Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 12.43.11 PMFollow Us



The Jekyll Island Research Program is a part of the Applied Wildlife Conservation Lab. This lab consists of individuals affiliated with Jekyll Island Authority, University of Georgia, and AmeriCorps.

The majority of our research takes place on Jekyll Island, Georgia in accordance with Dr. Kimberly Andrews’ position as Research Coordinator at the Jekyll Island Authority Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Andrews is jointly employed by the University of Georgia where she conducts research and outreach through the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. Additionally, she is faculty at the UGA Odum School of Ecology where her graduate students conduct their degree work. In addition to graduate students, the Applied Wildlife Conservation Lab consists of technicians, AmeriCorps members, and undergraduate and high school interns. This lab exists because of the collaborations and partnerships of the multiple organizations that employ us and the generous sponsors and funders that support our research.

The Research Department at the GSTC is dedicated to implementing Jekyll Island’s Conservation Plan, which was formulated to accomplish these very goals. The Conservation Plan, established by the Jekyll Island Authority’s Conservation Planning Committee, seeks the long-term conservation and management of natural resources on Jekyll Island. The strategy presented in the Plan includes a mission to preserve, maintain, manage, and restore Jekyll Island’s natural communities and species diversity while providing nature-based educational and recreational opportunities for the general public.


JIAlogo-300x106 43f4cf_3bf82ae6afd1418fb7f46dc96b550baf.png_srz_215_90_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srz 43f4cf_e2883ba101ff428e9174972312be4287-1.png_srz_320_125_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srz 43f4cf_0cdd8d6e41f30282062c8f2667ba788d.jpg_srz_90_93_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srz

From Our Blog


Team Driftwood Back In Cooking Competion Action!

Team Driftwood consists of Driftwood Bistro’s founder, Dan Dickerson, Elaine “OG” Dickerson, Augusta Roosa and Steve Roosa. Although never having competed in this particular competition, Dickerson was involved in the Shrimp and Grits Festival in the beginning years as a vendor with Latitude 31. And this team has had hundreds of request over the past [...]


Meet Chef Whit From Tramici!

It all began for Chef Whit when he was 14 years old.  He was supposed to fill in for his brother in a restaurant kitchen for only one week and he never left!  It was the fast paced environment and the fact that every day brought a different dish that drew him in and he [...]

From Our Blog

Expert Bloggers

What better way to educate yourself on the beauty and opportunities for fun on Jekyll Island than from one of our knowledgeable staff members. Read Their Insights