UGA Skidaway Institute Launches Virtual 2021 Evening @ Skidaway Lecture Series 

Courtesy of SKIO 

The University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography will kick off its 2021 Evening @ Skidaway speaker series on Tuesday, February 9, with a program on using satellites to explore the ocean. Due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the talk, entitled Oceanography from Space, by UGA Skidaway Institute scientist Sara Rivero-Calle, will be presented virtually. The program will be presented via Zoom and will begin at 7 p.m. 

Rivero-Calle’s research focuses on microscopic marine plants known as phytoplankton. Rather than collecting samples in research vessels, Rivero-Calle uses miniature satellites to study them from space. The miniature satellite Rivero-Calle has been using is named CubeSat and is only slightly larger than a shoe box. 

“With satellites, a whole new world opens up,” Rivero-Calle said. “You can look and take global snapshots of what’s happening in the ocean, which you can’t do if you have to go out in a boat and take your samples.” 

The talk will be the first of 10 Evening @ Skidaway programs to be presented on a monthly basis through November. All the programs will be presented virtually until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted enough to allow a return to in-person presentations. To join the February 9 program, RSVP to You will be sent a link to access the presentation. For more information, call Michael Sullivan (912-598-2325) 

Evening @ Skidaway Virtual Lecture Schedule 

  • Tuesday, March 9 - Natalie Cohen presents What’s so hot about hydrothermal vents? 
  • Tuesday, April 13 - Dan Ohnemus presents A Look at Climate Mitigation Solutions: Ideas for the Century Ahead 
  • Tuesday, May 18 - Adam Greer presents The Secret Life of Ocean Critters 
  • Tuesday, June 8 - Clifton Buck presents Is it the Sun? Skepticism and Myth Making in Climate Science 
  • Tuesday, July 13 - Catherine Edwards presents Alexa, Map Fish Habitats! Artificial Intelligence for Robotic Fisheries Management 
  • Tuesday, August 10 - Open Lab Night, Labs TBA 
  • Tuesday, September 14 - Clark Alexander presents I’m all shook up - earthquakes and tsunamis 
  • Tuesday, October 12 - Marc Frischer presents Climate Change and Shrimp Black Gill - Is There A Connection? 
  • Tuesday, November 9 - Jay Brandes presents The Ocean’s Plastic Problem - A Very 21st Century Pollutant 

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