The Center for Applied Isotope Studies at The University of Georgia has been involved in monitoring ocean acidification parameters for approximately 10 years. CAIS currently operates water quality monitoring stations at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary located approximately 17 miles offshore Sapelo Island, Georgia. These stations are utilized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as part of their international ocean acidification monitoring program. Data from these stations is also being utilized to monitor the effects of hurricanes on localized water quality at GRNMS and how it may affect the benthic community. In addition, Scott Noakes has also been involved in marine paleontology research offshore Georgia and includes the discovery of two extinct Atlantic gray whales dating over 36,000 and 46,000 years old.