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UGA helps coastal communities mitigate flooding by creating rain gardens to siphon water

The highest property in the Urbana-Perry Park neighborhood in Brunswick, Ga., sits just 10 feet above sea level. Homeowners William and Bonnie Kitts have lived there for nine years. “This is actually my wife’s father’s grandfather’s home that he grew… Full story

UGA program certifies ecotourism guides at the Georgia coast

Osprey diving for fish, roseate spoonbills foraging in tidal creeks and American oystercatchers tending to their nests on barrier islands are just a few things visitors may see while exploring the Georgia coast by water. A new certification program developed… Full story

UGA part of federal grant targeting preservation of imperiled plants

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is among four conservation organizations in Georgia to receive federal funding to save 14 imperiled plant species. The nearly $780,000 grant, awarded to a partnership led by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR),… Full story

UGA students develop plan to improve infrastructure at Fort Pulaski so that the site can remain open to tourists

A trio of UGA engineering students have found a way to maintain the Fort Pulaski National Monument site as a viable destination for park visitors for the foreseeable future. Sea level rise, severe storms and more frequent flooding have made… Full story

UGA’s State Botanical Garden of Georgia brings buzz to the Athens community

The buzz around UGA this spring is coming from East Campus Road and Sanford Drive. That’s where bees, butterflies and other insects are gathering around new pollinator plant beds installed to raise awareness of the importance of native plants, as… Full story

UGA, fishing industry expand market, protect whales

The University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant is working with commercial fishermen to test advanced gear that could expand their catch and protect endangered North Atlantic right whales, like the one found dead off the coast of… Full story

UGA naturalist retires but legacy will continue on through endowed fellowship

For 30 years, John “Crawfish” Crawford has regaled campers and school children on field trips to the UGA Aquarium, guiding them on nature walks through the salt marsh and introducing them to the many creatures that call coastal Georgia home…. Full story

UGA partners with Okefenokee swamp to conserve and protect native alligators

A partnership between University of Georgia researchers and the Okefenokee Swamp Park focuses on conservation and education efforts needed to maintain the swamp’s native alligator population, which is vital to the economic vitality of the region. On Aug. 27, UGA’s… Full story

UGA partners on study to find sustainable methods of harvesting horseshoe crabs for the biomedical industry

Pacemakers, prosthetic implants, antibiotics, in fact every medicine or medical device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, depend on the horseshoe crab. A protein in the blue blood of the crab is used to test medicine and medical… Full story

State Botanical Garden alliance wins national award for conservation

The Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance (GPCA), headquartered at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA, received a 2019 Environmental Excellence Award in the category of “Ecosystem, Habitat, and Wildlife” from the Federal Highway Administration for its work with the… Full story

Small reptile, big impact: Gopher tortoises in the care of UGA after rescue

Young gopher tortoises are finding a new home at UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant while they come out of their shell—figuratively speaking. The gopher tortoises, Georgia’s official state reptile, were rescued as eggs from a site owned by… Full story

Alumni turn their appreciation for the coast into an opportunity for a student

You can see the salt marsh from nearly every room in Dorothea and Wink Smith’s Hilton Head home. The activity varies with the tide. When the water is high, boats cruise through a channel that connects residents and businesses to… Full story

Tackling trash—and public health—on the Georgia coast

We know picking up trash helps keep our environment clean, but could it also improve human health? Jennifer Gay, an associate professor in the UGA College of Public Health, is studying the impact of volunteer litter cleanups on the environment… Full story

State Botanical Garden research director named to CAES professorship

UGA horticulturist James Affolter, who oversees research at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, was named to the newly endowed Larry R. Beuchat Professorship for Annual and Perennial Ornamental Plant Research. The professorship in the UGA College of Agricultural and… Full story

UGA scientists investigate marine murder mystery

A team of University of Georgia investigators is working on a murder mystery, not your everyday who-done-it, but one in which the investigators are scientists, and the victims are thousands of tiny oyster larvae. The mystery began the in the… Full story

Gift to UGA will boost prairie project at State Botanical Garden

  Native prairie restorations will continue to transform a utility right-of-way at the State Botanical Garden, with support from Georgia Power. The $50,000 gift from Georgia Power will go toward the garden’s prairie project, which is creating about 10 acres… Full story

Lefty returns to the wild; UGA Aquarium gets new sea turtle ambassador

After spending his first three years at the UGA Aquarium, Lefty the loggerhead sea turtle was released earlier this month into the Wassaw Sound from the shore of the Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge on Skidaway Island, near Savannah. Lefty hatched… Full story

UGA installs first large-scale green infrastructure project in Brunswick

The area next to the soccer field at Brunswick’s Howard Coffin Park received a much-needed facelift in the form of native plants and new soil. The 3,000-square-foot tract is a large scale stormwater demonstration project that UGA Marine Extension and… Full story