James H. Oliver, Jr., Institute for Coastal Plain Science
The Institute for Coastal Plain Science (ICPS) facilitates studies focused on the fertile world of Georgia’s Coastal Plain, which covers the southern and southeastern half of the state. This environmental region provides researchers with a living laboratory, where forests, marshes, swamps and beaches abound with life.
Georgia Southern University resides in this laboratory, and its faculty and students strive to understand the region’s physical and biological resources in order to find solutions for their sustainable use and management.
To conduct its research, the ICPS partners with the Applied Coastal Research Laboratory (ACRL), a field laboratory located on Skidaway Island near Savannah, Georgia. The ACRL provides logistical support to research teams, including access to both large and small research boats, geological and geophysical field sampling equipment and full Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capabilities. Georgia Southern partners with Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary and the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service, which provides collaborative opportunities for researchers.
With over 125,000 accessioned lots, over one million specimens, their associated data, and an extensive library (reprints, monographs, and books), the U.S. National Tick collection is one of the largest curated tick collections in the world, if not the largest.