Dr Tim Conway awarded USF New Researcher Grant

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr Tim Conway, a new Chemical Oceanography Faculty member at USF College of Marine Science and School of Geosciences, has received a USF New Researcher Grant from USF Office of Research and Innovation (April 2017), entitled "Investigating the influence of the Gulf Stream System on micronutrient cycling in the North Atlantic Ocean".

This grant will fund a biogeochemistry cruise onboard RV ANGARI transecting the Southern Gulf Stream Jet from Florida to the Bahamas, working with the ANGARI non-profit foundation (http://angari.org/) to educate the public about ocean issues and communicate results from the cruise. The scientists on board from Conway's MarMITE laboratory and Dr Kristen Buck's group at CMS will investigate the distribution and biogeochemical cycling of metals such as iron and zinc, metals which are vital trace nutrients for marine organisms. Overall, the project aims to better understand the importance of the gulf stream in providing connections in trace metal cycling between the Gulf of Mexico, the loop current and the North Atlantic Ocean - especially important in the light of events such as oil spills in the Gulf.

This project will also be the first to make use of CMS' new multi-collector mass spectrometer (Thermo Neptune Plus) recently acquired as part of the new Tampa Bay Plasma Facility in the College of Marine Science at USF. This new instrument will allow us to measure tiny variations in the isotopic ratios of the trace metals even at the vanishingly-small concentrations of these metals in seawater.