About CEA and Joe Richardson, Ph.D.
Dr. Joseph P. Richardson received a BA degree in Biology (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Tennessee in 1974, and a Ph.D. degree in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina in 1978. He joined the faculty at Savannah State University in January 1979, helped develop the marine sciences programs at SSU, retired as a full professor of marine sciences in 2007, and is SSU's first Professor Emeritus of Marine Sciences. He has taught graduate-level and undergraduate courses in invertebrate zoology, marine and environmental chemistry and analysis, botany, marine science field studies, oceanography, biological oceanography, physiological ecology, and mariculture. While working to develop improved methods for citizen-based water quality monitoring projects in coastal environments, Dr. Richardson served as the Director of the Coastal Region Training Center for the Georgia Adopt A Stream Program and assisted citizens throughout the coastal zone establish volunteer water quality monitoring programs. Over the past recent years, Dr. Richardson has trained thousands of individuals to collect, analyze and report basic chemical water quality parameters. For more than twenty years, he has secured funding and taught a graduate-level marine field studies course for Georgia teachers in the Bahamas.
Current and recent projects include:
-Watershed assessment for Tybee Island, GA
-Investigating pollutant levels (metals and organic compounds) in finfish, oysters, sediment and coastal water
-Ongoing water quality monitoring programs in coastal rivers and estuaries
-Investigating the effects of storm water discharge on water quality in coastal waters
-Effects of rain events and tide range on bacteria concentrations in barrier island salt marsh tidal creeks
-Possible contribution of shore birds on bacteria concentrations in barrier island beach water
-Invasive marine species, ecology and biology of invasive Pink Barnacle
See "Recent Projects" and "Grants and Publications" for more details and examples of Dr. Richardson's experience.