The August Eco-Lecture is scheduled for Thursday, August 16th from 5:30-7:00 PM at Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center (networking at 5:30, talk at 6:00).
Join the Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s Water Quality Program Coordinator, Katy Smith, to learn about “Strategies to prevent marine debris from the Georgia coast” on Thursday, August 16th from 6:00-7:00 PM! Katy is one of the state’s leading experts on issues related to marine debris mitigation and microplastics.
Smith was in the first cohort of students to earn a B.S. in Ecology from UGA’s Institute of Ecology (now the Odum School of Ecology) in 1997. After working as a Laboratory Technician in UGA’s Department of Marine Sciences, she joined the Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant as the Brunswick Station’s Water Quality Program Coordinator in 1999. During 18 years with the Marine Extension, Smith has been involved in a variety of research, education, and outreach initiatives aimed toward understanding and protecting coastal water quality.
In 2013, Smith received an Office of Sustainability ‘Outstanding Staff Award’ for her efforts engaging the public in sustainable solutions.
Smith was promoted to Public Service Representative in 2014, and then to Public Service Assistant in 2017. As faculty, she serves on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Advisory Council and the National Sea Grant Water Resources Visioning Team. Through community partnerships, campaigns and educational programs, Smith strives to engage coastal residents in water quality issues, like marine debris, and promote consumer solutions with the goal of maintaining Georgia’s healthy coastal ecosystems.
Eco-Lecture begins at 6:00 PM, but feel free to come early (at 5:30 PM) to enjoy cocktails (or soft drinks) at the Cash Bar. This event is FREE! Tell your friends! RSVP today.