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Former Professor Honored


(June 7, 2012) The University of Georgia’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium will celebrate the contributions of the late Peter Verity, former adjunct professor in Armstrong’s College of Science and Technology and long-time professor of biological oceanography at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, with the opening of the “Sea Jellies of the Georgia Coast” exhibit and dedication of the new Ctenophore tank to Verity.

The exhibit honors Verity’s research at the Skidaway Institute and includes data from the work of one of his former graduate students, Laura M. Birsa, and her scientific publication “Temporal and spatial patterns of abundance and size of Appendicularians and Ctenophores in the Skidaway Estuary and relationships to important environmental variables.”

The opening of the permanent exhibit will coincide with UGA’s Marine Extension Service Aquarium family day on Saturday, June 9 in observance of World Oceans Day 2012. World Oceans Day, celebrated globally since 2003, provides marine science information and activities for the public. To recognize the date locally, the Marine Extension Service will host hands-on education programs focused on marine debris and how it affects Georgia's sea jellies, coastal waters and the ocean. More information on the day’s events and family-oriented activities can be found here.

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