USGS Science Center Increases Support of USF Oceanography Camp for Girls

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Each summer the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center sponsors the University of South Florida (USF) Oceanography Camp for Girls, a three-week summer program developed in the 1990s to inspire and motivate young women entering high school to consider career opportunities in the sciences.

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Seminar Schedule Fall 2016

* Fridays at 3:30 PM, MSL Conference Room, (MSL 134)
Note: Some seminars are scheduled for Thursday (3:30PM, MSL 134)


Aug. 26, 2016

Faculty Seminars - Faculty Seminar Flyer


Sept. 2, 2016 *Cancelled*

Speaker: Cory Krediet

Affiliation: Eckerd College

Title: Corals and their microbial symbionts: a model systems approach       

Host: Mya Breitbart

Sept. 9, 2016

Speaker: David Murphy

Affiliation: University of South Florida College of Engineering

Title: Crude Oil Plumes in Crossflow AND Underwater Flight by the Sea Butterfly

Host: Gary Mitchum


Sept. 15, 2016

Speaker: Neils Jacobson

Affiliation: Deltares

Title: Detailed numerical modelling of fluid flow and morphodynamics with OpenFoam

Host: Patricia (Soupy) Dalyander (USGS)


Sept. 23, 2016

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

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.

Host: Brad Seibel


Sept. 30, 2016

Speaker: Robert Ahrens

Affiliation: University of Florida

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

Host: Liz Herdter/Murawski Lab


Oct. 7, 2016

Alumni Speakers

Bruce Barber, PhD '84

Executive Director, Gulf Shellfish Institute

Kara Doran, MS '10

Oceanographer, USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Merrie Beth Neely, MS '96, PhD '08

Environmental Consultant

Host: Howard Rutherford


Oct. 14, 2016

Speaker: Carlos Moffat

Affiliation: University of Delaware

Title: The Ocean and Glacier Retreat in Patagonia

Host: Eugene Domack


Oct. 21, 2016

Speaker: Matthew Nicotra

Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh

Title: Allorecognition: How a cnidarian tells friend from foe   

Host: Larry Dishaw


Oct. 25, 2016 (Tuesday)

Speaker: Esa-Matti Tastula

Affiliation: CMS Alumni and Sackett Prize Recipient

Title: Routing Ships Around the World Using Oceanography and Meteorology

Host: Boris Galperin


Oct. 28, 2016

Speaker: Cory Krediet

Affiliation: Eckerd College

Title: Corals and their microbial symbionts: a model systems approach

Host: Mya Breitbart


Nov. 4, 2016

Speaker: Arvind Varsani

Affiliation: Arizona State University

Title: Viruses and the frozen continent

Host: Mya Breitbart & Karyna Rosario


Nov. 17, 2016

Speaker: Andre J. van der Westhuysen

Affiliation: NOAA NWS/NCEP/Environmental Modeling Center

Title: Operational wind wave and coastal hazard forecasting in the US

Host:  Joseph Long (USGS)


Dec 2, 2016

Speaker: Heather Leslie

Affiliation: Darling Marine Center, University of Maine

Title: Sustaining Coastal Marine Social-Ecological System

Host: Marcy Cockrell/Murawski Lab


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Training Fijians to Monitor their Coral Reefs

Viti Levu, Fiji - "With the support of USAID’s Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM), the University of South Florida is training local mapping experts from the University of Fiji to utilize advanced geographic information system (GIS) platform services. The system’s satellite imagery provides a tool for rapid and accurate assessments that can be compared over time and with other locations. This will improve the University of Fiji’s mapping techniques for future research and environmental impact assessments. The team visited the project sites in Fiji and reviewed field data collection and verification procedures."

"Through USAID/PACAM’s grant to the Developing Base Maps of Tropical Aquatic Resources in the Pacific project, PACAM is helping the University of Fiji to use GIS technology in mapping and monitoring the reefs surrounding Votua Ba and Maui Bay on the Fijian island of Viti Levu. This project will enable the Fijian government and the communities to protect their coastal and marine resources for the future." - quoted from USAID Weekly Update newsletter. 

Sea Level Rise in Florida: Science, Impacts, and Options

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.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 16:09

Rising Tides - Summer 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - It's been an exciting and eventful summer here at USF College of Marine Science. Here are some of the highlights in the Rising Tides Magazine, Summer 2016 edition. 

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Last modified on Wednesday, 03 August 2016 13:56

USF-led Marine Science Research Group to Begin 40-Day Expedition Studying Gulf of Mexico Oil Spills

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Researchers from the University of South Florida College of Marine Science, along with colleagues representing institutions across the country and internationally, are set to embark on a 40-day research cruise through the Gulf Mexico to gather key data that will provide a more complete understanding of the destructive effects from two significant oil spills.

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Last modified on Monday, 01 August 2016 14:12

The Tampa Bay Water Story

TAMPA, FL - The Tampa Bay estuary holds unique characteristics and requires us all to play an active role in keeping our coastal communities healthy. It's a collaborative effort to monitor, maintain and care for Tampa Bay and it is an example of years of work that turned the tides on poor conditions several decades ago. It's crucial now, that we all understand that we have to actively pay attention and as much as we appreciate the beauty of living near the Bay, we have to work together to protect and preserve it for generations to come.



Last modified on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 18:28

Students Present at International Virus Meetings

Liverpool, England - Brittany Leigh and Chelsea Bonnain presented their research at the Aquatic Virus Workshop and the Viruses of Microbes international conferences in Plymouth and Liverpool, England in July 2016.

Last modified on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 18:25

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event July 27 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The next Tampa Bay Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be at The Ale and the Witch (inside Plaza Courtyard Shops), 111 2nd Ave NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701.  It will be held on Wednesday, July 27th, 4:30-6:30pm.  They have a diverse beer menu and also serve other alcohol and have unique non-alcoholic beverages.  This event will be self-pay and I will provide name tags.   You can park in the nearby parking garage or in metered street parking.  All ocean science professionals or those who support ocean science are welcome to attend.  Please share this event.

Students Develop Environmental Leadership Skills

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.