The Hyperwall was developed by scientists and engineers at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division. It has 128 video screens to render graphics blown up to one quarter billion pixels - making this the world's highest resolution scientific visualization and data exploration environment. The system is connected to NASA's Pleiades/NEX supercomputer and data analysis system which now has 126,720 cores and a sustained processing capability of 1.24 petaflops. This is enough to make anyone flop over!
Maria works on her doctorate research at the College of Marine Science under the guidance of Prof. Frank Muller-Karger, at the Institute for Marine Remote Sensing or IMaRS. Maria and her NOAA and NASA colleagues are using the Hyperwall for analyzing satellite data of coral reefs and of the ocean's Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and Sea Surface Height (SSH). They are looking at Hot Spots in the world's ocean where coral reefs are stressed by high and low temperature extremes that we have seen in the last 20 years.
This work is a collaboration with Mark Eakin (NOAA Coral Reef Watch) and Liane Guild (NASA Ames), and involves NOAA expert Jianke Li, who also was a student at the College of Marine Science at USF before moving to NOAA. The work is part of the NASA-funded project entitled: " A Decision Support System for Ecosystem-Based Management of Tropical Coral Reef Environments".
June 20, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fl - Williston Middle School 7th graders visit the USF College of Marine Science as part of the AVID College Readiness Program.
Led by their teacher, Ms. Stephanie McCormick, twenty 7th graders visited the College of Marine Science (CMS) as a part of the AVID College Readiness Program. The students started their trip with a tour of the 115 ft research vessel, the Weatherbird II.
Next they visited three research labs and met with graduate students and scientists from the college. They learned about paleoceangraphy and how sediment cores tell the story of the oceanís past. During this visit to the Electron Microscopy lab, they viewed magnified 3-D images of tiny marine organisms. While visiting the Marine Ecosystem Analysis lab they learned how the fish ear bone (Otolith) is used to age the fish, much like tree rings tell the age of a tree, and discussed the problems caused by the infamous lionfish.
After visiting the college, the students toured the neighboring USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center where they learned about hurricanes and coastal erosion. Throughout the visit, the graduate students and scientists discussed their academic backgrounds to illustrate the variety of educational paths that can be taken to become involved in marine science.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fl - High school students join us this summer for a one-week Marine Science STEM academic program. Do you have a sense of adventure? Are you interested in exploring the oceans? Do you love being outdoors and in the water?
This five-day Ocean Immersion program provides a multidisciplinary, hands-on, inquiry-based learning experience in both laboratory and field environments.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fl - The Marine Science Advisory Committee (MSAC) ran the College of Marine Science (CMS) ornament fundraiser this past fall, in order to raise money to enhance science education at North Shore Elementary. In doing so, they were able to raise $125.00 needed to get materials, and pay for the Pier Aquarium educator, Grace, to come to the school and help to teach the kids about marine science.
At the school, every grade level attended and it was an all-day event. K-3rd graders were able to see the critters in the touch tank and build coral reefs from play-dough, activities provided by the Pier.
The 4th and 5th graders not only got to see the critters in the touch tank, but they also got to put together a manatee skeleton.
A special thank you to Butch Ringelspaugh, and Pier Aquarium educator, Grace, for making this event a success.
TAMPA, Fl - Dr. Frank Muller-Karger and his students have been recognized for their work with Stewart Middle Magnet School. Dr. Gary Mitchum was there representing the College of Marine Science. Accepting the award was Juan Millan.
"We appreciated your support so much that they nominated you as the Business Partner of the Year for their school, and the USF College of Marine Science was voted by our judges to be the Hillsborough County Secondary Business Partner of the Year," a Stewart Middle reprsentative stated.
A Stewart Middle reprsentative said, "I would like to extend our deepest thanks for taking the time to make a difference in Hillsborough County Public Schools." "You are so greatly appreciated by not only Stewart Middle, but by the Hillsborough Education Foundation as well as the Hillsborough County Public School District."
ST. PETERSBURG, Fl - Tasha Snow, Ileana Frytes Ortiz and Michelle Guitard, three CMS graduate students were recently recognized by the National Science Foundationís 2013 Graduate Research Fellowship Program Competition. Tasha and Ileana will each receive a $30,000 stipend, plus full tuition and fees, and student health insurance for up to three years. Michelle received Honorable Mention designation. The NSF awards Honorable Mention to meritorious applicants who do not receive fellowship awards. This is considered a significant national academic achievement and provides access to cyberinfrastructure resources.
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF received over 13,000 submitted applications for the 2013 competition, and made 2,000 award offers.
Ileana is investigating the effects of ocean acidification on predator-prey relationships in the Fish Ecology Lab of Dr. Christopher Stallings. She completed her B.S. in Integrative Biology at the University of Puerto RŪo-Piedras. Tasha and Michelle are studying marine geology with an emphasis in paleoceanography under the advisement of Dr. Amelia Shevenell. Tasha earned her B.S. in Oceanography at the University of Washington. Michelle earned her B.S. in Marine Science at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. Ileana and Michelle are participants in the NSF Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate program at USF.
April 26, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fl - Congratulations to Paleolab's Dominika deserves a huge round of applause for her recent successful GSA Grad Student Research award.
Using B/Ca in C. pachyderma from the west Florida shelf as an ocean acidification paleo-proxy in depths shallower than 1000 m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fl - Congratulations to CMS PhD student Adrienne George on receiving an NSF East Asian Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) 2013 fellowship!
The EAPSI program allows U.S. graduate students to pursue their research interests and gain international research experience and greater cultural awareness with counterparts in East Asian and Pacific host countries and institutions. Adrienne will characterize and compare coral diseases and parasites at three fringing reef sites, Luhuitou, Xiaodonghai and Dadonghai, at Sanya, Hainan Island, China. Her project will utilize coral-health surveys, analysis of carbon requirements of the microbes in coral mucus, denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE), and histological examination. This work will be the first comprehensive study to characterize and identify coral diseases of Sanya, Hainan Island, China. Adrienne will be hosted by Dr. Yu of the South China Sea Institute of Oceanography (SCSIO). SCSIO is one of the largest marine research institutes in China, and one of the knowledge innovation institutes under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Last year, Adrienne received a 2012 EAPSI fellowship to conduct research at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fl - Congratulations to Chad Lembke of COT, the 2013 David K. Costello Award for Interdisciplinary Engineering
This award recognizes the ability to develop engineering devices having interdisciplinary applications; leadership in writing peer-reviewed publications and/or proposals: and facilitation of the technical education of students enrolled in the College. The winner receives a $1000 award and a commemorative plaque, which is funded by the David K. Costello Award for Interdisciplinary Engineering Endowment.
Nov 21, 2012
Pamela Hallock Muller, Ph.D. named Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority PhD Program’s Mentor of the Year
Dr. Hallock Muller is the director of the Coral Reef Indicators Lab and was nominated by Michael Martinez-Colón, a doctoral student in her research group. Each year, only one faculty advisor from Sloan programs throughout the nation is selected for “demonstrated excellence in mentoring, contributions to increasing diversity and meeting other goals of the Compact’s Mission”.
Nov 4-7, 2012
2012 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting & Expo, Charlotte, North Carolina
CMS was well represented at the 2012 GSA Annual Meeting, including presentations or posters by Rebekka Larsen, Natasha Mendez-Ferrer, Ben Ross, Carlie Williams, Patrick Schwing, Gary Mitchum, and yours truly (hope I didn't miss anyone). Carlie's was an invited talk, which is wonderful recognition for a graduate student.
Awards were presented to two CMS graduate students at associated society award events:
Elizabeth Brown was awarded the Winifred Goldring Award to a student pursuing a career in paleontology, by the Association for Women Geoscientists and the Paleontological Society.
Natasha Mendez-Ferrer was awarded the Joseph A. Cushman Student Grant by the Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research.
Congratulations to all!!
Pamela Hallock Muller, Ph.D.
Professor College of Marine Science
University of South Florida
October 27, 2012
St. Petersburg Science Festival
The St. Petersburg Science Festival celebrated the wonders of hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In conjunction with MarineQuest, the annual open house of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Front Row Tampa Bay: USF College of Marine Science
USF College of Marine Science Dean Jackie Dixon and Professor Steve Murawski discussed the College's role during and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as well as its other areas of research. The forum was part of Front Row Tampa Bay, an online program presented by the Tampa Bay Partnership that aired in August 2012.
July 12, 2012
Kendall L. Carder selected as 2012 Jerlov Award Recipient
The Oceanography Society is pleased to announce that Professor Kendall L. Carder has been selected as the 2012 recipient of The Nils Gunnar Jerlov Award recognizing his contributions to the advancement of our knowledge of the nature and consequences of light in the ocean. Dr. Carder was specifically cited for his pioneering work on in situ optical measurements of particles and dissolved matter, the development of underwater imaging systems including holographic systems for measuring particle dynamics, his many contributions to ocean color remote sensing and hyperspectral imaging and his teaching and mentoring of students and post-doctoral fellows both at the University of South Florida and in the Ocean Optics Classes with Mary Jane Perry.
David Mearns receives the Order of Australia Medal (OAM)
During a ceremony in London, celebrating the the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, David Mearns received the Order of Australia Medal (Honorary) for discovering two sunken Australian naval vessels. David and his team discovered the HMAS Sydney II in 2008 and the AHS Centaur in 2009. The medal was presented by Australia's Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce, shown standing with David Mearns in the photo.
David Mearns, an author and world famous deep-sea shipwreck hunter, is a 1986 masters degree graduate of USF's College of Marine Science. David received USF's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011.
Erica Hudson Ombres receives Knauss Fellowship in Marine Policy
Congratulations to CMS PhD student Erica Hudson Ombres for being selected as a 2013-2014 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow.
The National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, established in 1979, provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. The program is named in honor of one of Sea Grant's founders, former NOAA Administrator, John A. Knauss.
May 15, 2012
Maria Vega-Rodriguez receives NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program Award
The NESSF provides support for students pursuing Masters or Ph.D. degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of the NESSF program is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. A total of 287 applications were received by NASA, of which 54 applicants were selected for awards this year.
Maria's NASA proposal was entitled “Influence of Temperature and Water Quality Variability on Coral Reef Diversity”. The research objective will be to evaluate the influence of spatial and temporal variability of water temperature and other water quality indices (e.g. nutrients) that track light availability on coral reef ecosystems in the Florida Keys. Satellite imagery will be coupled with in situ data to develop regional assessments of the impact of environmental variability on coral diversity.
Adrienne George on receiving an NSF East Asian Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) 2012 fellowship
Congratulations to CMS PhD student Adrienne George on receiving an NSF East Asian Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) 2012 fellowship!
The EAPSI program allows U.S. graduate students to pursue their research interests and gain international research experience and greater cultural awareness with counterparts in East Asian and Pacific host countries and institutions. Adrienne will be conducting research with Dr. Chaolun Allen Chen within the Biodiversity Research Center, at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. Her project will characterize coral diseases and parasites in Taiwan through coral health surveys, analysis of carbon requirements of the microbes in coral mucus, denaturinggradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE), and histological examination. This will be the first comprehensive study to characterize and identify the coral diseases of Taiwan.
Karyna Rosario wins the 2012 William M. Sackett Prize for innovative research
Congratulations to post doctoral research associate Dr. Karyna Rosario for winning the 2012 William M. Sackett Prize for innovative research!
Dr. Karyna Rosario received her Ph.D. with CMS professor Dr. Mya Breitbart in 2010. The award recognizes her work identifying viruses in reclaimed water for water quality monitoring purposes as well as the discovery of new groups of single-stranded DNA viruses in marine environments. Currently, she is investigating single-stranded DNA viruses in insect vectors in the Breitbart Microbiology Lab as a post doctoral research associate at CMS.
The Sackett Prize is designed to award the most meritorious research completed within the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida by one or more deserving students. All present and prior graduate students who have completed a MS or PhD within the past five years are eligible. The Prize is named in honor of Dr. William M. Sackett, who was Chairman of the Department of Marine Science from 1979 to 1983 and retired in 1997 as Distinguished Research Professor.
The Sackett Prize for Innovative Research is unique in that it is the only award in the College of Marine Science that recognizes demonstrated excellence in a completed research project. The other endowments recognize potential excellence in graduate students.
February 13, 2012
USF News: A Joint Attack on Red Tide
USF College of Marine Science is working with scientists in Mexico to study the toxic algae and track its migration.
A cooperative effort between the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science and scientists in Mexico has united scientists in studying red tide, the toxic Karenia brevis algae which can cause major health problems and wreak economic havoc on beach communities all along the Gulf shores.
The new effort has united scientists on either side of the Gulf and is producing more accurate tracking of red tide. It signals a new era of scientific cooperation between states and nations who share a common dependency on the Gulf, say researchers at USF’s College of Marine Science.
Dr. Teresa Greely selected to sail on the R/V JOIDES Resolution
Dr. Teresa Greely, Education & Outreach Coordinator at the USF College of Marine Science, has been selected to fill the Education Officer position on board the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) R/V JOIDES Resolution for Expedition 340 to the Lesser Antilles from February 6th-March 18th, 2012.
The scientific objective of the "Lesser Antilles Volcanism and Landslide" project is to increase understanding of the "constructive and destructive processes occurring along island arcs using the Lesser Antilles arc as a prime example. This project involves drilling, coring, and logging along one transect with three sites southeast of Montserrat, one site southwest of Montserrat, one site southwest of Dominica, one site northwest Martinique, as well as one transect with three sites southwest of Martinique. The record of eruptive activity and volcanoclastic sedimentation obtained during coring and logging will be used to accomplish these goals" (Source: Scientific Prospectus for Expedition 340).
College of Marine Science student Ern Symonds wins poster award
Erin Symonds won the 2nd place award for the Best Student Poster Presentation at the 21st Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference in Naples, with her poster titled "Viruses Found in Sewage and Their Potential to Indicate Fecal Pollution in Coastal Waters".
September 29, 2011
College of Marine Science Students receive awards for their academic achievements!
This year the College of Marine Science awarded over $300,000 as endowed fellowships to 26 CMS graduate students!
In addition to the endowed fellowships, many students receive additional awards for their academic achievements. Here are a few...
Holly Rolls won an Early Career Scientist Award at the 2011 ICES Science Conference in Gdansk, Poland. Her talk was entitled "Resolving the relative importance of fish nursery habitats using otolith elemental fingerprints." As part of the award, she will get funds for traveling to her choice of future meetings in Bergen (2012) or Copenhagen (2013).
Maria Vega-Rodriguez was awarded a 2011 Successful Latina Student Award.
Claudia Baron Aguilar was awarded a 2011 Successful Latina Student Award.