A group of local high school students got an up-close look at oceanography through a special program at UGA’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. The students were participants in the Savannah Science Seminar, a nine-month-long program designed to promote an understanding and appreciation for science through informative, participatory presentations and hands-on workshops in the fields of engineering, technology, mathematics and the medicine.
Their March 27 visit to Skidaway Institute exposed them to some of the topics studied and techniques used in marine research.
Skidaway Institute scientist Julia Diaz organized the evening’s program. After an introductory talk by researcher Jim Sanders, the students were split into three groups that rotated among three science stations.
Physical oceanographer Catherine Edwards explained the workings of autonomous underwater vehicles.
Graduate students Patrick Duffy and Sean Anderson demonstrated the new LIME imaging lab.
Diaz and grad student Sydney Plummer discussed eutrophication and phytoplankton blooms.