ANTARCTICA - The past week has been full of quintessential Antarctic experiences. I want to highlight these in the blog today because I actually spend a lot of time in the lab rather than outside on deck, so these experiences have been very special. Visit Expedition Antarctica for more of the article.
ANTARCTICA - The past 48 hours (approximately) have been relatively calm as far as work goes since some bad weather (35-45 knot winds) has halted over-the-deck operations. However, we were able to maintain station long enough (3.5 hours) for a rosette CTD and Amelia’s water pumping, which allows her and her colleagues at USF and elsewhere to collect archaea in different water masses and compare their population genomics. Visit Expedition Antarctica for more of the article.
ST. PETERSBURG - Four CMS graduate students were recently recognized by the National Science Foundation’s 2014 Graduate Research Fellowship Program Competition.
Awardees: Brittany Leigh (upper left) and Joseph Curtis (bottom left)
Honorable Mention: Lindsey Dornberger (bottom right) and Benjamin Kurth (upper right)
Congratulations on these very prestigious awards! We're very proud of you all!
View on NSF FastLane: http://1.usa.gov/1j3CuLM
ST. PETERSBURG -
Join us this Thursday as Dr. Melanie McField from Healthy Reefs Initiative, Smithsonian Institution evaluates the coral reef Ecosystem Health and Science-based management in the Mesoamerican Reef.
ST. PETERSBURG - Ms. Elizabeth Brown of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to Germany to continue her geological oceanography doctoral research at MARUM (Marine Environmental Studies) at the Universität Bremen, under the direction of Dr. Michael Kucera. Elizabeth is one of only 75 students to receive a full grant to Germany under the Fulbright program this year.
Elizabeth will explore the concept that a sub-tropical fossil plankton (G. ruber), used as a chemical indicator of ancient ocean/climate conditions, may not be accurately interpreted by scientists. She plans to bring her background in paleontology to Dr. Kucera’s lab, and draw on his expertise in genetic analysis and cryptic evolution. Her research goal is to better constrain the fossil record by analyzing global distribution and evolution of G. ruber. Elizabeth received her master’s degree in Geological Oceanography from the University of South Florida and her bachelor’s degree in Geology from Amherst College in Massachusetts.
As a Ph.D. student, Elizabeth represents the USF College of Marine Sciences, where her academic achievements have been noted inside and outside the classroom. She has taken part in field research and academic workshops in Germany (European Consortium for Ocean Drilling Summer School and GLOMAR Research Placement Program), Italy (Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology and Fifth International School on Foraminifera), Iceland (Five-College Field Studies) and Montana (Indiana University Geologic Field Camp). Elizabeth has also participated in research cruises for the RV Weatherbird II in the northern Gulf of Mexico and the West Florida Shelf. She is currently on the JOIDES Resolution in the South China Sea, working as a biostratigrapher.
Elizabeth is a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Geological Society of America (GSA), the Association of Women Geoscientists and the Society for Sedimentary Geology: NAMS. She has presented conference abstracts at the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America annual meetings. She is a recipient of the College of Marine Science’s Carl Riggs Endowed Fellowship, a European Science Foundation Short Visit Grant, a Garry Jones and Brian O’Neill Memorial Grant for NAMS Student Research and a National Science Foundation Scholarship to the Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology in Urbino, Italy.
Elizabeth is also active in community engagement for the promotion of science education. Since 2010, she has been a science teacher for the USF Oceanography Camp for Girls as well as an outreach officer for the Marine Science Advisory Committee, and from 2010 to 2013 she was a judge at the National Ocean Science Bowl. She is proficient in the Japanese language after living abroad in Kanazawa, Japan for a year as a Rotary Youth Scholar.
Following her return to the United States, Elizabeth plans to defend her doctoral studies and then seek employment as a post-doctoral research fellow, allowing her to gain more experience in independent research, teaching and grant-writing necessary to become a professor in academic science. She hopes to also continue to study the German language, as well as continue her collaboration with MARUM in post-graduate projects.
Dr. Linda Lucas, Director of the Office of National Scholarships said of Elizabeth’s award, “We are very proud of Elizabeth’s many significant accomplishments. She will be a wonderful ambassador from the US during her Fulbright experience.” The Office of National Scholarships identifies, recruits and mentors high achieving students to apply for national merit scholarships across all disciplines. The scholarships and fellowships are for creative, motivated and academically strong students who are leaders in and out of the classroom.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.
TAMPA - USF professors and grad students in Antarctica documenting the thinning ice sheet (Tampa Bay Times).