The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is a multidisciplinary research institution within the University System of Georgia, dedicated to advancing the understanding of coastal and marine environments. The Institute: conducts leading edge research on marine and coastal systems, helps train tomorrow's marine scientists, serves as a gateway to marine environments, and integrates University System marine programs. The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is not a degree-granting institution, but its faculty hold adjunct appointments at USG institutions, serving as mentors and advisers for undergraduate and graduate students. The Institute provides Georgia with a nationally and internationally recognized center of research, educational, and service excellence in marine science. This is achieved through the development of strong programs across a broad range of sub disciplines, ranging from local economic and environmental issues to global processes and phenomena. Committed to excellence in research, education, and public service, the Institute strives to create a more knowledgeable citizen capable of promoting sound utilization of natural coastal and marine resources while capitalizing on coastal economic opportunities.