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Tybee Beach Diversity by Dr. Joe Richardson

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This is one of those great times of the year when you can see why Tybee Island is such a great place to find a large variety of animals and sea weeds. This is one of those times when cold species from the north, and tropical/warm species from the south are overlapping each other right here. For more information about this, here is a link to a page I put on my website. We have been seeing signs of this recently during our Tybee Beach Ecology Trips.  The Horseshoe crabs are coming up on the beach to mate, the fishermen are beginning to catch a larger variety of fish, the windy weather is stirring up the bottom and offshore things are washing ashore; so every beach trip is producing something new and unexpected.

~ Joe Richardson
Dr. Joseph P. Richardson received a BA degree in Biology (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Tennessee in 1974, and a Ph.D. degree in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina in 1978. He joined the faculty at Savannah State University in January 1979, helped develop the marine sciences programs at SSU, retired as a full professor of marine sciences in 2007, and is SSU’s first Professor Emeritus of Marine Sciences. He has taught graduate-level and undergraduate courses in invertebrate zoology, marine and environmental chemistry and analysis, botany, marine science field studies, oceanography, biological oceanography, physiological ecology, and mariculture. While working to develop improved methods for citizen-based water quality monitoring projects in coastal environments, Dr. Richardson served as the Director of the Coastal Region Training Center for the Georgia Adopt A Stream Program and assisted citizens throughout the coastal zone establish volunteer water quality monitoring programs. Over the past recent years, Dr. Richardson has trained thousands of individuals to collect, analyze and report basic chemical water quality parameters. For more than twenty years, he has secured funding and taught a graduate-level marine field studies course for Georgia teachers in the Bahamas.

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