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August 2018 Calendar

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Latest Publications/Presentations

08/12/2018 –
Adams, T. and Pennings, S.C. Poster: Long-term saltmarsh katydid (Orchelimum fidiciinium) dynamics on Sapelo Island. 103rd Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 5-10, 2018, New Orleans.
08/12/2018 –
Pennings, S.C. Presentation: Effects of Hurricanes Matthew and Irma on coastal wetlands in Georgia. 103rd Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 5-10, 2018, New Orleans.
08/12/2018 –
Liu, W. and Pennings, S.C. Presentation: Allometric variation of the salt marsh grass Spartina alterniflora across space and time. 103rd Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 5-10, 2018, New Orleans.

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Latest Data Releases

06/29/2018 – Data Release

Provisional SALTEx well logger monitoring data are available on the Project Data page through May 23, 2018. The Schlumberger logger files were corrected for atmospheric pressure and sensor elevation for calculation of water level, and salinity and density were calculated from temperature and conductivity measurements.

03/08/2018 – Data Release

Provisional SALTEx well logger monitoring data are available on the Project Data page through Feb. 14, 2018. The Schlumberger logger files were corrected for atmospheric pressure and sensor elevation for calculation of water level, and salinity and density were calculated from temperature and conductivity measurements.

03/03/2018 – Data Release

Three new data sets using mass spectrometry and other techniques to describe DOM composition in coastal and estuarine waters near Sapelo were added to the GCE Data Catalog by Patricia Medeiros.

ORG-GCED-1508: Dissolved Organic Matter Composition in Doboy Sound and the Altamaha River near Sapelo Island, Georgia in 2012-2013

ORG-GCED-1703: Microbially-Mediated Transformations of Estuarine Dissolved Organic Matter from Doboy Sound, Sapelo Sound and the Altamaha River near Sapelo Island, Georgia in 2012-2013

ORG-GCED-1801: Seasonal Evolution of Terrigenous Dissolved Organic Matter in the South Atlantic Bight off Georgia in 2014

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GCE Project Announcements

08/14/2018 – Website Addition

In early 2017 we added a Long-Term GCE Data page on the private GCE website to highlight our long-term data resources and help GCE researchers prepare for writing the GCE-IV renewal proposal. This page provides links to summary tables and comparison plots to simplify discovery of long-term data sets and help visualize key long-term data trends (see this article from March 2017 for more information).

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(contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)
07/30/2018 – Research News

GCE has been planning on buying a drone for a few years, and we really mean it now. The GCE IV proposal has a lot of research promised that requires a drone, and the technology of drones continues to improve. This year it seems that almost everyone has a drone. Steve wanted to get some aerial video and photographs, and also wanted to improve his personal understanding of drone operations, so UH employee Christian Ramos kindly came to Sapelo for a couple days with his inspire drone. At UH, Christian flies the drone to inspect building roofs, and this approach has saved a lot of money compared to in-person inspections, because the roofs of university buildings were not always designed to be accessibe or safe. At Sapelo, Christian flew over several GCE experiments and field sites, adding to our library of visual materials. Steve found this perspective to be a revelation--the world really does look different from 150 feet up. You see things that you can't see in person or in google earth.

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(contact Steve Pennings for additional information)
07/27/2018 – LTER News

Research findings from SALTEx (Seawater Addition Long Term Experiment) were highlighted in the July LTER Newsletter (https://mailchi.mp/nceas/lter-science-update-2018-july).  A paper published by Herbert et al. in Biogoechemistry document dramatic changes in plant-microbe carbon cycling in treatments receiving long term continuous additon of brackish water. Read the full story here: https://lternet.edu/stories/a-balancing-act-for-coastal-freshwater-marshes/

(contact Chris Craft for additional information)
07/26/2018 – Announcement

John Schalles recently gave an interview to Creighton University's public relations manager about his ongoing GCE work and the new GCE-IV grant. The interview was featured in Creighton Today in an article titled "'A dynamic period here': Creighton professor's research on coastal ecosystems gets another round of NSF funding" (available online here).

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07/24/2018 – Education News

The 2018 GCE LTER Schoolyard was a tremendous success this year with 16 enthusiastic participants. There were 8 returning participants, 8 newbies and more projects than ever. Projects included a new study in the Cypress Swamps of the Altamaha, fish bioacoustics, and “hidden heroes” of the salt marsh. All on board even helped with the new community garden in Hog Hammock. When asked “What is your favorite part?” one participant said, “All of it! I enjoyed being able to work with researchers in the field and do real, first-hand science! I’m excited to take these opportunities back to my students!”.

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07/22/2018 – Research News

Dr. Victor Thompson and doctoral candidate Katharine Napora of the University of Georgia Department of Anthropology have been awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant for Katharine's dissertation research, "A Dendrochronological Approach to Climate and Culture at the Late Archaic-Early Woodland Transition on the Georgia Coast, USA."

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(contact Victor Thompson for additional information)

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959 and OCE-1237140. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.