Steve Murawski named as 2015 AAAS Fellow for Biological Sciences

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The AAAS Council elected 347 Fellows for 2015, in recognition of their contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership. The tradition of electing AAAS Fellows began in 1874 to recognize members for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

The new Fellows will be recognized in a February 13th Fellows Forum at the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. At the forum, Fellows receive an official certificate and fellowship rosette pin, the emblem of Fellowship.

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My Journey as a Climate Modeler and How the Earth's Climate is Likely to Change


Speaker: Dr. Warren Washington

Affiliation: National Center for Atmospheric Research

Seminar Title: My Journey as a Climate Modeler and How the Earth's Climate is Likely to Change

When: Nov. 20, 2015 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Frank Muller-Karger & Bernard Batson

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Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Chemical Oceanography

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month academic appointment in Chemical Oceanography at the Assistant, Associate, or Professor level.  Rank is dependent on qualifications and experience.

We seek a Chemical Oceanographer who will contribute to an understanding of the ocean/climate system, past, present, and future, from basic disciplinary topics to ecosystems analyses.  Qualified candidates will employ modern tools of multi-disciplinary science to understand regional and global issues critical to the ocean system, including but not limited to organic and inorganic carbon cycling, trace element cycling, nutrient cycling, ocean-atmosphere and/or ocean-land interactions, and biogeochemical processes and modeling.

Candidates will be selected on the basis of their potential to conduct transformative research within their discipline, their productivity with respect to acquisition of external research funding and peer reviewed publication, and a potential for outstanding mentoring and teaching.  The successful candidate would be expected to contribute to core courses in oceanography and teach specialty courses at the graduate level.

Minimum Requirements: Must have a PhD in a relevant scientific discipline at the time of hire with research experience in the field of Chemical Oceanography.

Preferred qualifications: Applicants should be capable of interacting with colleagues in multi-disciplinary oceanographic research. 

For the Assistant Professor rank, candidates should have a record of scholarly products and demonstrate potential for a career of creative work and scholarly publications, demonstrate potential for acquisition of extramural research funding, exhibit a commitment to exemplary instruction and mentoring of graduate students, and demonstrate a culture of high ethics and service to their professional community and to the public.

For the Associate Professor / Professor rank, candidates should have an outstanding record in research including a substantive publication and other scholarly product record, evidence of success in attracting extramural research funding, a commitment to exemplary instruction and mentoring of graduate students, and demonstrate a culture of high ethics and service to their professional community and to the public.

Contact: For information regarding the available position, please contact Dr. Robert Byrne, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tim Trowbridge, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (727-553-3375).

Application procedures:  Please submit a cover letter stating qualifications.  Please append research and teaching statements, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three referees. Position is open until filled, however, priority review of applications will begin by January 15, 2016.  Appointment is anticipated to commence August 7, 2016.

For more information on how to apply please visit our employment page

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event Nov 17 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Our Second Anniversary Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be next Tuesday November 17th at the Canopy Rooftop Lounge in the Birchwood Hotel 340 Beach Dr, NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701, 4:30-6:30pm. This event is our final gathering in 2015 (but we will resume in January 2016) and is selfpay, they have metered parking on the street or you can park at the nearby garage for a fee and nametags will be provided.

The Birchwood always has a great happy hour offering of beer, wine, and softdrinks as well as cocktails - and at affordable prices. Please join us one last time before the holidays - and bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues.

Gain Hands-On Marine Ecology Experience in the Florida Keys

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - This winter, dive into a hands-on learning course in marine ecology. In collaboration with the
Florida Institute of Oceanography, the USF College of Marine Science is offering a one-week course in Marine Ecology Field Methods at the Keys Marine Lab, located at mile marker 68.5 on Long Key.

Move outside the traditional classroom and textbook learning environment and actively participate in science. Let your curiosity drive your learning while using and reflecting on the scientific method, exploring local fauna through field exercises, snorkeling at Alligator Reef and more.

For more information visit the USF Winter Session Website.


Underwater robots will assess grouper population

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -USF Researchers will see if robots gliding through the Gulf collecting fishery data performs better than more traditional collection tools like fixed receivers. Chad Lembke is adding extra sensors on autonomous gliders that will move underwater for months at a time. Adding extra features like tag telemetry provides specific fish identification and its becoming the fastest emerging technology to count fish. Gliders provide continuous surveillance around the clock and reach areas too sensitive for trawls.

Ocean observing needs continuous real time data and this has typically focused on physical observing systems like buoys, HF radars that feed into models. But to get spatial information, these robots will act like pick-up trucks cutting through the ocean collecting more than just physical parameters. For the first time USF oceanographers will look at red grouper over a long period of time along the 30-60 m isobath over the Gulfstream Natural Gas pipeline. Echosounders will look at fish size and determine species level classification.

Acoustic measurements of sediment transport over sand dunes


Speaker: Dr. Greg Wilson

Affiliation: Dalhousie University

Seminar Title: Acoustic measurements of sediment transport over sand dunes

When: Nov. 5, 2015 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Joseph Long (USGS)

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Catherine Smith has been awarded the "Best Student Poster" award

St. Petersburg, Fl -

Catherine has been awarded the "Best Student Poster" award at the recent Geological Society of America-AASP-TSP joint Annual Meeting, this by the AASP-TSP (American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists-The Palynological Society).

Judged by an ad hoc committee formed by AASP Awards Committee members at the time of the annual meeting. The criteria are established by the judging committee and should include neatness and attractiveness of the poster including its graphics; scientific merit of the research problem; clarity and innovativeness of the research methods; clarity and simplicity of the results. Awardee must be first author, should be a student, or if the awardee has formally completed a graduate degree, cannot have been employed more than 6 months before the award is made.

Please congratulate her for a job well done.

Tracking Sargassum since 2010

St. Petersburg, Fl - Sargassum spp. is a brown macroalgae that is abundant in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. Providing food, shade, and shelter to fish, shrimp, crabs, turtles, and other marine organisms, Sargassum serves as an important habitat in the marine ecosystem. However, excessive Sargassum landing on the beach represents a nuisance and health hazard, which is also a burden to coastal management, local tourism and economy. In 2015, many beaches in the Caribbean and Mexico suffered from Sargassum landing, with numerous news reports on their local impacts. To date, however, no one knows what caused the dramatic increases in Sargassum landing in 2015.

The Optical Oceanography Lab ( has been tracking Sargassum since 2010 using satellite imagery and numerical models, and has provided near real-time daily imagery on the Web. A recent effort by PhD student Mengqiu Wang led to the findings that the aerial coverage of Sargassum in the central West Atlantic in 2015 is at least 4 times of the coverage in 2011 when major Sargassum landing on the Caribbean beaches were also widely reported. The reasons behind such an increase, however, still remain to be explained.

Washington Post Article: Mexico deploys its navy to face its latest threat: Monster seaweed

Come and enjoy a pint of science

TAMPA, Fl - Join Mya Breitbart in “We’re only human” an expression so easily used but so bad at describing what complex and wonderful organisms we really are.  Dr. Breitbart will be discussing, Human beings or microbial masses? Introducing the tiny bugs that make us who we are.  For more information visit our Facebook page.

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