2018 AAAS new fellow Mya Breitbart

Austin, TX - Congratulations to Mya Breitbart, a new 2018 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Examples of areas in which nominees may have made significant contributions are research; teaching; technology; services to professional societies; administration in academe, industry, and government; and communicating and interpreting science to the public.

Fellows are elected annually by the AAAS Council from the list of approved nominations from the Section Steering Groups.

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2018 Sloan Foundation Fellow physical oceanographer Xinfeng Liang

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to USF College of Marine Science physical oceanographer Xinfeng Liang, a new 2018 Sloan Foundation Fellow. “The Sloan Research Fellows represent the very best science has to offer," says Sloan President Adam Falk,"... Fellows are quite literally the future of twenty-first century science."

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Column: In the long term, Florida offshore oil drilling is simply irrelevant

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Like it or not, Floridians are being plunged back into the offshore drilling debate. People have painful memories of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, an uncontrolled oil and gas catastrophe that lasted 86 days, and even today the scientific community is still examining the consequences of 4.1 million barrels of oil released into the Gulf of Mexico’s collective ecosystems — and its lingering effects.

But there is a key factor that has not been addressed in the debate. Is there anything out there worth going after in the first place?

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Congratulations to Anita Thompson in her selection for the Outstanding Staff Award

TAMPA, FL - Anita Thompson of USFCMS wins an outstanding staff award, but she was also selected as one of two Employees of the Year, which comes with a few perks including a designated parking spot, contributed by Gabor and others.  

Congratulations to Anita for this well deserved recognition.

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Evolutionary and Ecological Dynamics of Extracellular Electron Transfer


Speakers/Affiliations: Jeffrey Gralnick, University of Minnesota

Seminar Title: Evolutionary and Ecological Dynamics of Extracellular Electron Transfer

When: Feb. 16, 2018 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Larry Dishaw (USF Health)

Jeffery Gralnick's Research

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New Satellite Data Confirm Accelerated Sea Level Rise

TAMPA, FL - Twenty-five years of satellite data prove climate models are correct in predicting that sea levels will rise at an increasing rate.

In a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that since 1993, ocean waters have moved up the shore by almost 1 millimeter per decade. That’s on top of the 3 millimeter steady annual increase. This acceleration means we’ll gain an additional millimeter per year for each of the coming decades, potentially doubling what would happen to the sea level by 2100 if the rate of increase was constant.

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West Florida Shelf and Tampa Bay Responses to Hurricane Irma: What Happened and Why

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Join SECOORA for a webinar that analyzes the West Florida Continental Shelf's response to Hurricane Irma using a combination of in situ observations and numerical circulation models.

West Florida Shelf and Tampa Bay Responses to Hurricane Irma: What Happened and Why

Presenter: Dr. Bob Weisberg, University of South Florida College of Marine Science
Date: February 13, 12 PM ET

Hurricane Irma impacted the west Florida continental shelf (WFS) as it transited the State of Florida from September 10-12, 2017, first making landfall at Cudjoe Key and then again at Naples, as a Category 2 hurricane.  The WFS response to Irma is analyzed using a combination of in situ observations and numerical circulation models. The observations include water column velocity, sea surface temperature, winds and sea level. The models are: 1) the West Florida Coastal Ocean Model (WFCOM) that downscales from the deep Gulf of Mexico, across the shelf and into the estuaries by nesting the unstructured grid FVCOM in the Gulf of Mexico HYCOM and 2) the Tampa Bay Coastal Ocean Model (TBCOM) that provides much higher resolution for the Tampa Bay vicinity (Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay, the Intracoastal Waterway and all of the inlets connecting these with the Gulf of Mexico) by nesting FVCOM in WFCOM.

Both the observations and the model simulations revealed strong upwelling and vertical mixing followed by a downwelling as the storm passed by.  This was accompanied by a rapid drop in sea surface temperature by about 4 degrees C and large decreases in sea level with negative surges causing drying in the Florida Bay, Charlotte Harbor, Tampa Bay estuaries and the Big Bend region.  The transport and exchange of water between the shelf and the estuaries and between the shelf and the Florida Keys reef track during the hurricane have important ecosystem and sediment transport implications, including an inlet breach that occurred at the Pinellas Co. Shell Key preserve.


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Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA in 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Educators are invited to join NOAA OER staff to learn more about the importance of ocean exploration, current exploration technologies, and recent deep-sea discoveries. On Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 8:00am - 4:00pm the Professional Development workshop will introduce standards-based, hands-on activities and other resources that guide classroom teaching and learning. Ocean health, unique underwater habitats, underwater mapping and remotely-operated vehicles are just a few of the topics to be addressed.

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Assistant professor to co-chair next week’s Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Assistant professor Kristen Buck will co-chair the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) in Portland, Oregon, February 11th – 16th.  Over 4000 attendees from a vast array of ocean-related scientific disciplines will engage in presentations, workshops, town halls, art and music sessions, film screenings, career-building events, and even a 5k Fun Run. 

Begun in 1982, and held biennially, OSM is the only scientific meeting focused specifically on the ocean and aquatic sciences related to the ocean.  One co-chair and one chair represent each of the three society partners of OSM:  American Geophysical Union (AGU), Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), and The Oceanography Society (TOS).  Dr. Buck’s service as a chemical oceanography counselor for TOS led to an invitation to become a co-chair for OSM, a position through which she will learn the ropes and gain valuable experience for the next meeting in 2020 in San Diego, where she will serve as chair.  

Amid the busyness of co-organizing a large, week-long event, Dr. Buck will also give a talk on an upcoming product release of GEOTRACES data.  GEOTRACES is an international effort to study the marine biogeochemical cycles of trace elements and their isotopes.  She will also play a lead role in the town hall on biogeochemistry in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Focusing on the role of women in science and the challenges faced, a select number of town halls, panel discussions and other activities will provide an opportunity for women to learn career and interpersonal skills.  Inspiringly, all three of the lifetime achievement awards presented by the society partners will be received by women this year.

Dr. Buck’s primary responsibility for this year’s meeting is the fantastic lineup of artists, many of who will be on hand to present and discuss their work.  The recognition of art and film as an effective channel to communicate important conservation messages has grown, and so has the inclusion of art within the schedule of events at this year’s OSM.  Art exhibits will be spread through the conference center, and attendees should keep an eye out for a tapestry of marine organisms made by Karen Nicol, a series of curated images of plankton, and a collection of artistic representations of ocean science from the Schmidt Ocean Institute.  A film called “Fragile Legacy”, which has a connection to the Blaschka exhibit made by Cornell University, relates the fragility of glass to the fragility of phytoplankton in the ecosystem. 

Artists and musicians from the scientific community, as well, will showcase their hidden talents.  The Tuesday night Jam Session attracts an ever-increasing number of loyal followers, and the Pecha Kucha-style session on Wednesday night beckons from the interface of art and science as presenters use timed slide-shows to creatively express their ideas on the theme of a ‘fluid ocean’. 

While the broad offerings of a conference devoted to an inherently interdisciplinary science can be challenging (there are 57 town halls!), the organizers of this year’s Ocean Sciences Meeting hope to keep the week exciting for all in attendance by offering something for everyone and by making all feel welcome.  Attendees will be able to engage with their peers and mentors, interact with authors who they previously knew only through the scientific literature, network with future collaborators, attend career mixers, and have fun doing it. 

See below for a list of key events for students and early-career scientists as well as artistic, musical and theatrical events.

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Student and Early Career Workshop (see contact details in Scientific Program)



MPOWIR Town Hall, 12:45-1:45 pm, Room D137-138

Early Career Mixer, 6-7:30 pm, Oregon Ballroom Lobby

Student Mixer, 6-7:30 pm, Portland Ballroom Lobby



Career Panel, 12:45-1:45 pm, Oregon Ballroom 204 (see contact details in Scientific Program for free ticket)

Society for Women in Marine Science, 12:45-1:45 pm, B117-119; also meets Weds, same time, B110-112

Jam Session, 8-11 pm, Ringlers Pub



Pecha Kucha evening ‘Fluid Ocean’ theme, 8-10 pm, Spirit of 77



5K Run/Walk, benefits local Surfrider foundation chapter, 6-7 am, meet at Tomodachi Friendship Circle

TOS Members Meeting, 12:30-1:15 pm, F149

Movie night/artist meet and greet, 6:30-8:30 pm, Portland Ballroom


Written By: Sean Beckwith

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Biogeochemistry and Hydrology of Coastal Sinks and Springs


Speakers/Affiliations: James GareyUniversity of South Florida, Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology

Seminar Title: Biogeochemistry and Hydrology of Coastal Sinks and Springs

When: Feb. 9, 2018 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Pamela Hallock Muller

James Garey Website

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