Fish Skin Lesions, Oil Residue Decline in Years After Gulf Oil Spill

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - By: Vickie Chachere - Scientists studying the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the health of fish in the Gulf of Mexico have found strong evidence that an outbreak of skin lesions and oil residue signatures discovered in fishes a year after the spill may be related to the catastrophe.  View full article

Click on the link below to read the article written by Steven A. Murawski, William T. Hogarth, and Ernst B. Peebles article. 

Prevalence of External Skin Lesions and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Concentrations in Gulf of Mexico Fishes, Post-Deepwater Horizon


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What are Benthic Forams? Patrick Schwing explains their importance

ST. PETERSBURG, FLPatrick Schwing has been featured in Ocean E-News, which is part of Ocean News and Technology.  His blog explains the importance of forams, tiny single-cell organisms that live in environments with little oxygen, in understanding impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

His blog explains the importance of forams – tiny single-cell organisms that live in environments with little oxygen – in understanding impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. - See more at:
His blog explains the importance of forams – tiny single-cell organisms that live in environments with little oxygen – in understanding impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. - See more at:
His blog explains the importance of forams – tiny single-cell organisms that live in environments with little oxygen – in understanding impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. - See more at:

Duke Energy presents $15,000 to USF Oceanography Camp for Girls

CALADESI ISLAND, FL - Melissa Seixas, Government and Community Relations Manager, with Duke Energy presents a $15,000 check to Gary Mitchum, Associate DeanTeresa Greely, Oceanography Camp for Girls Director, and E. Howard Rutherford, Director of Development, to support the University of South Florida College of Marine Sciences’s Oceanography Camp for Girls.

The campers departed afterwards for Caladesi Island to study currents, beach profiling, sand composition and flora and fauna.

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event July 8 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Join us today for the Tampa Bay Marine Science Networking Happy Hour from 5-7pm.  This month's event will be located at Ceviche, in St. Petersburg in the Flamenco Room downstairs located at 10 Beach Dr. NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701.  It's Tapas Tuesday and they will have tapas drink specials. Street parking is available or you can park in a nearby garage.

Nametags will be provided and you may want to bring business cards to share. There were many jobseekers at the June event.  If you are looking to hire or in search of a new opportunity plan to attend. Please feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested in attending.  You may sign up for the networking event here.

STEM Academy visits Fort De Soto Park

FORT DE SOTO PARK, FL - A coastal marine field research expedition was recently held at Fort De Soto State Park Field trip that Dr. Teresa Greely lead. The primary objective of the day was to learn field sampling techniques for analyzing three marine ecosystems and some of the organisms contributing to medical science research.

To read more about the STEM summer program please visit

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Ocean Concepts Day

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - On Ocean Concepts Day, the the campers were taught about the different zones of the ocean (beaches, estuaries, epipelagic, mesopelagic and bathypelagic).  This group learned about the diversity and importance of the photosynthesizing organisms (phytoplankton) in the open ocean epipelagic zone (plankton rock).  After understanding their need to stay in the sunlight zone, the girls designed and built their own plankton species and tested their ability to stay afloat in a water column.

Paul Suprenand returns from leading a successful research cruise

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Paul Suprenand, a postdoctoral representative for USF College of Marine Science, just returned from leading a successful research cruise.  Paul traveled from Barbados to Bermuda collecting biological, chemical, and physical oceanographic data.  He was named to the 2014-2015 International Arctic Science Committee Fellow and traveled to Finland for a meeting, and expects to go to Seattle, Washington, Japan and Sweden to represent the College of Marine Science.

Lastly, Paul was one of 60 participants from around the world chosen to attend the ClimCO4 IMBER workshop in Shanghai, China this August.

Katie S. Davis receives the Fish Florida Scholarship

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Katie S. Davis has received the Fish Florida Scholarship, awarded to students working toward improved public understanding of the marine environment.  Katie is a master's student in the College of Marine Science's Population Dynamics and Marine Ecosystem Analysis Lab, and her research is focused on the assessment of benthic communities along the West Florida Shelf using a Camera-Based Assessment Survey System (C-BASS).  The habitats of the West Florida Shelf support many economically-important reef fish communities and are composed of various algal, coral, and sponge species.  Using video from C-BASS, and in coordination with other researchers within the College, Katie is analyzing the presence of and associations between these organisms.
Katie is also an employee of NOAA Fisheries.  One of her goals is to communicate research so that the fisheries can better understand, support, and comply with regulations, and to find ways to enable the public to become more engaged in regulation-making processes.  "I believe that the more people know about the marine environment, the more they will appreciate and want to protect it," she says.  
"USF is fortunate to have [Katie's] talent, enthusiasm, and work ethic," says Lara Kramer, Director of the Fish Florida scholarship program, "It is Fish Florida's mission to promote public awareness of and encourage the protection of marine fisheries and coastal habitats.  Supporting future fisheries research and managers with scholarship funds is just one way of doing that."
A scholarship check of $2500 was sent to the University to be applied toward Katie's tuition for the Fall 2014 semester.
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Welcome to our Ocean World

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Today was the first day of the Oceanography Camp for Girls. This is the 24th summer USFCMS will host 30 teen girls as part of our Precollege Ocean Sciences program. Today we spent the day getting to know each other, as well as the College campus. After a busy morning of introductions and paperwork, we had lunch with a scenic view of Tampa Bay. After lunch we gathered on the south lawn and played “Have You Ever,” which was a great way to learn what experiences we have in common.

We closed out the day with a Dolphin Training activity to learn how we communicate non verbally and a briefing on how to prepare for our three field research expeditions later this week--- a research cruise, coastal ecology, and ocean conservation. Follow along as our OCG counselors (OCG alumnae) and science mentors (CMS graduate students) share a learning journal each day of OCG, June 16th through July 3rd.

To learn more about the Oceanography Camp for Girls visit our website. 

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Surviving The Storm: A Storm Team 8 Special

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Throughout society, the use of robots for work too difficult or costly for humans has increased dramatically in recent decades.  In the marine environment, one such platform, the autonomous underwater profiling glider, is tailored to efficiently collect data throughout the water column, over weeks to months while traversing hundreds to thousands of kilometers while sending valuable data back to researchers several times a day.

USF's glider fleet has been used over the past six years to monitor a wide variety of oceanographic research.  From harmful algal blooms to circulation model and satellite imagery validation to grouper population monitoring and tracking tagged sharks to searching for dispersed oil during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, we have hundreds of glider days collecting a suite of sensor data.  One new area of potential research is the use of these robots during hurricanes.

Surviving The Storm: A Storm Team 8 Special

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