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The UGA Marine Institute, founded in 1953 by Eugene Odum, has been a center of nearshore ecological research on salt-marsh dominated coastal ecosystems since its inception. UGAMI supports ongoing research by resident and visiting researchers in a broad range of disciplines, and also provides access and facilities for college classes to experience field research and gain an appreciation of the Georgia coast.

Current research interests at UGAMI are oriented towards the study of basic processes within marshes as well as the system level ecology of the salt marshes, their associated estuarine complexes, and the inshore coastal ecosystem.

UGAMI adminsters the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research site, which was established by the National Science Foundation in 2000.

UGAMI publications--nearly 1000 in number--are gathered together into volumes of Contributions. Contact the librarian, Laura Cammon, UGA Marine Institute, Sapelo Island, GA 31327, for more information. An interactive bibliography of Sapelo related research is also available online in the GCE Bibliographic Database.

UGAMI is bordered by the 6,100 acres of the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, a partnership between the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. SINERR is dedicated to research, education, stewardship, and sound management of coastal resources.