Summer Fun - Oceanography Camp for Girls - Be A Science Mentor or Sr. Counselor

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Just a reminder that this week is the deadline to apply for the Oceanography Camp for Girls as a Science Mentor (graduate students) or Senior Counselor (undergraduate students). Anyone who plans to participate in the OCG at any level needs to complete an application (field trips, labs, tours, etc.) and will complete a Level 2 Background Check. 

For additional information please contact Teresa Greely or Angela Lodge.

OCG Science Mentor Application 2017

OCG Senior Counselor Application 2017

OCG Activities Calendar 2017

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Science Communication in the current landscape- a filmmakers perspective


Speaker: Stephani Gordon

Affiliation: Open Boat Films, LLC

Seminar Title: Science Communication in the current landscape- a filmmakers perspective

When: Mar. 30, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Brad Seibel

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Florida scientists encouraging President Trump to maintain earth science programs

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Florida Scientists send an open letter for the third time in six months to President Trump encouraging him to maintain the earth science programs at NASA and NOAA.  Listen to Frank Muller-Karger’s interview here.

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Marine Science Happy Hour Networking - Mar. 23 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be today, March 23, 2017, 4:30-6:30pm at SeaSalt (Himalayan Lounge area indoors to the left as you enter the main doors and near the patio entrance), 183 2nd Avenue N, St Petersburg, FL 33701 in the Sundial.  The event is self pay and name tags will be provided. They have complimentary valet (tip appreciated), or you can park at street meters or garages. 

This event is a great opportunity to find a potential employer or collaborator, a new grad student, a new major professor - or just meet other science professionals outside your office. Please share this notice and join us - and bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues!  St. Petersburg POD of 500 Women Scientists - mini huddle at 6pm within this same event!

April Save-the-Date: This will be held in conjunction with the USF College of Marine Science's 50th Anniversary Celebration, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Tavern at Bayboro 120 6th Ave S St Petersburg FL 33701

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Vertical Kinetic Energy, Turbulence and Mixing in the Ocean


Speakers/Affiliations: Andreas Thurnherr, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory/Columbia University

Seminar Title: Vertical Kinetic Energy, Turbulence and Mixing in the Ocean

When: Mar. 24, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Xinfeng Liang

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More Information - Dr. Thurnherr is an observational physical oceanographer. His research interests concern processes acting near topography (including hydrothermal circulation), horizontal and vertical dispersal, as well as the large-scale circulation, with emphasis on the return limb of the overturning circulation (mixing and upwelling). Additionally, he is interested in oceanographic instrumentation and methods, in particular those related to the measurement of currents, internal waves and turbulence with acoustic methods (especially ADCPs). For more information about him, please see


Kema Malki awarded a 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to Kema Malki, who was awarded a 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and Shannon Burns, who received an Honorable Mention in this year's competition.  Great job to all who applied.

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Florida scientists fear hurricane forecasts, climate research will suffer under Trump

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - A growing chorus of scientists is raising the alarm over reports of Trump administration budgets cuts that would affect climate change research and hurricane forecasting.

On Monday, March 13, 2017, 32 Florida scientists sent a letter to the president voicing worry over reports that the Department of Commerce, which overseas the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has proposed cutting 17 percent from its budget, with the nation’s network of satellites taking the biggest hit. The satellites include a system of polar orbiters that provide critical data from the top and bottom of the planet and help scientists understand two of the biggest threats facing the peninsula.

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"Sanctuaries MBON" Receives NOPP 2016 Excellence in Partnering Award

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The National Oceanographic Partnership Program announced that the Sanctuaries Project of the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network, led by Dr. Frank Muller-Karger, was selected for the NOPP's 2016 Excellence in Partnering Award. The Sanctuaries MBON project seeks to provide near real-time information on the status and trends of life in the sea. The project is designed to monitor changes in marine biodiversity in two US National Marine Sanctuaries - the Florida Keys and Monterey Bay, working jointly with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).

Nitrogen Dynamics in Tropical Coastal Ecosystems: A Case Study in Guam


Speakers/Affiliations: Kiho Kim, American University

Seminar Title: Nitrogen Dynamics in Tropical Coastal Ecosystems: A Case Study in Guam

When: Mar. 9, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Chris Simoniello

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Coastal Ocean Circulation Influences on Matters of Societal Concern

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Today, February 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM EST, Dr. Robert Weisberg of University of South Florida College of Marine Science will be discussing coastal ocean circulation. Reserve your spot now.

Title: Coastal Ocean Circulation Influences on Matters of Societal Concern
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 12 PM ET
Speaker: Dr. Bob Weisberg, University of South Florida College of Marine Science
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The coastal ocean, defined as the continental shelf and the estuaries, is where society meets the sea. It is where bathing and boating abound, where major recreational and commercial fisheries are situated along with maritime commerce hubs, where harmful algal blooms occur, fossil fuels are tapped and alternative energy sources are considered for exploitation, and where tourists and residents simply go to relax. In essence, the coastal ocean is the epicenter for maritime ecosystems services. Managing all of these coastal ocean utilizations, some competitive with one another, and planning for future, sustainable uses, requires the ability to describe the state of the coastal ocean and to predict the effects that may ensue from either naturally occurring or human-induced influences. The state of the coastal ocean is largely determined by the ocean circulation. The circulation is what unites nutrients with light, fueling primary productivity, what determines the water properties in which fish and other organisms reside and what controls the movement of larvae between spawning and settlement regions. The circulation also determines the movement of harmful substances spilled into the sea and the conduct of search and rescue operations. Applications for red tide, gag grouper recruitment and the transport of Deepwater Horizon oil to northern Gulf of Mexico beaches will be discussed.

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