What’s killing a coral reef 100 miles out in the Gulf

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - This week on University Beat, USF scientists are trying to figure out what’s killing a coral reef 100 miles out in the Gulf. A team of USF biologists is assessing the impact of the partially-treated sewage spill in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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The 2016-2017 Fellowship and Award Recipients

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to all the 2016-2017 Fellowship and Award recipients.  Listed below are the students and the Fellowship/Award that they received.


2016-2017 Fellowship Recipients

William & Elsie Knight Endowed Fellowship Fund for Marine Science - Kristina Deak - Jonathan Sharp - Susan Snyder
St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership Fellowship in Coastal Science - Joshua Breithaupt
Bridge to the Doctorate Endowed Graduate Fellowship - Shaniqua Gladney
Garrels Memorial Fellowship in Marine Science - Lindsey Dornberger
Paul Getting Endowed Memorial Fellowship in Marine Science - Ryan Venturelli
Jack & Katharine Ann Lake Fellowship in Marine Science - Shaojie Sun - Travis Mellett
Young Fellowship Program Fund - Alexander Ilich
Gulf Oceanographic Charitable Trust Fellowships Endowment - Erin Cuyler - Matthew McCarthy
William T. Hogarth Fellowship in Marine Mammals - Kara Wall
George Lorton Fellowship in Marine Science - Elizabeth Herdter
Oceanography Camp for Girls Fellowship - Elizabeth Brown
Carl Riggs Fellowship in Marine Science - Catherine Smith
Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club/Mary & Al Bridell Memorial Fellowship - Natalie Sawaya
Southern Kingfish Association’s Endowment Fund - Kara Vadman - Alexandria Creasy
Tampa Bay Parrot Head Fellowship in Marine Science - Shuangling Chen
Linton Tibbetts Endowed Graduate Student Fellowship - Christian Gfatter
Wells Fargo Fellowship in Marine Science - Dana Nieuwkerk
Anne & Werner Von Rosenstiel Fellowship in Marine Science - Gabriel Browning - Katherine Bruder - Jonathan Peake - Yingjun Zhang

2016-2017 Award Recipients

Renate E. Bernstein Outstanding Authorship Award - Elizabeth Fahsbender
David K. Costello Award for Interdisciplinary Engineering - David English
Sackett Prize for Innovative Research Fund - Esa-Matti Tastula

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SECOORA Recognizes USF-NOAA Internships

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SECOORA, US IOOS and University of South Florida College of Marine Science (USF CMS) hosted two interns over the summer.  Under the mentorship of Dave Easter (US IOOS), Jay Law (USF CMS) and Vembu Subramanian (SECOORA), the undergraduate students learned hands-on the importance of coastal ocean observing.

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Watch Live: Dr. Verena Trenkel


Speaker: Dr. Verena Trenkel

Affiliation: Researcher, Ifremer, France

Seminar Title: Functional Ecological Groups in Ecosystem Modeling

When: Oct. 18, 2016 12:00pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Dr. Kai Lorenzen (UF), Dr. Sue Lowerre-Barbieri (FWRI), and Dr. Steve Murawski (USF)

About: Dr. Verena Trenkel is an outstanding scholar who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the quantitative fisheries sciences. Her major contributions include the development of novel indicators, survey methods and statistical approaches for assessing the conservation status of fish stocks and communities. For example, her work on indicators of fishing impacts on fish communities (Can J Fish Aquat Sci 60: 67-86 and 86-99, 2003) is among the most widely cited and used contributions on the subject. She has pioneered and rigorously tested the use of novel observation methods such as cameras mounted on remotely operated vehicles for quantitative population estimates (ICES J Mar Sci 61: 1050-1056, 2004) and also developed novel modeling and statistical approaches that allow population assessment from limited data, such as biomass survey indices without information on fisheries catches (Can J Fish Aquat Sci 65: 1024-1035, 2008). She has published over 80 peer reviewed papers and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Living Aquatic Resources and as Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Dr. Trenkel will spend four days is Florida, three at the University of Florida in Gainesville and one at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and University of South Florida College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg.

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Phi Kappa Phi inducts Christian Gfatter

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi inducted USF students recognized for academic excellence, including MS student, Christian Gfatter. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, it is the oldest all-discipline collegiate honor society.

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Allorecognition: How a cnidarian tells friend from foe


Speaker: Dr. Matthew Nicotra

Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Allorecognition: How a cnidarian tells friend from foe   

When: Oct. 21, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Larry Dishaw

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The Ocean and Glacier Retreat in Patagonia


Speaker: Dr. Carlos Moffat

Affiliation: University of Delaware

Seminar Title: The Ocean and Glacier Retreat in Patagonia

When: Oct. 14, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Eugene Domack

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Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event Oct. 13 2016

ST . PETERSBURG, FL - Our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be this Thursday October 13, 2016, 4:30-6:30pm at the newly reopened Independent Bar St Petersburg, 1049 Central Avenue (formerly the Amsterdam).   The event is self pay, they have

metered street parking nearby and name tags will be provided.  Please bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues.

Amelia Shevenell, big ideas and big risks

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Amelia Shevenell from the University of South Florida specializes in big ideas about paleoceanography and the Antarctic Ice Sheet. She’s also keen to push the methodological envelope, which can be risky if things go pear shaped.

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Ben Ross co‑chairs session at GSA 2016

DENVER, CO - At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Ben Ross organized and co‑chaired with Caitlin Hanley the session, “Experimental Approaches and Technology in Service of Micropaleontology”. Dr. Joan Bernhard of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was the featured speaker and talks were given by several USF College of Marine Science students, faculty, and alumni. MS student, Christian Gfatter, introduced his approach of utilizing image recognition technology for foraminiferal assemblage analyses in his first oral presentation at a scientific conference. Dr. Guillem Mateu‑Vincens, former visiting pre‑doctoral researcher in the Reef Indicators Lab at CMS, and Dr. Natasha Mendez‑Ferrer, a recent CMS alumna, were invited speakers. Sean Beckwith, another CMS graduate student, and Dr. Pamela Hallock Muller also made oral presentations on technology and foraminifera.

The Cushman Foundation was a sponsor of the session as well as “Microfossil Proxies in Earth History” where Elizabeth Brown and Christian Haller presented posters on their research. In addition, Dr. Ryan Moyer, a CMS courtesy professor, made an oral presentation at the “Urban Geochemistry” session.

Photo: Left to right – Christian Gfatter, Dr. Pamela Hallock Muller, Sean Beckwith, Ben Ross, Dr. Natasha Mendez‑Ferrer

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