Tampa Bay Marine Science Networking Happy Hour Event Feb 1 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 4:30-6:30pm at the Tavern at Bayboro. This event will also serve as the 2nd Annual Vembu Cheers - a memorial to his passing a year ago.  Even if you didn't know Vembu please join us, it will be just like our other events.  The event is self pay and name tags will be provided.

You can park at street meters or in the nearby USF garage in visitor spaces.  Find a potential employer or collaborator, a new grad student, a new major professor - or just meet other science professionals outside your office, because networking is not just for when you are not working. Please share this notice and join us - and bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues.

Last modified on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:49

Measuring the heat of the Ocean: From a small business to global impact


Speakers/Affiliations: Tony Haymet, Former director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, now co-owner of MRV Systems

Seminar TitleMeasuring the heat of the Ocean: From a small business to global impact

When: Feb. 2, 2018 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Kendra Daly

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Biomechanics of swimming and suspension feeding


Speakers/Affiliations: Kevin Du ClosUniversity of South Florida, Department of Integrated Biology

Seminar TitleBiomechanics of swimming and suspension feeding

When: Jan. 26, 2018 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Don Chambers

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Virtual buoys made possible by satellites freely provide oceanographic data at the click of a mouse

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Constantly scanning the earth in large swaths, satellites remotely sense the oceans and continuously transmit their data, 0’s and 1’s representing infrared and visible electromagnetic radiation, the portions of the spectrum most relevant to life on earth.  Dr. Chuanmin Hu and his group, the Optical Oceanography Laboratory, specialize in using optics and remote sensing to study algal blooms and water quality. 

By taking optical measurements of the surface of coastal and inland waters and by examining samples of floating seaweed, Dr. Hu and fellow researchers look for improvements to algorithms that are used to interpret remotely sensed data.  Students in the lab group play an integral role in conducting field work and processing data. 

Through the Virtual Buoy System (VBS), a vast network of virtual stations that receive georeferenced satellite information, the lab group provides a wealth of physical and optical water parameters on their website, with updates performed weekly. 


Additionally, the Sargassum Watch System (SaWS) uses standard and custom algorithms to monitor and track Sargassum seaweed and other floating algae.  An Integrated Red-tide Information System (IRIS) has been established to monitor red tides in coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  These three projects and more, along with data and map links to Google Earth can be found on the Optical Oceanography Laboratory website.

Funding by NASA and NSF allows Dr. Hu’s lab to provide these products to agencies and the general public in order to make informed decisions, whether they be for resource management or for personal occupation and leisure.


Written By: Sean Beckwith

Last modified on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:38

Get to know PhD student Imogen Browne

ROSS SEA, ANTARCTICA - PhD student Imogen Browne is currently aboard the JOIDES Resolution (JR) with the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 374. in Antarctica. Imogen Browne is a Fulbright student from New Zealand doing her Ph.D. in Marine Science at the University of South Florida. Get an up-close look at this fascinating two-month expedition to research 20 million years of ice sheet history.

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Crossing the Ross Sea Polynya and other antics

ROSS SEA, ANTARCTICA - The JOIDES Resolution is now following RV/IB Nathaniel B Palmer into the Ross Sea Polynya, which is Earth’s largest ice making factory. Cool air temperatures encourage surface water freezing which creates sea ice. Strong winds then move this ice around, freeing up more space for sea ice formation. The Ross Sea is highly productive in the summer months, where sunlight, a stable water column, and abundant dissolved nutrients stimulate huge phytoplankton blooms. These blooms are consumed by krill, which are consumed by predators like penguins, seals, and whales.

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Last modified on Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:18

Research: Oxygen Levels Continue Dropping In World's Waters

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Scientists say that climate change is having an effect on the levels of the world’s oceans. But it’s also apparently affecting the oxygen levels throughout the oceans, as well as our coastal waters including the Gulf of Mexico. That’s according to a study published in the Jan. 4 issue of Science by a team of scientists from the Global Ocean Oxygen Network (GO2NE), a working group created by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

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Mya Breitbart Elected AAAS Fellow in the Biological Sciences Section

TAMPA, FL - Mya Breitbart is a Professor of Biological Oceanography in the USF College of Marine Science, and a pioneering scientist in the field of viral metagenomics. She leads this rapidly growing field, publishing novel viral genomes from diverse hosts and environments. Her efforts have changed the way we view viruses and their impacts on our world, laying the groundwork for a whole new body of knowledge. She is recognized by colleagues as one of the top five microbial ecologists at her career level in the world. Breitbart's recent work has demonstrated the widespread occurrence of single-stranded DNA viruses in multiple ecosystems and diverse invertebrate hosts, leading her to develop novel methods for viral classification and produce a field guide of genomic characteristics for this previously overlooked viral group.

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Obituary: Eugene Domack

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr. Eugene Domack (Gene), Professor in Geological Oceanography at the USF College of Marine Science (CMS), died on Nov. 20, 2017 after a brief illness.

Gene received his Ph.D. in Geology from Rice University in 1982. He was hired at Hamilton College in 1985, after working for two years as an Exploration Geologist for Union Oil Company of California. He joined USF College of Marine Science in 2014. His scientific career was dedicated to the study of climate change, which he advanced through the development of international interdisciplinary programs. He was highly recognized for his research, including awards in 2011 as Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and 2012 as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His fieldwork led him all over the globe, on both land (Namibia, Australia, Greenland, Svalbard, Oneida Lake NY, and Whidbey Island WA) and sea (Chief-Scientist or Co-Chief Scientist on 15 Antarctic cruises).

His primary passion was Antarctic research and he generously shared that passion with others, including numerous students. He captured the interest and imagination of young scholars and enabled them to experience the excitement of science first-hand. He mentored hundreds of students throughout his career as a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Hamilton College in Upstate New York, and the University of South Florida. He left a rich legacy: many of his former students are now passing along that passion, including Ian Howat (Professor at Ohio State University and invited 2013 Eminent Scholar Lecture Series speaker at CMS), Amelia Shevenell (Associate Professor at CMS), and Matt Kirby (Professor at Cal State Fullerton).

Born in Wisconsin, Gene had a life-long love for the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and his alma mater, the Wisconsin Badgers. But most of all he loved his daughter, Maddie. Gene is survived by his wife Judi and daughter Madison, both of St. Petersburg; his mother Vivian Domack of Brookfield, WI; sister Deborah (Todd) Hill of Trempealeau, WI; brother Randy (Kasey) Domack of Holmen, WI; sister Julie (Jeff) Borkowicz of Brookfield, WI; and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his father Benjamin and his younger brother Shawn.

Contributions may be made to: The Madison Domack Education Fund. Checks can be sent to David C. Gross Funeral Home, 6366 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg FL 33707 for the family, or Temple Beth El “Religious School Special Projects Fund”, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg, Florida 33707.

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USF College of Marine Science Geologists Join International Antarctic Expedition

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - USF College of Marine Science Associate Professor Amelia Shevenell and doctoral student Imogen Browne are departing on an international expedition to the Ross Sea, to investigate 23 million years of past climate change and West Antarctic Ice Sheet response in a region that is sensitive to changes in ocean and atmospheric warming and contributes to global sea level change.

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