Spoonbill Team on their way to North Carolina

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.

Upcoming Schedule:

Friday, April 22, 2016 - Fieldtrips

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - Competition

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - Competition

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The 6th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Today is the 6th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the northern Gulf of Mexico. A live stream of the 'Dispatches from the Gulf' will be held today via YouTube at 2pm est and 7pm est.

The documentary highlights research from GoMRI members following the oil spill. If you haven't seen the film, it features USF and C-IMAGE researchers throughout. Especially the summer Mud & Blood sampling cruises aboard the R/V Weatherbird II.

Additional Articles:

6 years later, USF charting long-term effects of BP oil spill - Tampa Tribune

USF scientists have prominent role in new oil spill documentary narrated by Matt Damon - 10 ABC Action News

USF researchers study impact of gulf oil spill - FOX 13 News

Oil spill inspired greater scientific knowledge of Gulf of Mexico - Tampa Bay Times

Last modified on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 17:01

Examining groundwater connections between the Mississippi River and adjacent deltaic wetlands in Louisiana


Speaker: Dr. Jaye Cable

Affiliation: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Seminar Title: Examining groundwater connections between the Mississippi River and adjacent deltaic wetlands in Louisiana

When: April 22, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Christopher Smith (USGS)

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Last modified on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 20:10

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event Apr. 19 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Just a final reminder that our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be tomorrow Tuesday, April 19th 2016, from 5-7pm at Ceviche-St Pete (Flamenco Room downstairs), 10 Beach Dr, St Petersburg, FL 33701. 

It is TAPAS TUESDAY and they have beer/sangria and tapas specials! The event is selfpay, metered street (free after 6pm?) and nearby garage parking is available, and nametags will be provided.  We will be downstairs in the Flamenco Room - you can enter off Beach or enter the main level off 1st Ave N and walk down the stairs.

Please join us - and bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues! 

Last modified on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 15:06

Evaluating impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Cam Ainsworth's laboratory is evaluating impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the biota and fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico.  A key aspect to this study is using the 1979 IXTOC oil spill as an analog to understand long-term consequences of the spill and mitigation decisions.  His lab is also developing next generation tools and strategies for ecosystem-based fisheries management in the United States.  Efforts include evaluation of potential management instruments such as harvest control rules, marine protected areas and artificial reefs.  Cam Ainsworth and his students and staff use a range of statistical, agent-based, and box models to consider the interplay between physics, chemistry and biology of the oceans.

Visit The Fisheries and Ecosystem Ecology Lab

Last modified on Friday, 08 April 2016 17:26

Removal of six estrogenic endocrine-disrupting compounds from municipal wastewater

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr. Monica Cook, a USF CMS graduate (Spring 2015), recently published a manuscript in the journal Water. The manuscript, “Removal of six estrogenic endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs) from municipal wastewater using aluminum electrocoagulation” is open access in the Special Issue “Emerging Contaminants: Occurrence, Fate and Transport, and Removal” and can be found at the following link: http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/8/4/128/  

Co-authors include Dr. Ted Van Vleet (CMS), Dr. Mya Breitbart (CMS), Erin Symonds (CMS), Dr. Armando Hoare (USFSP) and Bert Gerber.

USFCMS Alumni: Inia Soto Ramos Combines Satellite Imagery and Models to Better Understand Gulf

Hattiesburg, Mississippi - Dr. Inia Soto Ramos grew up in mountainous central Puerto Rico looking forward to the summer holidays to go to the beach.

“I really liked science since I was a kid,” she recalled. “I would look around my house in the mountains for anything to investigate, and I would wait an entire year to get to go to the beach. I was fascinated by the ocean since I was very young.”

Soto Ramos’ interest led her to seek a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Puerto Rico. There she began learning about remote sensing using satellite imagery and geographic information systems (GIS). A six-month internship at Western Washington University through the Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Science Undergraduate Program (MIMSUP) in 2003 firmly set her on her path. There she credits Dr. Brian Bingham with not only introducing her to marine science, but also giving her confidence in her research and presentation skills.

“I was hooked after that,” she laughed. “No going back.”

Read the full article here

Last modified on Friday, 01 April 2016 13:34

From the Moon to Turbulence


Speaker: Dr. Richard Ray

Affiliation: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Seminar Title: From the Moon to Turbulence

When: April 1, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Gary Mitchum

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Last modified on Monday, 02 May 2016 13:12

OCG alumni accepts internship at Center for Human Genetics Research

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Jessie Green, a Biology student at Eckerd College, and Oceanography Camp for Girls alumni, has just accepted an internship at the Center for Human Genetics Research in Boston this summer.  Congratulations Jessica!

USFCMS grad students receive two NSFGRFP Fellowships and one Honorable Mention

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Three USF College of Marine Science graduate students have been recognized by the National Science Foundation's 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Kara Vadman, a geological oceanography graduate student in Amelia Shevenell's lab, and Jonathan Sharp, a chemical oceanography student in Dr. Bob Byrne's lab, received the prestigious 3-year NSF fellowships and Amanda Sosnowski, a biological oceanographer in Heather Judkins' and Mya Breitbart's labs earned an honorable mention.  The highly competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based graduate degrees.   


"What is your research topic on, Kara Vadman?"

"My research seeks to advance our understanding of Earth’s climate system by unraveling dynamic ice-ocean interactions that take place on the East Antarctic margin. I am conducting a paleoceanographic study of bottom water temperatures proximal to the marine terminating Totten Glacier-Moscow University Ice Shelf System using foraminifera geochemistry from a suite of marine sediment cores. The microfossils provide a record of oceanographic change over the past several thousand years. This project will enable us to determine the role that warm water masses have on ice sheet stability, which is immediately relevant to concerns that ongoing warming is destabilizing Antarctica’s ice sheets, resulting in global sea level rise."


"What is your research topic on, Jonathan Sharp?"

"I am a student in Robert Byrne's lab studying the marine carbonate system. I am investigating the influence of particulate organic matter on the titration alkalinity of seawater. I am also working on developing novel in situ sensors to measure carbonate system parameters. I'll be sailing on the 2016 West Coast Ocean Acidification Cruise in May to gather important water chemistry data and to broaden my scientific perspectives."


"What is your research topic on, Amanda Sosnowski?"

My Master’s research is focused on intraspecies variation and population connectivity in deep-sea cephalopods, as well as linking taxonomic diagnoses with DNA barcodes. My main research objectives include: determining genetic diversity in deep-sea cephalopods at the species level, determining genetic connectivity in deep-sea cephalopods at the regional level across different stations in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), and determining genetic connectivity in deep-sea cephalopods at the population level across disjunct basins separated by the Florida Peninsula (GoM and Northwest Atlantic Ocean). By studying the genetic diversity and population connectivity in deep-sea cephalopods, my research will lend a fuller picture to the amount of gene flow amongst cephalopod species in the GoM and Northwest Atlantic Ocean. It is imperative to understand the gene pool and genetic exchange of deep-sea cephalopods to determine if demographic independence exists among populations, and subsequently, assess their vulnerability to impact and recovery after disturbance. 

Congratulations to Kara, Jonathan, and Amanda!

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