Step into my Office…

Yeah, what can I say, it’s a rough life.

As someone who’s spent practically my whole life in an eastern deciduous forest ecosystem, the thought that in just three weeks I’m going to be teaching beach ecology and salt marsh ecology is a little crazy.  So much to learn!  Take a second look at that photo and notice what you don’t see: big waves.  Because the continental shelf extends out so far from the Atlantic coast, waves hit that and lose most of their energy long before they hit the actual beach.  Unless the tide is coming in you can’t even really hear the surf.

But speaking of the tide!  Jekyll Island is right at the middle of a formation called the South Atlantic Bight, a big inward curve of the East Coast – in fact it curves so far westward that we’re directly south of Pittsburgh.

This means that as the tide comes in, all that water essentially gets funneled toward this specific spot, giving us the most dramatic tides of anywhere along this section of the coast.  A six to nine foot change in sea level between high and low tide is pretty typical.

More later!

3 thoughts on “Step into my Office…”

    1. I didn’t know any of it either until the past week or so! It’s named Jekyll after a man named Sir Joseph Jekyll, who as far as I know never set foot on the place but was a good friend of General James Oglethorpe, who established Georgia as a colony in 1733. As for JFK Jr., I looked it up and he was actually married on Cumberland Island, immediately to the south of us, which is accessible only by ferry (Jekyll has a causeway) and is preserved as a National Seashore. We’re visiting Cumberland later as part of our training, so I’ll probably write a post about it then.

  1. That’s a much nicer view than what I see from my office window. When I open my blinds, I see the back of the restaurant across the street. I imagine you’ll have a lot of fun learning all that new stuff. Enjoy yourself.

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