USF scientists find oil still present from 1979 Mexico spill similar to Deepwater Horizon

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - For 40 days, scientists aboard a Florida-based research vessel prowled the gulf waters, looking for signs of the past, hoping it would give them hints of the future.

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Rosenheim leads RPO Workshop at WHOI

ST. WOODS HOLE, MA - Brad Rosenheim teamed up with Dr. Ann McNichol, Dr. Valier Galy and others from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to offer the first Ramped PyrOx (RPO) workshop, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The event lasted one and a half days, and was attended by USF College of Marine Science (CMS) graduate student Cristina Subt and USF CMS professor Eugene Domack. All three USF attendees chaired panel discussions about the technique, a tool central to several investigations by the Southern Oceans group at USF CMS. The workshop will produce an article to Eos, the news outlet of the American Geophysical Union, and a white paper to NSF. 

Living Dead: Metabolic Arrest and the Control of Biological Time

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Speaker: Dr. Ken Storey, Ph.D., F.R.S.C.

Affiliation: Professor of Biochemistry at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada Research Chair in Molecular Physiology

Seminar Title:

Living Dead: Metabolic Arrest and the Control of Biological Time -

Stresses, from drying to freezing to oxygen deprivation to extreme heat or cold can trigger ”the living dead" – 

animals that are alive but show no apparent life signs.

When: Sept. 23, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Brad Seibel (USFCMS)

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Detailed numerical modelling of fluid flow and morphodynamics with OpenFoam

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Speaker: Dr. Niels Jacobson

Affiliation: Deltares

Seminar Title: Detailed numerical modelling of fluid flow and morphodynamics with OpenFoam

When: Sept. 15, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Patricia (Soupy) Dalyander (USGS)

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Crude Oil Plumes in Crossflow AND Underwater Flight by the Sea Butterfly

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Speaker: Dr. David Murphy

Affiliation: University of South Florida College of Engineering

Seminar Title: Crude Oil Plumes in Crossflow AND Underwater Flight by the Sea Butterfly

When: Sept. 9, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Dr. Gary Mitchum

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Dinorah Chacin awarded the National Science Foundation, GROW Fellowship

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dinorah Chacin was awarded the National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) fellowship to engage in international research collaboration with Stockholm University in Sweden. This six-month experience will allow Dinorah to work with Dr. Charlotte Berkström and conduct field studies in Mafia Island, Tanzania. Dinorah will be investigating the ecological roles of native algal beds in East Africa as well as those of introduced (through open-water farming) non-native algae. The study aims to 1) identify fish communities that utilize native and introduced algae as habitats, 2) identify herbivores that consume either algae, and 3) examine the connectivity of introduced and native algae to other shallow-water habitats. While conducting field research, local communities, especially fishermen and algae farmers, will be encouraged to participate and learn the importance of assessing the ecological influence of farmed algae through first-hand experience. The results of this study, along with the local’s ecological knowledge, will be used to design and implement an optimal management plan for algae farming in the area, focused on achieving a sustainable practice.

This experience will complement Dinorah’s ongoing doctoral research at the College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, which aims to understand how seascape heterogeneity influences ecological patterns and processes in coastal systems. Until now Dinorah’s dissertation has concentrated on work she has completed in the tropical/subtropical western Atlantic region. The GROW experience will therefore allow Dinorah to expand her research into international and highly understudied coastal systems such as those in African seascapes.

Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - An essential component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) mission is to enhance ocean science literacy and enhance understanding why it is important to explore our little-known ocean world. To help fulfill this mission, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and their students to become engaged with expeditions and discoveries made by the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer—America’s first Federal ship dedicated to ocean exploration.

Educators are invited to join NOAA OER facilitators to learn Why We Explore (Volume 1) and How We Explore (Volume 2) the deep ocean. Participants will learn about the importance of ocean exploration and the advanced technological capabilities of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer used to explore the deep ocean. This 7-hour professional development will introduce standards-based, handson activities and online resources that guide classroom teaching and learning. Ocean health, sophisticated underwater mapping technologies, unique deep-sea ecosystems, remotely operated vehicles and telepresence are just a few of the topics covered.

Registration is required and space is limited. Educators will receive the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection Volume 1: Why Do We Explore? and Volume 2: How Do We Explore?, additional resources and a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation. Continental breakfast, lunch and a $75 stipend will be provided.

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Tropical Storm Hermine bearing down on USF C12 buoy

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - USF's C12 research and monitoring buoy is 220 nautical miles (253.171 miles) from Tropical Storm Hermine's center and now seeing winds gusting over 40 knots. The path of the storm should take the center slightly to the north of C12's position on the west Florida Shelf.

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Corals and their microbial symbionts: a model systems approach

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Speaker: Dr. Cory Krediet

Affiliation: Eckerd College

Seminar Title: Corals and their microbial symbionts: a model systems approach 

When: Sept. 2, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Dr. Mya Breitbart

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