Visiting Sapelo Island
General Access Information
GCE-LTER field operations are coordinated from the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island. Access to Sapelo and the Marine Institute are strictly controlled, and require specific permission and advance arrangements. Logistical information about visiting the Marine Institute is available online at http://www.uga.edu/ugami/visit/index.htm, or by contacting Gracie Townsend. Please see the Sapelo Research Requests page for information about requesting permission to conduct research on Sapelo.
Public tours of Sapelo Island are conducted by staff of the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (SINERR) Visitor Center. Information about these tours is available online at http://www.sapelonerr.org/visitor-center. Information about SINERR educational programs is also available at http://www.sapelonerr.org/education-training.
Scheduling Field Work
GCE participants should schedule all field research activities in advance with Jacob Shalack, the GCE Research Coordinator (even if you don't require assistance from the GCE field staff, Jacob may be aware of possible conflicts or opportunities for interaction that might affect your scheduling decisions). Before requesting boat access or planning field work, please review the schedule of upcoming monitoring events in the project calendar to avoid unnecessary conflicts. Tide tables for the GCE study domain are also available online to assist with research planning.
Also, please note that we are working with SINERR and the UGA Marine Institutde to create a GIS database for every field experiment on Sapelo Island. The Sapelo Research Request Form must be filled out and approved before any new study site is established within the NERR or anywhere else on Sapelo. It also must be filled out to maintain any previously established sites. If a tracking form is not on file, any markings or equipment (stakes, pens, flags, etc.) will be subject to removal.
Housing at Sapelo
The GCE LTER maintains a 2-bedroom trailer and 3-bedroom house year-round on Sapelo Island. Graduate students, research staff and faculty-led groups planning GCE-related research on Sapelo are encouraged to use this housing when available to save travel money. Please check with Merryl Alber about trailer availability and Steve Pennings about house availability when scheduling field work. For larger groups or non-research travel, please contact Gracie Townsend in the UGAMI office for your housing needs.
DNR Ferry Schedule for Sapelo Island
The Sapelo Island Passenger Ferry is run by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - Wildlife Resources Division. UGAMI guests pay $5 roundtrip / person. ALL UGAMI guests must pay the ferry fee. Please submit ferry passenger requests to UGAMI at least a week in advance for groups < 10 and at least 3 weeks in advance for groups of 10 or more.
Note: The DNR ferry does not run on most state holidays, including New Years day,
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.