Jay Brandes is a Marine Science professor at the University of Georgia, who works at the UGA – Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah. A marine and freshwater chemist, he specializes in the study of the chemistry of the oceans and conducts research on carbon and nutrient cycling in estuaries and coastal oceans and evaluates the composition of particles and microplastic pollutants. He holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington and enjoys working on new techniques that encourage innovative solutions to environmental challenges.