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Spend some evenings at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Guest columnist

The University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography has a program called, “Evening@Skidaway” that gives you the opportunity to attend lectures involving a multitude of subjects related to oceanography.

I have yet to attend a lecture that was not fascinating and very educational. It is an opportunity for anyone to further their understanding of our complex ocean system and specifically our own coastline.

There is no charge for the programs but certainly, in my opinion, a membership or a donation would be greatly appreciated. Either way, their real interest is in dispensing knowledge.

I told the Institute that I was going to put their schedule in the paper. I didn’t tell them I was going to solicit memberships for them! Hope they don’t mind.

Our scientific community, particularly our marine scientists at the Skidaway Institute do so much for us in a quiet and generally unrecognized labor of love. They can be a little bashful about asking for money but scientists depend a lot on grants and other funding to get their research done.A great deal of the material is geared for the “non-scientist.” I am sure someone at the Institute would be happy to advise you accordingly.

This is a great program for both teachers and parents too. We all need to know more about where we live. Attending a lecture by one of the folks at Skidaway Institute is absolutely getting the information from the proverbial “horse’s mouth.”

Come early, stay late. It’s free! I think recorders and notes are acceptable. Check with the person who answers the phone.

Here’s a lineup of upcoming lectures:

May 14: Elizabeth Harvey, The Ocean, The Earth’s Medicine Cabinet June 11: Julia Diaz- Fertilizers, food and Marine Health, the future depends on phosphorus.

July 9 : Clark Alexander, The Dynamic Shorelines of Georgia, Past,Present and Futures Aug. 13: Open Lab Night, Tour Skidaway Institute labs and visit informally with researchers.

Sept. 10 : Catherine Edwards, Hurricane Gliders, Using Ocean Robots to Improve Tropical Storm Forecasts Oct. 10: Jay Brandes, Water, The Most Complicated Simple Substance.

Nov. 12: Bill Savidge, The View From the Porch, The Ocean in Savannah’s Front Yard.

Dec. 10: Marc Frischer, The Ocean – The Cradle of the Earth’s Biodiversity All programs are open to the public. Admission is free. Space is limited. Call 912 598-2325 to reserve seats or email

Should you decide to donate or purchase a membership, send checks to: Associates of Skidaway Institute, 10 Ocean Science Drive, Savannah, GA, 31411, or donate online at at and click “join” on top menu.

Hubbard is a local environmentalist.

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