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About the Georgia Coastal Research Council 

The Georgia Coastal Research Council was established to provide mechanisms for improved scientific exchange between coastal scientists and decision makers in the State of Georgia, and to promote the incorporation of best-available scientific information into State and local resource management. The Council is not a policy organization, but rather seeks to provide unbiased, objective information about scientific issues. The Council staff are located in the School of Marine Programs at the University of Georgia, and are supported with funding from a Coastal Incentive Grant from the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Sea Grant College Program, and the National Science Foundation (through the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems - Long Term Ecological Research Project).  

For additional information about the Council's background and activities, read "Georgia Coastal Research Council: A Forum for Scientists and Managers", a paper presented at the 2003 Georgia Water Resources Conference.

The GCRC organizes the biennial Coastal Georgia Colloquia as a forum for scientists and natural resource managers to share information and to highlight research efforts currently underway on the Georgia Coast. The Colloquia provide an opportunity to focus on the scientific work (biology, chemistry, geology, and physics) being carried out in coastal Georgia. Research presentations are organized into several management-relevant themes. We also use the meeting as a mechanism for managers to describe the types of information that are necessary for their programs.

For more information about the Colloquia, including agendas and selected presentations, please go to: Coastal Georgia Colloquium.

Our staff:

Merryl Alber, Director
Dr. Alber is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at The University of Georgia. She is a marine ecologist who specializes in estuarine ecology and coastal policy. Dr. Alber received a B.S. in Botany/Zoology from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Biology from Boston University's Marine Program.

Margaret Myszewski, Program Coordinator
Ms. Myszewski is a graduate of Drake University, UGA, and the University of Oregon School of Law with a background in environmental and natural resource policy. She comes to us after ten years at the CVIOG, having worked as an environmental policy analyst on such projects as the state Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan and the State Comprehensive Water Plan. She is interested in many water quality and quantity issues that affect Georgia including the interconnection between water use and energy efficiency, land use, sustainable development and climate change.photo of marsh

Joan E. Sheldon, Researcher
Ms. Sheldon is a Research Professional in the Department of Marine Sciences at UGA. She received a B.S. in Marine Science/Biology from the University of Miami (FL) and a M.S. in Zoology from UGA. Her recent projects for the GCRC have included analyses of water quality data, development of candidate indicators for Georgia coastal water quality, and an assessment of water quality status. She has worked on understanding the linkages between climate signals and freshwater delivery to the Altamaha River estuary for the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER program, and will be expanding that work to address other locations on the Georgia coast for the GCRC.


Contact us:

Georgia Coastal Research Council
Marine Sciences Building
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-3636 USA

Telephone (M. Myszewski) 706-542-1283

                       (J. Sheldon) 706-542-0286
Fax (706) 542-5888
Email: gcrc@uga.edu


The GCRC receives funding from:

link: NOAA Link: Georgia CRD Link: NSF Link: LTER Link: GCE-LTER


Any opinions, finding, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material on this site are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsoring agencies or the University System of Georgia.

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This page was updated January 24, 2019