Seven years later: BP oil spill settlement funding new way to manage fish populations

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - More than 30,000 fish species exist. But it's always been a guessing game on where they originate. A new technique developed by researchers at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science is paving the way in discovering where a wide-range of species spawn. It's a difficult task as 95% of fish in the world release their eggs into the water and drift away.

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More about the latest efforts and research by USF and local researchers.

Since the spill the C-IMAGE Consortium has advanced understanding of the processes, mechanisms, and environmental consequences of marine oil blowouts through collaborative efforts across the Gulf and internationally.

The Florida Institute of Oceanography has also played a key role in fostering collaborative efforts after the spill through the use of their vessels and managing penalty and Restore Act monies from BP.

BeneathTheHorizon.org - Interactive oil spill timeline chronicling Deepwater Horizon and Ixtoc spills.

Deepwater Horizon: Seven years after explosion and oil spill, study finds clean-up workers got sicker - Craig Pittman, Tampa Bay Times

Seven years after BP spill, Gulf-focused consortium continues research, releases new website - Mote Marine Lab

40-Year-Old Oil Spill Offers Clues To Deepwater Horizon's Long-Term Impact - Texas Public Radio

Projections of climate driven changes on blood oxygen affinity in pelagic habitats

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -

Speaker: Allison K. Smith

Affiliation: Univ. Washington

Seminar Title: Projections of climate driven changes on blood oxygen affinity in pelagic habitats

When: Apr. 21, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Brad Seibel

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NOSB 20th Anniversary

CORVALLIS, OR - The Annual and 20th Anniversary National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) National Finals Competition will take place next week on April 20-23, 2017, in Corvallis, OR. This year’s Finals are hosted by Salmon Bowl and Ocean Leadership member, Oregon State University.  As 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the NOSB, they are celebrating with a retrospective on the program via social media. Their '20 days of NOSB' campaign launched a couple of weeks ago.

During this 20 day period, leading up to the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Finals on April 20th, they'll be sharing photos, participant stories, historical and fun facts, and more. 

Join them on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and Tumblr, using @NOSBRocks, #20DaysNOSB, #NOSB17, and #NOSBturns20.

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PhD student Liz Fahsbender selected for NSF EAPSI Fellowship in Japan

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - PhD student Liz Fahsbender was selected to participate in the highly competitive NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program, where she will study the viruses found in ticks alongside researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan this summer.

Dr Tim Conway awarded USF New Researcher Grant

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr Tim Conway, a new Chemical Oceanography Faculty member at USF College of Marine Science and School of Geosciences, has received a USF New Researcher Grant from USF Office of Research and Innovation (April 2017), entitled "Investigating the influence of the Gulf Stream System on micronutrient cycling in the North Atlantic Ocean".

This grant will fund a biogeochemistry cruise onboard RV ANGARI transecting the Southern Gulf Stream Jet from Florida to the Bahamas, working with the ANGARI non-profit foundation (http://angari.org/) to educate the public about ocean issues and communicate results from the cruise. The scientists on board from Conway's MarMITE laboratory and Dr Kristen Buck's group at CMS will investigate the distribution and biogeochemical cycling of metals such as iron and zinc, metals which are vital trace nutrients for marine organisms. Overall, the project aims to better understand the importance of the gulf stream in providing connections in trace metal cycling between the Gulf of Mexico, the loop current and the North Atlantic Ocean - especially important in the light of events such as oil spills in the Gulf.

This project will also be the first to make use of CMS' new multi-collector mass spectrometer (Thermo Neptune Plus) recently acquired as part of the new Tampa Bay Plasma Facility in the College of Marine Science at USF. This new instrument will allow us to measure tiny variations in the isotopic ratios of the trace metals even at the vanishingly-small concentrations of these metals in seawater.

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USF College of Marine Science Celebrates Clam Bayou Marine Education Center

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Among the many accomplishments the USF College of Marine Science will celebrate this week as it marks its 50th anniversary is the creation of its Clam Bayou Marine Education Center, where hundreds of children and adult learners convene each year to learn about the wonders beneath Florida’s waters.

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Marine Science Happy Hour Networking - Apr. 5 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Today, Wednesday, April 5th  5-7pm is our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour.  Today we will be at The Tavern at Bayboro 120 6th Ave S St Petersburg FL 33701.  This event is in conjunction with the USF College of Marine Science 50th Anniversary celebration so there will be increased opportunity to network with ocean science alumni from around the world.  The event is self pay and name tags will be provided. 

Parking will likely be a challenge here - there are paid meters on the street along both sides of 1st Ave S and along 8th Ave SE, there is also some parking in the specially designated spaces in the Tavern's lot or you can also find visitor parking in the USF garage on the north side of 6th Ave S and 3rd St across from the USF Student Center - this is 1.5 blocks due west of the Tavern.  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. 

50 Years of Advancing Ocean Education

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - You are invited to join the University of South Florida College of Marine Science in celebrating 50 years of advancing ocean education, research and innovation in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. Alumni, faculty and friends from across the U.S. and around the world will come together to honor the past, celebrate the present, embrace the future.

The 50th celebration will be held April 5-8, 2017 at the C.W. Bill Young Marine Science Complex along the Bayboro Waterfront. Seminars, plenaries and special events will include Alumni and friends from across the globe. A variety of family friendly field trips and activities have been planned. Bring your family for some fun in the sun!

50 Years of Advancing Ocean Education Website

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Wonders of a Marine National Monument

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument - Research vessel Okeanos Explorer has been collecting data and videos in the ocean and some of the astonishing creatures that live there.

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C-IMAGE 10 minute podcast series now available on iTunes

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Download C-IMAGE full podcast series, The Loop, now available on iTunes. Learn about the studies and initiatives of C-IMAGE in 10-minute episodes covering excursions into the Gulf, 'deep-sea in a can' experiments, and predicting spill impacts on ecosystems.

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