Philanthropist Anne Von Rosenstiel tours the laboratories of the USF College of Marine Science

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Anne Von Rosenstiel maintains the same passion for the marine sciences that her late husband Werner Von Rosenstiel held.  Their philanthropic efforts have supported roughly 100 students up to the present and will continue into the future as her recent visit demonstrates. 

Anne and her daughter, Kathleen Davis, were joined by fellow guests, Drs. Susan and Peter Betzer.  A tour of selected labs from the Marine Science Laboratory and the Knight Oceanographic Research Center was guided by Howard Rutherford and presentations of the equipment, devices, and applications of the science were given by students Alex Ilich, Susan Snyder, Kelly Vasbinder, Jordon Meyer, and Erin Cuyler, and by faculty member Robert Byrne. 

The presenters expressed current and future relevance of their research to society, specifically through advanced fish population monitoring, analysis of toxic ingredients in sea life, modeling ocean parameters to improve Marine Protected Areas, satellite observations of ocean circulation and mixing which signal changes in climate, and the development of affordable devices that will allow citizen scientists to observe the effects of ocean acidification in our coastal waters. 

By Sean Beckwith

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Senator Bill Nelson visits USFSP for a field hearing

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - On Thursday, August 10, 2017, Senator Bill Nelson convened a field hearing by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in USFSP’s Student Center.  Titled “Threats Facing Florida’s Tourism Driven Economy,” the opening remarks by Senator Nelson and others on the committee brought attention to the negative impacts of human-caused disasters and a changing climate on tourism in the state of Florida, an issue which affects every resident in some facet.  Four witnesses from various industries were given time to offer their statements imploring the senator to continue to fight for legislation and funding that will have the greatest benefit on the environment and residents of Florida.  The panel of committee members then questioned the witnesses for their thoughts on how best to implement the changes needed to steward our environment and, thereby, preserve a very robust tourism industry. 

Additionally, a round table of USF professors and senate staff members was held in the morning ahead of the senate committee hearing.  Drawing on the knowledge from each of their fields of research, the faculty members made clear the scientific infrastructure that must remain intact in order to comprehend the impacts of natural and human-induced environmental challenges facing our population.  Concerns discussed included:  sea level rise and coastal structures, ports hazard management, seagrass health, clean drinking water, NASA earth observations, the importance of long-term monitoring and data collection, overfishing as the result of misguided regulation, St. Petersburg as a scientific center of excellence, and the ongoing cycle of beach erosion, renourishment and shore protection. 

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Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA Professional Development Workshop

ST. PETESRBURG, FL - Join us Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8:00am - 4:00pm for a Professional Development Workshop for Educators of Grades 6-12.

Educators are invited to join NOAA OER staff to learn more about the importance of ocean exploration, current exploration technologies, and recent deep-sea discoveries. This full day Professional Development workshop will introduce standards-based, hands-on activities and other resources that guide classroom teaching and learning. Ocean health, unique underwater habitats, underwater mapping and remotely-operated vehicles are just a few of the topics to be addressed.

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Rising Tides - Summer 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - It's been an exciting winter here at USF College of Marine Science. Here are some of the highlights in the Rising Tides Magazine, Summer 2017 edition.

Rising Tides v7 - Summer 2017

 

Seminar Schedule Fall 2017

2017 Fall Seminar Schedule

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

* Speakers highlighted in green have been confirmed. Speakers in black are tentative. 

 

Aug. 24, 2017

Speaker: Erica Hudson Ombres

Affiliation: NOAA

Title: NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program

Host: Don Chambers

Aug. 25, 2017

Speaker: KT Scott

Affiliation: USF Integrative Biology

Title: Surprising diversity of CO2 concentrating mechanisms in sulfur oxidizing bacteria from marine habitats and elsewhere

Host: Mya Breitbart

 

Sept. 1, 2017

09:30 – 09:35 am Chuanmin Hu, Physical Oceanography
Introduction

09:35 – 10:05 am Brad Rosenheim, Geological Oceanography
Deciphering DOC in the Gulf of Mexico

10:05 – 10:35 am Don Chambers, Physical Oceanography
Have the fronts of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current really shifted south in the last 25 years?

10:35 – 10:45 am Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:15 am Mya Breitbart, Biological Oceanography
All about the base: DNA sequencing to address questions in biological oceanography

11:15 – 11:45 pm Ernst Peebles, Biological Oceanography
Applying DNA barcoding to synchronized egg surveys to estimate fish biomass on the West Florida Shelf

11:45 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break

01:00 – 01:30 pm Philip Kramer, FIO Director
Overview of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) and highlights of some of my recent research projects related to coral reefs, marine protected areas, and large-scale ecosystem monitoring

01:30 – 02:00 pm Steve Murawski, Biological Oceanography
Connectivity and Resilience of Gulf of Mexico Continental Shelf Fish Communities

02:00 – 02:10 am Coffee Break

02:10 – 02:40 pm Tim Conway, Chemical Oceanography
Gulf Stream Interactions and mesoscale trace element biogeochemistry

02:40 – 03:10 pm John Paul, Biological Oceanography
How to give birth to your hi-tech spinoff company

04:30 pm – Welcome-back TGIF hosted by MSAC

 

** Cancelled due to Hurricane Irma ** Sept. 8, 2017

Speaker: Aditya Nayak

Affiliation: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida David Murphy, USF College of Engineering

Title: Characterizing coastal turbulence and in situ oceanic particle fields using particle image velocimetry and digital holography

Host: David Murphy, USF College of Engineering

 

Sept. 15, 2017

Speaker: Valerie Trouet

Affiliation: University of Arizona

Title: Heat, wind, and fire: understanding drivers of past extreme weather events

Host: Julie Richey

 

Sept. 21, 2017

Speaker: Sandra Cruz-Pol

Affiliation: University of Puerto Rico at Mayguez

Professional Development Talk:
 
TITLE: RF Sensors for Remote Sensing the Earth and the importance of RF Spectrum Management

Host: David Naar/Bernard Batson/Frank Muller-Karger

 

Sept. 22, 2017

Speaker: Chris Martens

Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Title: Methane Plumes in the Deep Northern Gulf of Mexico

Host: Mark Luther

 

Sept. 29, 2017

Speaker: Randie Bundy

Affiliation: University of Washington

Title: The role of siderophores in the uptake and cycling of iron

Host: Kristin Buck

 

Oct. 5, 2017

Speaker: Erin Symonds

Affiliation: Sackett Award winner

Title: Poop and perception: A transdisciplinary approach to managing coastal microbial water quality in Costa Rica

Host: Mya Breitbart/David Naar

 

Oct. 13, 2017

Speaker: Todd A. Crowl

Affiliation: Southeast Environmental Research Center, Florida International University

Title: FIU's CREST Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment:  Untangling Sources, Transport and Ecosystem Responses to Contaminants, Pollutants And Other Stressors in South Florida Aquatic Ecosystems

Host: Abdiel E. Laureano-Rosario/Frank Muller-Karger

 

Oct. 20, 2017

Speaker: Chris Anastasiou

Affiliation: Southwest Florida Water Management District

Title: "Mermaids, Manatees, and the Rising Seas:
Profound changes along Florida’s Springs Coast are shifting ecological paradigms before our very eyes!"

Host: Sean Beckwith

Oct. 27, 2017

Speaker: Rene Boiteau

Affiliation: Pacific Northwest National Lab

Title: Revealing mechanisms of biogeochemical metal cycling in the ocean

Host: Tim Conway

 

Nov. 3, 2017

Speaker: Howard Townsend

Affiliation: NOAA Chesapeake Bay

Title: Applied Ecosystem Modeling For Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

Host: Cameron Ainsworth

 

Nov. 9, 2017

USF Alumni Roundtable

Moderator- Merrie Beth Neely, MS '96, PhD '08
Marine Habitat Habitat Resource Specialist II, Earth Resources Technology, Inc.

Panelists-

Beau Suthard, MS ‘05
Client Program Manager, APTIM

Steve Walker, MS ‘84
Retired

Monica Wilson, MS ’07, PhD ‘13
Oil Spill Research Extension Specialist, Florida Sea Grant College Program, UF/IFAS Extension

Host: Howard Rutherford

 

Nov. 17, 2017

Speaker: Pete Rose

Affiliation: Rose & Associates

Title: Cognitive bias is scientific research

Host: Gene Shinn

 

Dec. 1, 2017

Speaker: Jeremy Testa

Affiliation: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Title: Trends and Phenology in Linked Carbon, Oxygen, and Nitrogen Cycles in the Chesapeake Bay Estuary

Host: Yun Li

 

Dec. 8, 2017

Speaker: Peter Girguis

Affiliation: Harvard University

Title: The Seas We’ve Hardly Seen: Adaptations to living in the deep dark ocean

Host: Mya Breitbart

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Red Tide Chek, the first hand-held device that can detect red tide in the field

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - John Paul, PhD, USF distinguished professor, is lead inventor of Red Tide Chek, the first hand-held device that can detect red tide in the field.  Red tide is one of Florida’s greatest environmental, ecological and economic threats. These harmful algal blooms can cause human health problems and hamper the economy in lost tourism dollars and damaged fisheries.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 18:32

Don Chambers elected as a Fellow of the AGU

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - University of South Florida physical oceanographer Don Chambers, Professor in the College of Marine Science, has been elected as Fellow to the American Geophysical Union (AGU).  The award recognizes Chambers’ contributions to satellite geodesy that have brought new understanding of ocean and ice dynamics.

AGU is an international non-profit scientific association with more than 60,000 members dedicated to promotion and discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity.  The Fellows program recognizes AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to their fields as evaluated by their peers and vetted by section and focus group committees.  To qualify for consideration, nominees must be responsible for a major breakthrough, discovery, or paradigm shift in one of the Earth and space sciences.  The rare honor will be recognized during the Honors Ceremony at the organization’s Fall Meeting.

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Last modified on Friday, 28 July 2017 13:56

CMS Students on NOAA Ocean Acidification Cruise

KEY WEST, FL - USF College of Marine Science students Jon Sharp, Katelyn Schockman, and Ellie Hudson-Heck from the Byrne Lab, along with Eckerd College intern Courtney Tierney, are currently sailing aboard NOAA’s R/V Ronald H. Brown on the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems and Carbon Cycle Cruise (GOMECC-3). The Brown departed Key West, Florida on July 18, 2017 and will return to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on August 21, 2017, after a full loop around the Gulf of Mexico.

This is the most comprehensive ocean acidification cruise in this region to date, and the first of its kind to explore Mexican waters. Jon, Katelyn, Ellie, and Courtney are measuring pH and carbonate ion concentrations in the Gulf. These data will be vital for evaluating the progression of ocean acidification across the basin and on regional scales, with a particular focus on coastal dynamics. 

You can follow along with GOMECC-3 at the official cruise blog at gomecc3.wordpress.com or via Twitter using the hashtags #GOMECC3 and #GulfOA

Last modified on Friday, 28 July 2017 13:48

Extreme temperatures in southeast Asia caused by El Niño and worsened by global warming

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -

Speakers/Affiliations: Kaustubh Thirumalai, Brown University

Seminar Title: Extreme temperatures in southeast Asia caused by El Niño and worsened by global warming

When: July 20, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Julie Richey

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Extreme temperatures in southeast Asia caused by El Niño and worsened by global warming

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -

Speakers/Affiliations: Kaustubh Thirumalai, Brown University

Seminar Title: Extreme temperatures in southeast Asia caused by El Niño and worsened by global warming

When: July 20, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Julie Richey

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