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.
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.