ in the Elmore Theater in the Wiley-Wilcox Student Center on Wednesday December 1 at 4:00 p.m., Thursday December 2 at 4:00 p.m. or Friday December 3 at 1:00 p.m. Clips from the $66 million, ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe over 4 years are available at:
Non- Science Majors Please Note
You may now opt to take MSCI 1501 Introduction to Marine Biology to help fulfill your Core Area D science requirement. The course will include laboratories aboard SSU boats, field trips, and video content similar to that seen in the film. Three sections are available for Spring Semester 2011.
Faculty Receives New University Award
In January 2010, the Distinguished Faculty Research/Grantsmanship Award was instituted under the leadership and administration of the twelfth President of Savannah State University, Dr. Earl G. Yarbrough, Sr. The award recognizes excellence in research and/or grantsmanship performed by faculty at Savannah State University, and the significant impact their work brings to the institution. The award recognizes faculty who bring distinction and honor to the profession through their sustained dedication and commitment to grantsmanship. Dr. Matthew Gilligan received the Award from Dr. Yarbrough and former Acting President Dr. Clyde W. Hall at the 120th Founders Day Observance in Tiger Area on Monday November 22, 2010. After receiving the award Dr. Gilligan thanked Dr. Hall for offering him a faculty position in 1979. Dr. Hall then shared that at the time he was looking for a three year commitment.
SSU Sweeps GIS Day Savannah 2010 Poster Competition
GIS (Geographic information System) Day Savannah is an annual event to introduce GIS education to our local school children and promote the capabilities and use of GIS to the general business community. GIS Day is celebrated internationally as part of National Geographic’s International Geography Week.
The poster competition is designed to support and encourage higher education students around Savannah who utilize GIS, both as a major field of study or as specialized software tool to support other degree or certificate goals.
The winners were 1st place: Sabrina Bowen “Diet analysis of bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus from the Northwest Florida Panhandle in relation to a red tide Karenia brevis bloom”; 2nd place: Courtney Pegus "How do juvenile white shrimp find their way home?" Endogenous swimming rhythms of Litopenaeus setiferus”; and 3rd place: Sheena Corning “Where’s Waldo? Monitoring a disentangled bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus”
Faculty Member and Her Students Make a Sound Splash on the WEB
Dr. Carla Curran is passionate about working with students of all ages. She and her students have been working with fourth graders at Thunderbolt Elementary School in Savannah. Their outreach activities are spotlighted in the following podcast: http://coseenow.net/podcast/. Also featured in the podcast are students Sabrina Bowen, Ajmal Gordon, Elgin Morrison, and Robin Perrtree.
Student Earns Top Award at SEERS meeting
SSU student Mr. Eric Parks won the Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation Award at the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) conference in St. Augustine, Florida (November 4-6, 2010). SEERS is the regional affiliate of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF). Eric’s award-winning presentation entitled “Modifying methods of determining the density of smooth cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora, in salt marshes of coastal Georgia” was based on research that he initiated in the summer of 2010 as a participant in the National Science Foundation Bridge to Research in Marine Sciences Program at SSU (Drs. Matthew Gilligan and Tara Cox, co-PIs). He was mentored by graduate student Mr. Ben Maher while working in the laboratory of Dr. Mary Carla Curran. Funding for him to continue the project in the fall was provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division. Photos attached.
Summer REU Students Present Their Research
The Bridge to Research in Marine Sciences Program participants presented their research on Thursday July 1, 2010, Hubert A, Room 111. The student, mentor(s) and titles were: Jamie Daniels (Ms. Kelli Edwards; Dr. Marc Frischer) ‘Comparison of Bacteria Communities in the Spleen and Mesenteric Lymph Node of a Stranded Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus’, Rachael Randall (Ms. Sabrina Bowen; Dr. Tara Cox) ‘The Foraging Behaviors of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins Tursiops truncatus, in Relation to Tidal Stage, Creek Width, Water Depth, and Group Size within the Waterways of Savannah, Georgia’, Jav’ar Henry (Dr. Matthew Gilligan) ‘Comparative Studies of Finfish Community Structure in Wassaw Sound and Coastal Georgia Using Trawl Sampling’, Mone’t Murphy (Dr. Dionne Hoskins; Ms. Cathy Sakas) ‘NOAA’s Preserve America Initiative: Unlocking the History of African-Americans in Coastal Georgia’s Fisheries’, Eric Parks (Mr. Ben Maher; Dr. Carla Curran) ‘Modifying Methods of Determining the Density of Smooth Cord Grass, Spartina alterniflora, in Coastal Georgia, Aimee Baehrens (Dr. Chandra Franklin) ‘Seasonal Changes in the Morphology and Anatomy of Spartina alterniflora’ Lance Love (Dr. Carol Pride) ‘Dinoflagellate and Diatom Abundance Comparison: Wilmington River Vs. Country Club Creek, Paula Williams (Dr. Chris Hintz) ‘The Distribution of Nutrients Discharged from the President Street Wastewater Treatment Plant into the Savannah River’, Danielle Stewart (Dr. Chris Hintz et al.) ‘Comparative Analysis of the Elemental Composition of the Effluent from a Wastewater Treatment Plant to its Plume in the Savannah River, Georgia’, and Olumide Ajayi (Dr. Fumin Zhang) ‘The Art of Developing Intelligent Marine Robots’.
Students Present Research at a National Science Meeting
Students and their faculty mentors attended the Summer meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) in Santa Fe, NM June 6-11, 2010.
Graduate student Tina Walters made a platform presentation ion her research co-authored with Christy A. Pavel, LaGina M. Frazier, Megan E.T. Peck, Stephanie Chiang, Maryse Y. Leandre, Deidre M. Gibson, Gustav A. Paffenhöfer, and Marc E. Frischer MOLECULAR GUT CONTENT PROFILING OF DOLIOLETTA GEGENBAURI IN SUBTROPICAL CONTINENTAL SHELF INTRUSION WATERS: WHAT ARE THEY EATING?
Undergraduate Christy Pavel won a Blue Ribbon for her poster co-authored with Tina L. Walters, Megan E. T. Peck, LaGina M. Frazier, Gustav A. Paffenhöfer, Marc Frischer ‘MOLECULAR BASED METHOD FOR THE ANALYSIS OF DOLIOLID FEEDING RATES’.