SECOORA Recognizes USF-NOAA Internships

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SECOORA, US IOOS and University of South Florida College of Marine Science (USF CMS) hosted two interns over the summer.  Under the mentorship of Dave Easter (US IOOS), Jay Law (USF CMS) and Vembu Subramanian (SECOORA), the undergraduate students learned hands-on the importance of coastal ocean observing.

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Watch Live: Dr. Verena Trenkel


Speaker: Dr. Verena Trenkel

Affiliation: Researcher, Ifremer, France

Seminar Title: Functional Ecological Groups in Ecosystem Modeling

When: Oct. 18, 2016 12:00pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Dr. Kai Lorenzen (UF), Dr. Sue Lowerre-Barbieri (FWRI), and Dr. Steve Murawski (USF)

About: Dr. Verena Trenkel is an outstanding scholar who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the quantitative fisheries sciences. Her major contributions include the development of novel indicators, survey methods and statistical approaches for assessing the conservation status of fish stocks and communities. For example, her work on indicators of fishing impacts on fish communities (Can J Fish Aquat Sci 60: 67-86 and 86-99, 2003) is among the most widely cited and used contributions on the subject. She has pioneered and rigorously tested the use of novel observation methods such as cameras mounted on remotely operated vehicles for quantitative population estimates (ICES J Mar Sci 61: 1050-1056, 2004) and also developed novel modeling and statistical approaches that allow population assessment from limited data, such as biomass survey indices without information on fisheries catches (Can J Fish Aquat Sci 65: 1024-1035, 2008). She has published over 80 peer reviewed papers and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Living Aquatic Resources and as Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Dr. Trenkel will spend four days is Florida, three at the University of Florida in Gainesville and one at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and University of South Florida College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg.

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Phi Kappa Phi inducts Christian Gfatter

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi inducted USF students recognized for academic excellence, including MS student, Christian Gfatter. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, it is the oldest all-discipline collegiate honor society.

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Allorecognition: How a cnidarian tells friend from foe


Speaker: Dr. Matthew Nicotra

Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Allorecognition: How a cnidarian tells friend from foe   

When: Oct. 21, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Larry Dishaw

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The Ocean and Glacier Retreat in Patagonia


Speaker: Dr. Carlos Moffat

Affiliation: University of Delaware

Seminar Title: The Ocean and Glacier Retreat in Patagonia

When: Oct. 14, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Eugene Domack

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Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event Oct. 13 2016

ST . PETERSBURG, FL - Our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be this Thursday October 13, 2016, 4:30-6:30pm at the newly reopened Independent Bar St Petersburg, 1049 Central Avenue (formerly the Amsterdam).   The event is self pay, they have

metered street parking nearby and name tags will be provided.  Please bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues.

Amelia Shevenell, big ideas and big risks

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Amelia Shevenell from the University of South Florida specializes in big ideas about paleoceanography and the Antarctic Ice Sheet. She’s also keen to push the methodological envelope, which can be risky if things go pear shaped.

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Ben Ross co‑chairs session at GSA 2016

DENVER, CO - At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Ben Ross organized and co‑chaired with Caitlin Hanley the session, “Experimental Approaches and Technology in Service of Micropaleontology”. Dr. Joan Bernhard of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was the featured speaker and talks were given by several USF College of Marine Science students, faculty, and alumni. MS student, Christian Gfatter, introduced his approach of utilizing image recognition technology for foraminiferal assemblage analyses in his first oral presentation at a scientific conference. Dr. Guillem Mateu‑Vincens, former visiting pre‑doctoral researcher in the Reef Indicators Lab at CMS, and Dr. Natasha Mendez‑Ferrer, a recent CMS alumna, were invited speakers. Sean Beckwith, another CMS graduate student, and Dr. Pamela Hallock Muller also made oral presentations on technology and foraminifera.

The Cushman Foundation was a sponsor of the session as well as “Microfossil Proxies in Earth History” where Elizabeth Brown and Christian Haller presented posters on their research. In addition, Dr. Ryan Moyer, a CMS courtesy professor, made an oral presentation at the “Urban Geochemistry” session.

Photo: Left to right – Christian Gfatter, Dr. Pamela Hallock Muller, Sean Beckwith, Ben Ross, Dr. Natasha Mendez‑Ferrer

Alumni Panel



Bruce Barber, PhD '84

Executive Director, Gulf Shellfish Institute

Kara Doran, MS '10

Oceanographer, USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Merrie Beth Neely, MS '96, PhD '08

Environmental Consultant

When: Oct. 7, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: E. Howard Rutherford

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Pamela Hallock-Muller received USF Mentor of the Year Award

TAMPA, FL - On Monday October 3, 2016, Professor Pamela Hallock-Muller received the USF Mentor of the Year Award.  Only one award is given per year.  Fifteen students and faculty from the College of Marine Science were among approximately 100 USF scholars honored at the USF Office of Graduate Studies Scholars of Excellence event on Monday October 3 ,2016 in the Marshall Center on the Tampa Campus. Honorees from CMS attending included (left to right): Kara Vadaman (USF Graduate Research Fellow), Kelly Mackenzie Vasbinder (Presidential Doctoral Fellow), Pamela Hallock Muller, (2016 Outstanding Graduate Mentor), Theresa King (Genshaft Family Doctoral Fellow), and Michelle Guitard (McKnight Doctoral Fellow).