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ST PETERSBURG, FL - On Day One, we examined several fish species local to Tampa Bay, including Red Drum, Silver Trout, Leopard Sea Robins, and much more! Campers explored the external features/characteristics of each fish to gain insight on how the particular species lives, and therefore, how it interacts with its environment and other species. 
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Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event June 28 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be Tuesday, June 28th, 4:30-6:30pm at Cassis American Brasserie, 170 Beach Dr NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701.  They have a nice happy hour on Tuesdays with drinks from $2.50+, and food is available as well. The event is self pay, there is metered street parking, nearby garages or you can get a discount on Sundial Valet with your ticket.  Name tags will be provided.  We will be inside the bar area.  Please join us and bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues.

New Pinellas Student Environmental Leadership Workshop

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - There are 10 spaces available for an exciting new summer workshop for teens next month, on July 11-15, 2016. This is a pilot program developed with funding from the Clean Communities Clean Coasts NOAA Marine Debris Prevention Education and Outreach grant.

Organized by Keep Pinellas Beautiful (KPB) and USFCMS, the speakers include environmental youth leaders, stormwater professionals from the City of St. Pete, and photography/software workshop taught by faculty at the USFSP Department of Journalism and Media Studies.

Teens will learn and practice communications skills and creating tools, so they can conduct effective outreach and clean-up activities in their schools and communities. (As they earn Bright Future credits too!)  We will also collect input from the youth to better define preferences for messages and communications tools.

Location: Through a collaboration with USFSP, the youth camp will be in Harbor Hall Community Room and lab/classroom in the USFSP Media Studies Department, and with support from the USFSP Campus Recreation department there will be a kayaking trip and pool party on Friday.

If you have questions, please contact KPB coordinator Stephanie Ellington (formerly Lawler), a USFCMS graduate.

CMS Students Attend Capitol Hill Oceans Week 2016

Washington D.C. - Nine USF students, including eight from CMS, traveled to Washington D.C. for the 2016 Capitol Hill Oceans Week, June 7-9. In addition to attending CHOW events, we arranged 30 meetings with members of Congress or their staff to encourage them to support ecosystem-based fisheries management. The students were enrolled in spring semeter's Ocean Policy course, led by Professors Frank Muller-Karger and Mark Luther. It was a very successful trip, and a great learning experience for students.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Brown and Kara Vadman

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research has announced the Graduate Student Awards for 2016 and once again two of our CMS students are among the international list of awardees.

2016 Johanna M. Resig Foraminiferal Research Fellowship

Elizabeth Brown, “Morphological variability in the Globigerinoides ruber-elongatus plexus and its implications.” University of South Florida, USA.

2016 Loeblich and Tappan Student Research Award

Kara Vadman, "Mg/Ca-temperature calibration and reconstruction of bottom water paleotemperatures on the Sabrina Coast, East Antarctica using benthic foraminifer Trifarina angulosa." University of South Florida, USA.

Today, the ratio of plastics to fish in the ocean is 1:5

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Every minute, the equivalent of one dump-truck’s worth of plastic is dumped into the sea. By 2050, it is predicted that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. This is unthinkable. The USF College of Marine Science is so proud of Frank Muller-Karger’s and CJ Reynolds work with the NOAA Marine Debris Program to help educate the community about plastic pollution. The Current Collections sculpture, made from plastic trash collected in our community, has been given a permanent home in Poynter Park on the USFSP campus. Let’s all make a vow to eliminate or at least reduce our use of plastic bottles, to recycle what we use, and to stop using plastic straws.

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Award of Tenure

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to Brad Rosenheim and Ernst Peebles.  We have received formal notification of the award of tenure.  Please join us in congratulating them on this momentous occasion.  Congratulations and well deserved!

Shaojie Sun receives NASA fellowship

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to Shaojie Sun.  Shaojie will receive a NASA fellowship to continue his research in oil spill remote sensing. As in the past the selection, it was very competitive. Out of 425 applications only 73 were selected.

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Construction Begins On New Research Vessel

TARPON SPRINGS, FL - Next summer (2017), a group of marine researchers and local politicians who gathered at a Tarpon Springs shipyard for a ceremonial keel laying plan to return for the dedication of a new research ship. With the touching of a blow torch to the keel Wednesday morning, construction formally began on the 78-foot vessel at Duckworth Steel Boats. The currently unnamed craft will replace the R/V Bellows, a 46-year-old research ship operated by the Florida Institute of Oceanography.

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Book Signing with Local Marine Scientist and Author

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - This Saturday May 28, 2016 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm at the Barnes and Noble USF downtown, Dr. Ellen Prager will be signing books to celebrate the release of Stingray City. It's the third book in her fun ocean adventure fiction series for middle graders.