Georgia researcher studies sturgeon in Brothers River


Andrew Marbury, a graduate research assistant from the University of Georgia lives at the St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve while researching juvenile sturgeon.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 04:50 PM.

The St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve is hopping.

Each year, the Buffer Preserve plays home to a handful of researchers from all over the U.S. who live on-site while conducting research in the area.

One of the men currently calling the Buffer Preserve home is Andrew Marbury, a graduate research assistant currently working toward his Master’s degree in Fisheries Science at the University of Georgia.

Marbury arrived at the Preserve in May and will stay through August as he studies sturgeon in the Brothers and Apalachicola Rivers.

While doing his undergraduate two years ago, Marbury studied fish along the Georgia coast and when he reached grad school a professor told him about a grant written that would allow a student to study sturgeon along the Florida coast.

“The sturgeon is a cool, awesome fish and I love field work,” said Marbury. “Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity.”

Marbury spent May through August of 2013 beginning his research at the Buffer Preserve, but his progress was hampered by constant rains, forcing a return trip.

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