James H. Oliver, Jr., Institute for Coastal Plain Science
The Institute for Coastal Plain Science 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, rivers, marshes, swamps and beaches abound with life.
The mission of the ICPS is two-fold: 1) to promote, in coordination with public and private partnerships, interdisciplinary research and education directed toward understanding the physical and biological resources occurring in the region and their sustainable use and management, and 2) to enhance curation of the extensive natural history collections and promote their use as research and education tools. In fulfilling its mission the ICPS partners with diverse entities such as the Nature Conservancy, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service, which provides collaborative opportunities for researchers and students.
The ICPS partners with the ACRL, a field laboratory located on Skidaway Island near Savannah, Georgia. The ACRL provides laboratory space and logistical support to research teams. Our logistical support includes access to nearby research sites (including hammocks, marshes and barrier islands); access to coastal/offshore research via large and small research boats; geophysical and ecological field sampling/monitoring equipment; and a full array of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capabilities. The ACRL also works to gain grant funding for faculty and student research and collaborates with state and local agencies, and non-profit foundations.
The ICPS is also home to the USNTC. With over 125,000 accessioned lots, over one million specimens, their associated data, and an extensive library (reprints, monographs, and books), the USNTC is one of the largest curated tick collections in the world, if not the largest.