Ileana Freytes Ortiz selected as a Pathways Award Winner

TAMPA, FL - Ileana Freytes Ortiz has been selected as a Pathways Award winner for her contributions to the betterment of Latinos. On behalf of the USF Latin Community Advisory Committee FELICIDADES!  The award will be presented during this year’s USF Hispanic Heritage Kick-off, Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 12-2pm in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. 


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Going, going, GONE: Global Ocean Oxygen Network

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Oxygen is critical to the health of the planet. It impacts the cycles of carbon, nitrogen and other key elements, and is a fundamental requirement for marine life from the seashore to the greatest depths of the ocean.

Nevertheless, deoxygenation is worsening in the coastal and open ocean. This is mainly the result of human activities, whether through climate change (CO2-induced warming) or through increasing loads of nutrients in the water coming from industrial waste and other untreated discharges.

Brad Seibel of USF's College of Marine Science is a member of the newly formed Global Ocean Oxygen Network (GO2NE. This group is committed to providing a global and multidisciplinary view of deoxygenation, with a focus on understanding the full scale of the problem and offering scientific advice to policy makers to counter this concerning trend. A recent GO2NE meeting at UNESCO Headquarters, 7-9 September 2016, assembled coastal and open ocean scientists, modelers, and biological, chemical and physical oceanographers.

The meeting touched on various questions related to the Network’s scientific work as well as outreach and capacity building: how to facilitate communication with other established networks and working groups, improving observations systems, identifying and filling knowledge gaps, as well as developing related capacity development activities. GO2NE is moreover preparing a summary on deoxygenation for policy makers.

A wide range of actions are planned for the upcoming years to raise awareness on current and future impacts of declining oxygen concentrations on ocean and human health.

Photo: upper row – Brad Seibel, Andreas Oschlies, Veronique Garçon, Maciej Telszewski, Karin Limburg, Nancy Rabalais, Marilaure Gregoire(co-chair), Denise Breitburg (co-chair), Lisa Levin, Ivonne Montes, Grant Pitcher, Dimitri Gutierrez, Denis Gilbert; lower row - Wajih Naqvi, Daniel Con. (not pictured) Mike Roman. 

Tuna is Delicious & Other Lessons Learned from the Japanese Longline Fishery


Speaker: Dr. Robert Ahrens

Affiliation: University of Florida

Seminar Title: Tuna is Delicious & Other Lessons Learned from the Japanese Longline Fishery

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

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Liz Herdter/Murawski Lab

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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


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


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


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.