* Fridays at 3:30 PM, MSL Conference Room, (MSL 134)
Note: Some seminars are scheduled for Thursday (3:30PM, MSL 134)
News and Events
ST. PETRSBURG, FL - Ryan Venturelli's poster was selected as on outstanding entry in the 2017 Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the University of South Florida.
Second Place - Natural and Physical Sciences
Ryan Venturelli - Title - "Almost Only Counts in Horseshoes and Clumped Isotopes: An Improved Understanding of the Effect of Pressure Baseline on Reconstruction of Temperatures from the Geologic Past"
In March, Ryan Venturelli won the 9th Annual Graduate Research Symposium for the Natural and Physical Sciences category. Because of this symposium, Ryan was given the opportunity to present at the Florida Statewide Graduate Student Symposium in which she received a second place award for the Natural and Physical Sciences category.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - NSF has funded USF College of Marine Science researchers to probe the nature of organic carbon in the water column and the sediment beneath subglacial Lake Mercer in Antarctica. The lake sites beneath over 1 km of ice and is episodically drained and filled by subglacial flow of water from the Mercer Ice Stream. USF researchers are part of an international group that will probe the lake for life after accessing it through the thick ice sheet. Water chemistry, sedimentary microbes, and the nature of the organic carbon within the sediments will be targeted for information about how life thrives and how carbon is cycled in these remote, isolated ecosystems. Of fundamental importance is analysis of whether marine carbon sources are the basis of life in these lakes as they may have had past incursions of marine water.
The project website is www.salsa-antarctica.org
ST. PETERSBURG, FL -
Speaker: Stephani Gordon
Affiliation: Open Boat Films, LLC
Seminar Title: Science Communication in the current landscape- a filmmakers perspective
Where: MSL Conference Room (134)
Host: Brad Seibel
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The St. Petersburg Science Festival celebrates the wonders of hands-on science, technology, engineering and math with interactive, fun exhibits and activities for the family.
The free festival will took place 10am-4pm Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, held in conjunction with MarineQuest, Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's annual marine discovery day, at the Bayboro Waterfront of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
Scientific Drilling in Africa’s Great Rift Valley: Influence of Tectonics and Climate Change on Lake Malawi Ecosystems
ST. PETERSBURG -
Scientists, educators, and conservationists bring their work to life at the 2017 St. Petersburg Science Festival
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - On Saturday, October 21, 2017, crowds arrived from 10 a.m. onwards to expand their minds and appreciate science, that human pursuit responsible for so many advances in society and industry and a source of excitement and wonder to us all.
Mayor Rick Kriseman championed support for science and recognition of its role in our daily lives as he read a proclamation which established October 21st as “Saint Petersburg Science Festival Day” in the city of St. Petersburg. Inhaling alternately from balloons filled with helium (six times lighter than air) and sulfur hexafluoride (six times heavier than air), the mayor read the proclamation in high-pitched and low-pitched voices and at one point equated science to sports, food, and the arts, suggesting a more common celebration of science within our community traditions.
Research and innovation were well represented at booths hosted by various laboratories from the College of Marine Science, as well as by NOAA, the USGS, and Eckerd College. Both research and conservation were well showcased by FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute through Marine Quest, the original portion of the festival now celebrating 23 years! Fantastic demonstrations were performed by MOSI and Mad Science and several ways that science is important to society were on display by Pinellas County, the City of St. Petersburg, Great Explorations, Bay News 9, Duke Energy and many more.
This year, the festival expanded to include Port St. Pete which hosted FIO’s research vessel, the Weatherbird II, and a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, the Pelican. Inside the port building, visitors could catch a glimpse of what will be the Marine Exploration Center, opening in 2018. The festival offers a very full day of activities and, thanks to the hard work of all the volunteers, promises to be a success next year, as well. We hope to see you all in 2018.
Written By: Sean Beckwith
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Sea levels are rising - globally and in Florida. Climatologists, geologists, oceanographers, and the overwhelming majority of the scientific community expect a continuation of this trend for centuries to come due to climate change, ocean warming, and ice mass loss.
While Florida’s natural history indicates that there is nothing new about the changing elevation of the sea, what is new is its accelerating pace. Also new—and alarming—is the ever-growing, immobile human infrastructure near the coasts: high-rise condos, suburban developments, tourist meccas, and international metropolises. In a state where much of the landscape is topographically low and underlain by permeable limestone, the stakes are particularly high. Modern-day sea level rise, with potential impacts to large land areas and populations, poses unprecedented challenges for sustainability, urban planning, and political action.
This book offers an in-depth examination of the cycle of sea levels in the past and the science behind current measurements and future projections. The authors assess the most likely range of sea level rise in Florida based on a synthesis of projections for the next hundred years. They also discuss ongoing and potential consequences for natural marine and coastal systems and how we can begin to plan strategically for the inevitable changes.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The college is co-sponsoring a sea level rise symposium with St. Petersburg city on November 3, 2014 which is on the first day of Blue Ocean. The event will be held at the USFSP Student Center Ballroom. A panel of local leaders will examine the major facets of sea level rise, from the hard science unveiling the threat and its economic and social impacts to the adaption and mitigation measures our communities can undertake. One of the guest speaker is Dr. Gary Mitchum.
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.
2017 Fall Seminar Schedule
* Fridays at 3:30 PM, MSL Conference Room, (MSL 134)
* Speakers highlighted in green have been confirmed. Speakers in black are tentative.
Aug. 24, 2017
Speaker: Erica Hudson Ombres
Title: NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program
Host: Don Chambers
Aug. 25, 2017
Speaker: KT Scott
Affiliation: USF Integrative Biology
Title: Surprising diversity of CO2 concentrating mechanisms in sulfur oxidizing bacteria from marine habitats and elsewhere
Host: Mya Breitbart
Sept. 1, 2017
09:30 – 09:35 am Chuanmin Hu, Physical Oceanography
09:35 – 10:05 am Brad Rosenheim, Geological Oceanography
Deciphering DOC in the Gulf of Mexico
10:05 – 10:35 am Don Chambers, Physical Oceanography
Have the fronts of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current really shifted south in the last 25 years?
10:35 – 10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:15 am Mya Breitbart, Biological Oceanography
All about the base: DNA sequencing to address questions in biological oceanography
11:15 – 11:45 pm Ernst Peebles, Biological Oceanography
Applying DNA barcoding to synchronized egg surveys to estimate fish biomass on the West Florida Shelf
11:45 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break
01:00 – 01:30 pm Philip Kramer, FIO Director
Overview of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) and highlights of some of my recent research projects related to coral reefs, marine protected areas, and large-scale ecosystem monitoring
01:30 – 02:00 pm Steve Murawski, Biological Oceanography
Connectivity and Resilience of Gulf of Mexico Continental Shelf Fish Communities
02:00 – 02:10 am Coffee Break
02:10 – 02:40 pm Tim Conway, Chemical Oceanography
Gulf Stream Interactions and mesoscale trace element biogeochemistry
02:40 – 03:10 pm John Paul, Biological Oceanography
How to give birth to your hi-tech spinoff company
04:30 pm – Welcome-back TGIF hosted by MSAC
** Cancelled due to Hurricane Irma ** Sept. 8, 2017
Speaker: Aditya Nayak
Affiliation: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida David Murphy, USF College of Engineering
Title: Characterizing coastal turbulence and in situ oceanic particle fields using particle image velocimetry and digital holography
Host: David Murphy, USF College of Engineering
Sept. 15, 2017
Speaker: Valerie Trouet
Affiliation: University of Arizona
Title: Heat, wind, and fire: understanding drivers of past extreme weather events
Host: Julie Richey
Sept. 21, 2017
Speaker: Sandra Cruz-Pol
Affiliation: University of Puerto Rico at Mayguez
Professional Development Talk:
TITLE: RF Sensors for Remote Sensing the Earth and the importance of RF Spectrum Management
Host: David Naar/Bernard Batson/Frank Muller-Karger
Sept. 22, 2017
Speaker: Chris Martens
Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title: Methane Plumes in the Deep Northern Gulf of Mexico
Host: Mark Luther
Sept. 29, 2017
Speaker: Randie Bundy
Affiliation: University of Washington
Title: The role of siderophores in the uptake and cycling of iron
Host: Kristin Buck
Oct. 5, 2017
Speaker: Erin Symonds
Affiliation: Sackett Award winner
Title: Poop and perception: A transdisciplinary approach to managing coastal microbial water quality in Costa Rica
Host: Mya Breitbart/David Naar
Oct. 13, 2017
Speaker: Todd A. Crowl
Affiliation: Southeast Environmental Research Center, Florida International University
Title: FIU's CREST Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment: Untangling Sources, Transport and Ecosystem Responses to Contaminants, Pollutants And Other Stressors in South Florida Aquatic Ecosystems
Host: Abdiel E. Laureano-Rosario/Frank Muller-Karger
Oct. 20, 2017
Speaker: Chris Anastasiou
Affiliation: Southwest Florida Water Management District
Title: "Mermaids, Manatees, and the Rising Seas:
Profound changes along Florida’s Springs Coast are shifting ecological paradigms before our very eyes!"
Host: Sean Beckwith
Oct. 27, 2017
Speaker: Rene Boiteau
Affiliation: Pacific Northwest National Lab
Title: Revealing mechanisms of biogeochemical metal cycling in the ocean
Host: Tim Conway
Nov. 3, 2017
Speaker: Howard Townsend
Affiliation: NOAA Chesapeake Bay
Title: Applied Ecosystem Modeling For Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management
Host: Cameron Ainsworth
Nov. 9, 2017
USF Alumni Roundtable
Moderator- Merrie Beth Neely, MS '96, PhD '08
Marine Habitat Habitat Resource Specialist II, Earth Resources Technology, Inc.
Beau Suthard, MS ‘05
Client Program Manager, APTIM
Steve Walker, MS ‘84
Monica Wilson, MS ’07, PhD ‘13
Oil Spill Research Extension Specialist, Florida Sea Grant College Program, UF/IFAS Extension
Host: Howard Rutherford
Nov. 17, 2017
Speaker: Pete Rose
Affiliation: Rose & Associates
Title: Cognitive bias is scientific research
Host: Gene Shinn
Dec. 1, 2017
Speaker: Jeremy Testa
Affiliation: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Title: Trends and Phenology in Linked Carbon, Oxygen, and Nitrogen Cycles in the Chesapeake Bay Estuary
Host: Yun Li
Dec. 8, 2017
Speaker: Peter Girguis
Affiliation: Harvard University
Title: The Seas We’ve Hardly Seen: Adaptations to living in the deep dark ocean
Host: Mya Breitbart
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - On Thursday, August 10, 2017, Senator Bill Nelson convened a field hearing by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in USFSP’s Student Center. Titled “Threats Facing Florida’s Tourism Driven Economy,” the opening remarks by Senator Nelson and others on the committee brought attention to the negative impacts of human-caused disasters and a changing climate on tourism in the state of Florida, an issue which affects every resident in some facet. Four witnesses from various industries were given time to offer their statements imploring the senator to continue to fight for legislation and funding that will have the greatest benefit on the environment and residents of Florida. The panel of committee members then questioned the witnesses for their thoughts on how best to implement the changes needed to steward our environment and, thereby, preserve a very robust tourism industry.
Additionally, a round table of USF professors and senate staff members was held in the morning ahead of the senate committee hearing. Drawing on the knowledge from each of their fields of research, the faculty members made clear the scientific infrastructure that must remain intact in order to comprehend the impacts of natural and human-induced environmental challenges facing our population. Concerns discussed included: sea level rise and coastal structures, ports hazard management, seagrass health, clean drinking water, NASA earth observations, the importance of long-term monitoring and data collection, overfishing as the result of misguided regulation, St. Petersburg as a scientific center of excellence, and the ongoing cycle of beach erosion, renourishment and shore protection.
Story By: Sean Beckwith
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - More than 30,000 fish species exist. But it's always been a guessing game on where they originate. A new technique developed by researchers at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science is paving the way in discovering where a wide-range of species spawn. It's a difficult task as 95% of fish in the world release their eggs into the water and drift away.
More about the latest efforts and research by USF and local researchers.
Since the spill the C-IMAGE Consortium has advanced understanding of the processes, mechanisms, and environmental consequences of marine oil blowouts through collaborative efforts across the Gulf and internationally.
The Florida Institute of Oceanography has also played a key role in fostering collaborative efforts after the spill through the use of their vessels and managing penalty and Restore Act monies from BP.
BeneathTheHorizon.org - Interactive oil spill timeline chronicling Deepwater Horizon and Ixtoc spills.
Deepwater Horizon: Seven years after explosion and oil spill, study finds clean-up workers got sicker - Craig Pittman, Tampa Bay Times
40-Year-Old Oil Spill Offers Clues To Deepwater Horizon's Long-Term Impact - Texas Public Radio
ST. PETERSBURG - USF College of Arts and Sciences' Trailblazers Series hits the road this coming Shark Week in St. Pete. This amazing event if free. Join us for our first Road Scholars event with Professor Phil Motta presenting a Jawesome lecture on Shark and Fish Research. This event takes place Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7 PM at the Dali Museum. In partnership with the USF College of Marine Science and the Poynter Institute. Please RSVP for this event.
New Orleans, LA - In light of recent publications of longstanding sexual and physical harassment and abuse in the field, we request that the NSF-directed US Antarctic Program clarify its policies for reporting harassment, investigations of allegations, and enforcements of codes of conduct. Recent events show that domineering behaviors, mainly by men in power positions (Principal Investigator, lead scientist, senior camp member, etc.) are more common when victims feel empowered to speak out. However, the remote and physically-challenging environment of Antarctic make this a special case, and a potentially more dangerous one.
Please sign petition http://bit.ly/2B3tA24 requesting a more meaningful role for NSF in investigating harassment in remote field locations, including Antarctica (login info to left of sign-in). If you are at AGU17, see Brad Rosenheim for details.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Today, Blue Water Recoveries company announced, in partnership with Oman’s Ministry of Heritage & Culture, the discovery of the earliest European ship of discovery that was part of Vasco da Gama’s 1502-1503 fleet to India. David L. Mearns, is the Director at Blue Water Recoveries, an alumnus of USF, and holds a master's degree from the College of Marine Science. David is one of the world's most renowned shipwreck hunters.
News about this discovery has been officially released. The links below will direct you to a Project Website.
Also, an academic paper was published today in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology. This paper is free to download at the following site.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL -
Speaker: Katie Schreiner
Affiliation: Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota Duluth
Seminar Title: Sources and Reactivity of Terrestrial Organic Carbon to the Colville River Delta, Beaufort Sea, Alaska
Where: MSL Conference Room (134)
Host: Brad E. Rosenheim
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Southern Ocean Science Group has launched their new website. Their mission is to conduct interdisciplinary cutting edge research in the Southern Ocean, mentor graduate students, and communicate their findings to the scientific and broader communities. Because the Southern Ocean has global significance and the Antarctic community of scholars and funding agencies are international in scope by way of the Antarctic Treaty, the USF-CMS SO group works closely with colleagues and students from other nations. They encourage and facilitate teamwork amongst researchers to allow a broader understanding of Earth System interactions and to address long-standing problems in Antarctic science.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - On Saturday February 18, 2017, USF College of Marine Science hosted the 2017 Spoonbill Bowl Competition. At 7:30 in morning 18 teams from 13 from Florida’s West Coast regional high schools arrived, ready to have breakfast and start the day. It was a fun filled day of fierce competition and lots of ocean science education for all involved -- teams and room officials alike. This year’s event could probably be considered one of the most exhilarating! The competition had many tie- breaker rounds going into the afternoon elimination rounds. The air was filled with nervous energy as the players of the final rounds took their places.
The winning round was played by the defending 2016 Champions, the Academy of Environmental Science (AES) A- Team, and the 2015 Champions, Eastside High School A-Team. When the final round’s time clock sounded it was Eastside High School’s A-Team from Gainesville Florida that emerged as the 2017 champions. The Academy of Environmental Science (AES) A- Team won second place and the AES B-Team won third place. The Sportsmanship Award was won by Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School from Bradenton Florida. Continuing a Spoonbill tradition of a team t-shirt contest, the Durant High School team won the competition.
This event would not be possible without the overwhelming support of volunteers from the College of Marine Science and many of our neighboring marine agencies—Eckerd College, USFSP, USGS, FWRI, NOAA Fisheries, Florida Aquarium, Ocean Optics, Center for Open Exploration, Florida Marine Science Educators Association, Florida Sea Grant and World Power and Water.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Please join us in cheering for our home team, the 2016 Spoonbill Champs, Academy of Environmental Science. Follow the National Ocean Sciences Bowl Competition daily via Facebook and Twitter. They will arrive with the showbox team in North Carolina later today.
Friday, April 22, 2016 - Fieldtrips
Saturday, April 23, 2016 - Competition
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - Competition
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Last week, 13 high school students from Pinellas County participated in a five-day workshop to increase their knowledge about marine/watershed pollution causes and impacts, and develop their communications and project leadership skills. The new workshop was developed by Keep Pinellas Beautiful and the University of South Florida College of Marine Science for the Collaborating for Clean Communities initiative, which is funded by a NOAA Marine Debris Prevention grant.
The students heard presentations and engaged in discussions with experts from KPB, USF CMS, the City of St. Petersburg, the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit and the USF SP School of Media Studies. Held at the USF SP Harbor Hall, students kayaked in Booker Creek and X beach to assess litter, and practiced organizing a clean-up in Bayboro Harbor. During the week, students honed in on their issues and developed projects to implement at their schools.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - A group of 47 students from Stewart Magnet Middle School along with teachers and chaperones visited the College of Marine Science on Friday, December 1st, 2017, to learn oceanographic research practices directly from the scientists themselves. The magnet school is STEM focused with electives that include aerospace, engineering, environmental, robotics, computer, and video game design. Their partnerships include NASA, NOAA, Tuskegee Airmen, U.S. Air Force, FBI and more.
Representing the Center for Ocean Technology (COT), the Institute for Marine Remote Sensing (IMaRS), and the Ocean Monitoring and Prediction Lab, students, faculty and researchers of CMS led three groups of Stewart Middle students around the halls and the docks of the peninsular campus in Bayboro Harbor. Members of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) enriched the tour with explanations of the research fleet and an in-depth tour of the Weatherbird II, FIO’s flagship research vessel.
The introduction to the day’s studies was given by Frank Muller-Karger who has worked with teachers from Stewart Middle to educate students on marine science and technology for the past 18 years. Dr. Muller-Karger teaches remote sensing and directs the IMaRS group. After a tour of the Weatherbird and a hands-on demonstration of marine sensors, the students were provided exercises on sea floor mapping and remote sensing of environmental parameters useful to understanding biodiversity. The young students kept the faculty and researchers on their toes with some astute questions, offering the prospect of at least a few future oceanographers.
Written By: Sean Beckwith
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Thanks to Dean Dixon's generous support, Marcy Cockrell, Megan Hepner, Kate Dubickas, and Alex Ilich participated in the Blue Vision Summit Healthy Oceans Hill Day in Washington, D.C on May 10. Constituents met with 24 Florida Congressional offices, and the CMS team met with 9 of the 24 offices, including Rep. Kathy Castor and Sen. Bill Nelson. They lobbied for efforts to reduce marine debris, maintain federal funding for Florida's coastal resiliency and ocean water quality monitoring programs, and to uphold the moratorium on oil and gas drilling off Florida's coasts. The offices were very receptive and encouraged all students and concerned citizens to reach out to their elected officials, from local to federal, for resolutions of these and other ocean and coastal issues.