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August 2015 Calendar

LTER All Scientists Meeting
dates: 08/30/2015 to 09/03/2015
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Latest Publications/Presentations

08/27/2015 –
Andrade, F., Blanton, J.O., Ferreira, M.A. and Amft, J. 2014. Developments in Salt Marsh Topography Analysis Using Airborne Infrared Photography. Pages 317-331 in: Finkl, C.W. and Makowski, C. (editors). Remote Sensing and Modeling. Springer International Publishing. (DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-06326-3_13)
08/27/2015 –
Tellez, M. and Nifong, J.C. 2014. Gastric nematode diversity between estuarine and inland freshwaterpopulations of the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis ,daudin 1802), and the prediction of intermediate hosts. International Journal for Parasitology:Parasites and Wildlife. 3:227-235. (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2014.07.001)
08/27/2015 –
Guo, H., Wieski, K., Lan, Z. and Pennings, S.C. 2014. Relative influence of deterministic processes on structuring marsh plant communities varies across an abiotic gradient. Oikos. 123(2):173-178. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2013.00425.x)

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Latest Data Releases

07/24/2015 – Data Release

CTD profile data for the July 2015 monthly monitoring cruise are now processed, and provisional data sets and plots are available on the private GCE web site.

July:  https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/private/ctd/provisional/2015/July/data/

 

07/09/2015 – Data Release

CTD profile data for the May and June 2015 monthly monitoring cruise are now processed, and provisional data sets and plots are available on the private GCE web site.

May:  https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/private/ctd/provisional/2015/May/data/

June:   https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/private/ctd/provisional/2015/June/data/

06/04/2015 – Data Release

Finalized salinity, temperature and pressure data from GCE MicroCAT sonde moorings near sites GCE1, GCE2, GCE3, GCE6, GCE7, GCE8, GCE9, GCE10 and the new GCE11 freshwater tidal forest site in the Altamaha River are now available in the GCE Data Catalog and GCE Data Portal. In addition to the original 30-minute-interval data, daily-summarized data files were also added to the GCE Data Catalog as additional downloads for all new and existing sonde data sets. More information about GCE moorings is available at http://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/public/research/mon/sounds_creeks.htm.

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Latest File Uploads

08/18/2015 – Document (GCE only)
GCE-EXEC meeting minutes, 18-Aug-2015 (details)

07/24/2015 – Spreadsheet (GCE only)
Sampling log for the July 2015 GCE monitoring cruise (15 July 2015) (details)

07/21/2015 – Document (GCE only)
NSF cover letter for panel summary from June 2015 NSF site review of the GCE-LTER program on Sapelo Island (details)

07/21/2015 – Document (GCE only)
Panel summary from June 2015 NSF site review of the GCE-LTER program on Sapelo Island (details)

07/09/2015 – Spreadsheet (GCE only)
Sampling log for the June 2015 GCE monitoring cruise (17 June 2015) (details)

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GCE Project Announcements

08/27/2015 – Coastal News

With funding provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and logistical support from Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, researchers from Georgia Southern University will release 50 gallons of a non-toxic fluorescent red dye (rhodamine WT) into the Altamaha River outflow from August 31 to September 1, 2015. This release represents the last of four such dye deployments completed by the research team dating back to May 2014. As in previous deployments, the plume of dye that results will be monitored visually and with instrumentation as it flows from the release point (just south of Wolf Island) along the Georgia coast and offshore. Tracking the path of the dye is providing estimates of the extent to which the Altamaha River delivers dissolved substances, both contaminants and nutrients, north and south along the Georgia coast and to hard-bottom reefs, such as Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, occurring up to 20 miles offshore.

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(contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)
08/25/2015 – Conference News

The South Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists will convene in Athens, Georgia on October 26-27, 2015. The meeting will be set at the University of Georgia's Flinchum's Phoenix Lodge, an intimate, scenic venue in Whitehall Forest along the Oconee River. Dr. Merryl Alber, Director of the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research project, will discuss coastal wetland research in Georgia for the plenary. Two days of contributed talks and posters will address various aspects of freshwater and coastal wetland research across the Southeastern US, and elsewhere. Work focusing on "wetland connections" is especially relevant, but any aspect of wetland science is welcome. In the theme of connections, ample time will be allocated for participants to interact, including lunches, breaks, a mixer, and a catered dinner, all complementary. The registration fee is modest(members: $100, member students: $25, prior to October 1). 

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08/16/2015 – Research News

Professor Jan Vymazal and postdoctoral fellow Tereza Brezinova of the Czech University of Life Sciences (Prague) visited the University of Georgia Marine Institute and GCE LTER August 10-14. During their stay, they visited SALTEx  and site 11, the tidal fresh forest, to learn about the effects of sea level rise and saltwater intrusion on coastal wetlands. They also very much enjoyed their time at the beach, swimming in the surf.

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(contact Chris Craft for additional information)
08/08/2015 – Outreach News

The GCE hosted two reporters from PBS NewsHour this past week (8/4-8/5) to film a segment for a program on research related to coastal climate change. The reporters visited the SALTex experimental site on Tuesday with Chris Craft, Dontrece Smith, Ellen Herbert and Merryl Alber, after which we took them in a small boat (courtesy of Jacob Shalack) to see areas where salt intrusion has affected tidal fresh forest. We also showed them the gradient in vegetation along the Altamaha and GCE 11 (our tidal fresh forest site). Back on Sapelo Fan Li described her most recent mesocosm experiment, which is tied to the SALTex work. On Wednesday we visited the flux tower with Chuck Hopkinson and Jacob Shalack. The GCE research will be featured in the NewsHour as well as in on-line content. We will send out information when the program is set to be aired.

(contact Merryl Alber for additional information)
07/20/2015 – Research News

GCE intern Narissa Turner spent the summer working with Fan Li and Steve Pennings on the SALTEX project. She helped Fan with sampling vegetation, and she collected and sorted insect samples from the SALTEX plots. In addition, she found that grasshoppers preferred to eat Zizaniopsis leaves from the plots treated with saline water versus control plots, perhaps because stressed plants had higher levels of nitrogen or lower levels of defenses.

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(contact Steve Pennings for additional information)
07/19/2015 – Outreach News

Professor Xiuzhen Li of the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC), East China Normal University in Shanghai China, visited the GCE LTER and UGAMI. During her week-long visit, she worked with teachers from the GCE Schoolyard to measure SET’s at SALTex and assisted graduate students from the University of Houston with experiments on the island. She also met with the Director of UGAMI and GCE staff during her stay. 

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(contact Chris Craft 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.