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Doctoral Degree Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements necessary to graduate from the University of South Florida with a degree in Marine Science.

Concentrations are available in:

Biological Oceanography

Chemical Oceanography

Geological Oceanography

Physical Oceanography

Marine Resource Assessment

 

Doctoral Degree (Ph. D.) in Marine Science

(Biological, Chemical, Geological, and Physical Concentrations)

  1. 90 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree (course catalog)
  • 12 core class credits - 4 core classes, 3 credit hours per class (Physical, Chemical, Biological and Geological Oceanography). A grade of "B-" or better in each of the core classes is required.
  • 62 elective credits
  • 16 dissertation credits (OCE 7980)
  • Please note only 3 credit hours of science education courses can be used towards your degree requirements.

2. Passing performance on a comprehensive qualifying written and oral examination

3. A written dissertation and successful oral defense

 

Marine Resource Assessment Concentration

  1. 90 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree (course catalog)
  • 12 core class credits (4 core classes, 3 credit hours per class (Physical, Chemical, Biological and Geological Oceanography). A grade of "B-" or better in each of the core classes is required.
  • 9 MRA concentration credits - 3 of the 4 MRA courses (Population Dynamics, Fish Biology, Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems, Applied Multivariate Statistics)
  • 53 elective credits16 dissertation credits (OCE 7980)
  • Please note only 3 credit hours of science education courses can be used towards your degree requirements.

2. Passing performance on a comprehensive qualifying written and oral examination

3. A written dissertation and successful oral defense

  • Thesis/dissertation topic selection: 1) must be science-based 2) should have an application to marine resource management or policy development 3) should not directly make management or policy recommendations 4) should be identified near the onset of graduate work 5) should address priorities identified by marine resource management agencies (Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, National Marine Fisheries Service, US Geological Survey)

Refer to the Policies webpage for a detailed PhD Program Checklist.

These requirements complement the USF Graduate School requirements stated in the graduate catalog. Prospective students may obtain general university information visiting the USF website and the USF Graduate School website.

Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate

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Overview

Coming Soon

Forms

I. NEW APPLICANTS

II. MASTER'S PROGRAM

III. PhD PROGRAM

IV. FACULTY

V. TRAVEL PROCEDURES

* The forms are sorted by four categories.

 

I. New Applicant Forms

Please visit the "How to Apply" page for complete application instructions and access to the online application link.

 

II. Master's Program Forms - For Current Students

General

  1. All Graduate School Office Forms
  2. Master Program Checklist - Extracted from the student handbook, use a guide the throughout your master's program.
  3. Progress Report for Master's Students

 

Course Related

  1. Master's Course Requirements Waiver Request / CMS Core Class Waiver Request
  2. Graduate Transfer Course * - Use to officially transfer courses from non-degree or incomplete degrees into your current program, to be completed as soon as possible after entering the program, submit to CMS Academic Affairs office.
  3. Graduate School Petition * - Use to adjust registration after the drop/add deadline, submit to the CMS Academic Affairs office for processing.

 

Thesis Related

  1. Thesis Proposal - SACS Evaluation Form * - Distribute to each of your committee members during your thesis proposal, submit completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office directly after thesis proposal, target: year 2.
  2. Committee Appointment* - Use to officially form your committee, submit completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office, target: year 2.
  3. Change of Committee* - Use to make changes to your committee.
  4. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Resource Center - Review the Graduate School ETD website one semester before graduation.
  5. Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Workshop (REQUIRED) - Attend an ETD workshop one semester before graduation or complete online assessment.
  6. Application to Graduate Form - Students who plan to graduate must complete and submit their Graduation Application online. Please give yourself an earlier deadline to address any potential obstacles. When you are ready to begin the survey and apply, login into OASIS using your Net ID and self-assigned password, then click on the Student menu and select Apply for Graduation.
  7. Electronic Thesis (ETD) Registration - Complete this Graduate School online form early in the semester in which you plan to graduate, refer to the ETD resource center for deadlines.
  8. Request for Master's Thesis Defense Form* - Submit completed form to CMS Academic Affairs office two weeks before your defense.
  9. Thesis Defense Announcement
  10. Thesis Defense Announcement - with CoMajor - Email a copy of your announcement to CMS Academic Affairs office to Brittany Sheehy two weeks before your defense.
  11. Successful Defense of Master's Thesis Form* - Print a copy and bring to your defense, return signed form to CMS Academic Affairs office directly after successful defense.
  12. Thesis Defense - SACS Evaluation Form* - Distribute to each committee member before your defense, return completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office directly after successful defense.
  13. Thesis (written) SACS Evaluation Form* - Distribute to each committee member before your defense, return completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office.
  14. Electronic Thesis - Final Submission Forms. * NOTE: Our college has a special arrangement with the Graduate School so you do NOT have to drive to Tampa to submit your forms, instead you will deliver all signed documents directly to Brittany Sheehy on or before the posted deadline by 3pm. The final submission process involves uploading your final written thesis to the Proquest website, completing surveys, and hand delivering paper forms in person to Brittany Sheehy. Please review the Master's ETD Submission Benchmarks and Checklists for complete details and ETD deadlines.
  • Certificate of Approval Form * - Requires signatures of all of your committee members and Dr. David Naar. Refer to the ETD website for deadlines. Submit signed forms directly to Brittany Sheehy.
  • USF Proquest (online upload website) - Register and upload your completed thesis in .pdf format to the USF ProQuest website for review and approval by the USF Graduate School ETD Office.

* Multiple signatures of approval are required to complete these forms: Advisor, Committee Members, Academic Affairs Director.

 

III. Ph.D. Program Forms - For Current Students

General

  1. All Graduate School Office Forms
  2. PhD Program Checklist - Extracted from the student handbook, use a guide the throughout your doctoral program.
  3. Progress Report for PhD Students

 

Course Related

  1. PhD Course Requirements Waiver Request / CMS Core Class Waiver Request - Use to document courses from a completed master's degree approved to be counted towards the CMS Ph.D. course requirements, this form is to be completed as early as possible after admission. Note: Courses from Non-Degree or incomplete degrees should be documented using the Graduate Transfer Course Form.
  2. Graduate School Petition * - Use to adjust registration after the drop/add deadline, submit to the CMS Academic Affairs office for processing.

 

Dissertation Related

  1. Dissertation Proposal - SACS Evaluation Form* - Distribute to each of your committee members during your dissertation proposal, submit completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office directly after thesis proposal, target: year 2.
  2. Committee Appointment * - Use to officially form your committee, submit completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office, target: year 2.
  3. Change of Committee * - Use to make changes to your committee.
  4. PhD Comprehensive Exam - SACS Evaluation Form* - Distribute to each committee member before your exam, return completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office directly after the comprehensive exam.
  5. Admission to Doctoral Candidacy Form* - Submit to the CMS Academic Affairs office for processing directly after completion of all comprehensive exams and other program requirements, once approved you will be able to register for dissertation credits.
  6. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Resource Center - Review the Graduate School ETD website one semester before graduation.
  7. Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Workshop(REQUIRED) - Attend an ETD workshop one semester before graduation or complete online assessment.
  8. Application to Graduate Form - Students who plan to graduate must complete and submit their Graduation Application online. Please give yourself an earlier deadline to address any potential obstacles. When you are ready to begin the survey and apply, login into OASIS using your Net ID and self-assigned password, then click on the Student menu and select Apply for Graduation.
  9. Electronic Dissertation (ETD) Registration - Complete this Graduate School online form early in the semester in which you plan to graduate, refer to the ETD resource center for deadlines.
  10. Request for Dissertation Defense* - Submit completed form to CMS Academic Affairs office two weeks before your defense.
  11. Dissertation Defense Announcement
  12. Dissertation Defense Announcement - with CoMajor - Email a copy of your announcement to CMS Academic Affairs office to David Naar two weeks before your defense.
  13. Successful Defense of Ph.D. Dissertation * - Submit completed form without signatures to CMS Academic Affairs office two weeks before your defense. This form will be mailed to your outside chairperson and the final signed copy will be submitted by your outside chairperson after your defense.
  14. Dissertation Defense - SACS Evaluations Form * - Distribute to each committee member before your defense, return completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office directly after successful defense.
  15. Dissertation (written) - SACS Evaluation Form * - Distribute to each committee member before your defense, return completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office.
  16. Electronic Thesis - Final Submission Forms* NOTE: Our college has a special arrangement with the Graduate School so you do NOT have to drive to Tampa to submit your forms, instead you will deliver all signed documents directly to Brittany Sheehy on or before the posted deadline by 3pm. The final submission process involves uploading your final written thesis to the Proquest website, completing surveys, and hand delivering paper forms in person to the Brittany Sheehy. Please review the Doctoral ETD Submission Benchmarks and Checklists for complete details and ETD deadlines.
  • Certificate of Approval Form * - Requires signatures of all of your committee members and Dr. David Naar. Refer to the ETD website for deadlines. Submit signed forms directly to Brittany Sheehy.
  • NORC Survey - Register to complete the online. Print the Certificate of Completion page, and submit to the Brittany Sheehy along with the other forms mentioned previously.
  • USF Proquest - Register and upload your completed thesis in .pdf format to the USF ProQuest website for review and approval by the USF Graduate School ETD Office.

* Multiple signatures of approval are required to complete these forms: Advisor, Committee Members, Academic Affairs Director.

 

IV. Faculty

General

  1. All Graduate School Office Forms

Course Related

  1. Course Schedule Request Form - Use to reqeust a course to be added to the schedule of courses.
  2. Course Evaluations Database - Also known as Student Assessment of Instruction.
  3. Incomplete Grade Contract Policies

Thesis and Dissertation Related * - See Master's and PhD sections above for all related forms

  1. Admission to Doctoral Candidacy Form* - Submit to the CMS Academic Affairs office for processing directly after completion of all comprehensive exams and other program requirements, once approved you will be able to register for dissertation credits.
  2. SACS Student Assessment Outcome Forms:
  • Thesis Proposal - Due: to be completed by each committee directly after thesis proposal.
  • Thesis Defense - Due: to be completed by each committee directly after defense.
  • Thesis (written) - Due: to be completed by each committee directly after final thesis is approved.
  • Dissertation Proposal - Due: to be completed by each committee member directly after proposal.
  • PhD Comps - Due: to be completed by each committe member directly after the comprehensive exam.
  • Dissertation Defense - Due: to be completed by each committee member directly after defense.
  • Dissertation (written) - Due: to be completed by each committee member directly after final dissertation is approved.
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Overview

We offer MS and PhD degrees and are committed to providing one of the highest quality graduate programs in the country. At the same time we are always looking for opportunities to enhance the undergraduate mission of the university. We have a strong Education and Outreach program that reaches many secondary school age children in our region. We are also looking to expand certificate opportunities for working professionals in our area and beyond.

View our Degree Programs and Curriculum

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Admissions

 

Graduate Program Admissions

We recruit graduate students from our region, across our nation and around the world. We are committed to maintaining a diverse and highly qualified graduate student population and enabling their success. Our program is a mentored one in which students work closely with their faculty advisors as apprentices. This is demanding of our faculty members' time, but upon graduation our students are fully prepared for a successful entry into our field. For questions regarding the application process, please visit our FAQ page or email marinesciences@usf.edu.

 

Who is Welcome at CMS?

We welcome anyone who has a passion for the oceans and for science, who values different perspectives, and who cherishes the opportunity to think critically and promote dialogue about the knowledge we create and disseminate. Regardless of what you look like, what you believe, or where you come from, we want to include you in our college if this description fits you.

 

Important Deadlines

Fall Admissions Priority Deadline: January 10th

Fall Admissions Final Deadline: January 15th

Spring Admissions Final Deadline: October 1st  

International Student Fall Admissions Deadline: January 2nd

International Student Spring Admissions Deadline: June 1st

 

How to Apply

The following materials must be received by the final deadline in order for the application to be considered complete. For the best opportunity to receive funding from the College, please apply by the Priority Deadline.

 

Submit Online Application

Complete the Online Application (https://secure.vzcollegeapp.com/usf/default.aspx). There is a $30.00 application fee required. The fee must be paid before your application can be seen by the Admissions Committee. A fee waiver may be requested if you qualify by being part of one of the programs listed on the fee waiver request form (http://www.usf.edu/admissions/documents/app-fee-waiver.pdf ). Please email the waiver form directly to marinescience@usf.edu, if you qualify. Please note that the College of Marine Science is part of USF Tampa and not part of USF St. Petersburg even though we are located in St. Petersburg. You must select the Tampa campus for apply for our degree programs.

 

Research Interest Essay

Use this linked MS Word template to create your essay and upload it in the “Essay” section of the Admissions Application.

 

Resume or CV

Upload your most current resume or CV in the “Resume” section of the Admissions Application

 

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from all institutions of higher learning that you attended must be uploaded in your Admissions Application. Once you have been admitted to the College, you will need to send your final, official transcripts to the Office of Admissions before registering for classes. If you have attended USF as a degree-seeking student, you do not have to submit your USF transcript.

Mail all transcripts to:

Office of Admissions

4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036

Tampa, FL 33620, USA 

 

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to provide three letters of recommendation as part of the admissions application. The applicant will be asked to enter in the contact information of each recommender as part of the Admissions Application. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to the recommendation upload site. At this site, the recommender can then type in the recommendation letter or attached a .doc or .pdf file. Alternatively, recommendation letters can also be emailed directly to marinescience@usf.edu. The letters should address the “Admissions Committee.” It is preferred to have letters printed on university or company letterhead in .pdf format, attached and email from a professional email address if applicable.

 

Graduate Record Exam Scores (GRE-verbal/quantitative)

The GRE is a standardized test that measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study. Contact ETS at www.ets.org to find a testing location and have your scores sent electronically from ETS to USF. The institution code for USF is 5828. The competitive minimum scores are as follows:

Verbal = 153 and Quantitative = 148. For the MRA concentration the minimum preferred scores are Verbal = 156 and Quantitative = 155.

 

TOEFL exam scores (For non-native English speakers)

Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States mist also submit TOEFL scores earned within two years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 in the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied with no exceptions. Contact ETS at www.ets.org to find a testing location and have your scores sent electronically from ETS to USF. The institution code for USF is 5828. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:

  • Has scored 153 or higher on the GRE verbal test
  • Has earned a college degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning
  • Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English (must be noted on the transcript)
  • Has scored a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

 

International Applicants                 

Upload the Financial Support Requirements Form to the online application. This form is available on the Admissions Application. You may also visit the USF Graduate Admissions website for more helpful information for international applicants. All international transcripts must be in English; it is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign transcripts translated and evaluated before submitting them as part of their graduate application. Please visit the Foreign Transcript Evaluations Services Listing of evaluators.

 

Visiting the College of Marine Science                      

Please contact marinescience@usf.edu to schedule a visit to the College of Marine Science. General admissions advising can take place as well as a tour of the College and the adjacent USF St. Petersburg campus. Please note that the tours do not include visits to the laboratories or meetings with individual faculty members. These meetings should be set-up by directly contacting the faculty member of interest.

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Student Funding

USF College of Marine Science 2016 Fellowships

Student Funding

Our college has a variety of fellowships and assistantships specifically for new incoming students which typically fund 70-90% of our new students. All new applicants are automatically considered for first year college funding. On average, the pay for master's students is $21,000 and $23,000 for PhD students annually (fall, spring, summer). Fellowships and Assistantships normally include a tuition waiver or payment (covering approximately 80-100% of your total tuition expenses) and subsidized health insurance premiums.  

 

Graduate Assistantships

There are a number of Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantship positions available to new and current students. Please review our Graduate Assistantships web page for more details:

Graduate Assistantships

 

Fellowships

The University of South Florida has Fellowships that incoming students can apply for during their senior year of undergraduate study. Information regarding these Fellowships can be found here (http://www.grad.usf.edu/scholarships.php).  Incoming and existing students may also apply for the College of Marine Science Endowed Fellowships in January.  Information regarding these fellowships can be found here:(CMS Endowed Fellowships).  In addition, the top four students entering the College of Marine Science, are awarded four endowed Von Rosenstiel Fellowships, which provides a full year of stipends, tuition waivers, and a $2000 expense account to assist with their educational/research expenses.  Additional details regarding funding and application deadlines, including underrepresented minority funding from NSF, the McKnight Foundation (deadline January 15), and the Sloan Foundation, can be obtained by sending an email to: marinescience@usf.edu.

 

Federal Financial Aid

Information about Federal and State sponsored student loans can be obtained from the
Financial Aid Services department on the Tampa campus (Phone:813-974-4700 ). Please review the following web page for more details:

Financial Aid Services Department

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Program Faculty

Our faculty members are much more than researchers and teachers. We provide expert guidance at all levels, local to global, in our areas of expertise. We advise decision makers on ocean-related issues from fisheries management to sea level rise flooding risks to ocean acidification impacts on coral reefs. We are involved in setting the research agenda at every level. We are very proud of the good citizenship demonstrated by our faculty members.

 

Faculty Directory: http://www.marine.usf.edu/faculty/find-faculty

Faculty Publications: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/msc_facpub/

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Degree Programs and Curriculum

We offer Masters and PhD degrees and are committed to providing one of the highest quality graduate programs in the country. At the same time we are always looking for opportunities to enhance the undergraduate mission of the university. We have a strong Education and Outreach program that reaches many secondary school age children in our region. We are also looking to expand certificate opportunities for working professionals in our area and beyond.

Oceanography, the study of all aspects of the oceans, is a very complex discipline, and many terms have been applied to describe its components. Marine Science is considered a synonym for Oceanography, and so our college is called the USF College of Marine Science, or CMS.

The fundamental concepts of Oceanography have been divided into four groups that, taken together, apply to or cover all of the major processes within the oceans. Not surprisingly, the four groups are aligned with four major academic sciences: physics, chemistry, biology, and geology. The concentration in Marine Resource Assessment focuses on biology and aspects of the other three sciences.

Master of Science (M.S) in Marine Science

Doctoral Degree (Ph. D.) in Marine Science

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Student Assistance Resources

 

University Police

USFSP: http://www.usfsp.edu/university-police-department/

USF TAMPA: http://www.usf.edu/administrative-services/university-police/

 

Counseling Center

Counseling and psychological services. https://www.usfsp.edu/wellness/counseling/

 

Student Health Services

Wellness Center at USFSP: https://www.usfsp.edu/wellness/health/ S

Student Health Services USF Tampa: http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/student-health-services/

 

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

Report violations of the Student Code of Conduct. http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/student-rights-responsibilities/index.aspx

 

Students of Concern Assistance Team (SOCAT)

Students, faculty, or staff can make a referral to SOCAT anonymously. A case manager will reach out to students to offer assistance, to help coordinate referrals to campus and community resources, and to develop an Action Plan for student success. http://studentsofconcern.usf.edu/referral.htm

 

Students with Disabilities Services/ADA Resources

Students must complete the online Application for Accommodations and supply supporting medical documentation. http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/student-disabilities-services/accommodations/index.aspx

 

Veteran Services

Resources for student veterans. http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/veterans/

 

Center for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention

Supporting victims and survivors of Crime, Violence, and Abuse. A crime victim advocate is available. http://www.sa.usf.edu/advocacy/page.asp?id=72

 

Title IX Complaint

Sexual violence, sexual harassment or gender discrimination – How to file a Title IX Complaint. http://www.usf.edu/diversity/title-ix/how-to-file-a-title-ix-complaint-form.aspx

 

Student Ombuds Office

Neutral third party who helps students address problems. http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/ombuds/we-do/index.aspx

 

USF Student Tax Document Explanation

Adam Isa, Fiscal and Business Analyst, aisa@usf.edu or 813-974-6049 

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Overview

Who is welcome at CMS?

We welcome anyone who has a passion for the oceans and for science, who values different perspectives, and who cherishes the opportunity to think critically and promote dialogue about the knowledge we create and disseminate. Regardless of what you look like, what you believe, or where you come from, we want to include you in our college if this description fits you.

 

Currently the USF College of Marine Science has 32 MS students and 71 PhD students.

 

Helpful Links

USFSP Multicultural Affairs

https://www.usfsp.edu/multicultural/

USF Student organizations

http://www.usf.edu/admissions/international/yourcountry/the-americas/student-organizations.aspx

 

Cultural Celebrations in St. Petersburg

MLK National Parade and Fun Day

http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/events-calendar/mlk-national-parade-family-fun-day/3487

Pride Weekend

https://www.stpetepride.com/en

Saturday Morning Market

http://saturdaymorningmarket.com

Murals in St. Petersburg

http://shineonstpete.com

St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, Inc.

http://www.spiffs.org/2017-fair.html

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Our Plan

The College of Marine Science is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse student body, and to competing for the most highly qualified applicants in the country. We are already doing an excellent job in this area, and we will continue this success into the future. The percentage of under-represented minorities (URM) in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is low compared to society (>30%). For ocean sciences, the percentage is even lower than other STEM fields. According to the National Science Foundation and the Consortium of Ocean Leadership surveys, underrepresented graduate student minorities (Hispanic, Black, Native American/Pac Islander) in ocean sciences is about 9% +/- 5%. Over the past fifteen years, our College has grown its diversity from ~2% to ~15% on average. In 2013, seven out of 14 PhD degrees awarded in our College were to URM students. Although that was an exceptional year, our goal is to grow our diversity as much as qualified applicant pool allows for (target of 19% by 2021). This effort will insure that our students are prepared for success in a diverse workplace environment.

USF Diversity Statement: http://www.usf.edu/diversity/diversity-inclusion/index.aspx

Diversity Lecture Series: http://www.usf.edu/diversity/diversity-inclusion/diversity-lecture-series.aspx

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Our Commitment

We are committed to producing outstanding marine scientists, who are well-prepared for positions in academe, industry, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations at local to international levels. We are committed to generate highly competitive MS and PhD students prepared for employment and leadership positions in ocean sciences. We are also committed to increase engagement with underrepresented students.

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Diversity News

CMS kicked off the New Year, with diversity workshop hosted by USF-SP Office of Multicultural Affairs, Wendy Yu and Javier Gonzales. The workshop gave an overview of the ten most salient identities: ability, age, ethnicity, race, national origin, faith, sex, gender, sexual orientation, and socio economic status. We learned how each generates multiple sources of privilege and oppression for people.

We also acquired language to explore our own salient identities. Finally, we explored how individuals' multiple identities intersect to create a whole that is different from the component identities (i.e. Intersectionality). This workshop is step toward providing a more inclusive environment at CMS and it has made CMS more resilient.

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Dean's Update

The College of Marine Science is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse student body, including people from different cultures, races, ages, sexual orientations, genders, and abilities. We are already doing an excellent job in this area, and we will continue this success into the future. The percentage of under-represented minorities (URM) in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is low compared to URMs in society (>30%). For ocean sciences, the percentage is even lower than other STEM fields. According to the National Science Foundation and the Consortium of Ocean Leadership surveys, underrepresented graduate student minorities (Hispanic, Black, Native American/Pac Islander) in ocean sciences is about 9% ± 5%.

Over the past fifteen years, our College has grown its diversity from ~2% to ~15% on average. In 2017, five out of ten PhD degrees awarded in our College were to URM students. Additionally, six out of 16 degrees awarded in our College were to URM students. Although this was an exceptional year, our goal is to grow our diversity as much as qualified applicant pool allows for (target of 19% by 2021). This effort will insure that our students are prepared for success in a diverse workplace environment.



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Jonathan Sharp

Jonathan Sharp

About my research:

I am studying marine chemistry in Dr. Robert Byrne’s CO2 Sensors Lab. My research mainly focuses on the dynamics of the carbon dioxide system in seawater. I am interested in refining the methodology used for direct spectrophotometric measurement of carbonate ion concentration. This includes algorithm development and determination of temperature effects. As human carbon emissions continue to lower both the pH and the carbonate concentration of our oceans, this work will enhance our ability to quickly and accurately assess the health of marine ecosystems.

I’m also involved with instrument development; creating and testing novel ways to measure carbon dioxide system parameters in seawater. I am currently working on a compact instrument that will simultaneously measure pH, dissolved inorganic carbon, and total alkalinity with minimal operator input.

I enjoy research cruises as well. I recently participated in the 2016 West Coast Ocean Acidification Cruise, measuring pH and carbonate concentration during a month-long journey up the west coast of North America. I am looking forward to even more time at sea in the future.

Why USFCMS?

The College of Marine Science is a fantastic community of intelligent, friendly, and ambitious people. The relationship between students, professors, and administrators is impressive and has really enriched my graduate school experience thus far. On top of all that, the St. Petersburg area “suffers” from an infestation of marine scientists. This is great when it comes to both formal research collaboration and informal sharing of ideas.

The research that comes out of CMS labs is first-rate, and the community conducting that research is so much fun to be a part of. I consider myself very fortunate to be a student at one of the foremost marine science research institutions in the country.

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Susan Snyder

Susan Snyder

About my research:

My research with Dr. Steve Murawski aims to understand exposure and accumulation of toxic oil-related compounds in fish following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout. We focus on the bottom-dwelling and commercially important species, such as red snapper and golden tilefish. We quantify the toxic components of oil, known as the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), in different fish samples including bile (to tell us about short-term exposure), and muscle and liver (to tell us about long-term accumulation). We relate these chemical body burdens to sublethal effects in the fish, including liver cancer, immunosuppression and reduced growth. Our goal is to understand the extent of exposure to oil following the Deepwater Horizon blowout, and any health effects caused by exposure. We have extended our studies to the southern Gulf of Mexico where a similar oil-well blowout occurred offshore of Mexico in 1979. Our goal is to generate a gulf-wide baseline for contaminants and fish disease.

Why USFCMS?

My research is part of the Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE) group, centered here at the College of Marine Science lead by PI Dr. Steve Murawski. I am very fortunate to be a part of C-IMAGE research because it links my research with hundreds of other scientists locally and globally studying the Deepwater Horizon blowout and the Gulf of Mexico. Many of these scientists are here at the College of Marine Science, including faculty, scientific researchers and graduate students spanning fields of Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Physics, allowing our research to be very interdisciplinary. I chose to come to the College of Marine Science because I was excited about the research going on through C-IMAGE, specifically with Dr. Steve Murawski.

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Kelly Vasbinder

Kelly Vasbinder

About my research:

I work in the Fisheries and Ecosystem Ecology Lab, and my advisor is Dr. Cameron Ainsworth. The focus of our lab is ecosystem modeling, and I will be working in an Atlantis model for the Gulf of Mexico. My research investigates how assumptions on larval transport affect spatial stock assessment and ecosystem models. I’m working on mapping the dispersal of the larvae of commercial and recreational fish species in the Gulf of Mexico in order to investigate placement sites for Marine Protected Areas. This research can help to determine where and how to best protect their young. It is immediately relevant to our local ecosystem, and will provide information that can help us to better understand the movements of larvae. I’m currently working on using statistical models to determine the probability of finding fish larvae of different species at different depths, which will allow me to build and expand on previous work on larval trajectories by adding larval depth as a consideration.

Why USFCMS?

The research atmosphere here at USF College of Marine Science is exceptionally cooperative. I’m able to ask people from many different scientific backgrounds for input or advice on my project, and have the opportunity to collaborate with people outside of my field. USF provides a unique opportunity for me, a student in the Marine Resource Assessment program, to work with both biological and physical oceanographers to build the best model possible. USF is also situated near multiple government agencies and marine science institutes, which gives students the opportunity to collaborate with scientists at these agencies and to attend workshops and events there. For me, this means that I’ve been able to attend a stock assessment workshop nearby and learn skills that I will continue using into my career. Finally, I chose USF because I have a personal connection here. When I was 14, I attended USF’s Oceanography Camp for Girls, which gives girls the chance to experience what it’s like to be a marine scientist in many different disciplines by working with USF Graduate students in the lab and in the field, including on a one day research cruise on a USF vessel! I decided that summer that I wanted to be in marine science, and it’s been amazing to see that dream come full circle and as I came back to work and study here at USF CMS as a PhD student.

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Julie Vecchio

Julie Vecchio

About my research:

I use natural tags to study the movements and food habits of economically important reef fish species throughout the Gulf of Mexico. I am using the stable isotope signature of various fish tissues, including eye lenses, muscle, and liver to investigate movement and diet patterns of groupers, snappers, and other reef-associated fishes at varying timescales. Comparing the stable isotope signature of the muscle and liver from a single individual shows the short-term movement (1-3 months) of that individual. Studying the stable isotope signature of the eye lenses of individual fish gives a pattern of trophic level and movement for that individual over the entire lifespan of the fish. I am combining these techniques to understand the short-term and long-term movements and food habits of several important reef fish species on the West Florida Shelf and across the entire Gulf of Mexico.

Why USFCMS?

The USF College of Marine Science is an excellent inter-disciplinary oceanography program. In addition, there are numerous state and federal-level resources available in the immediate vicinity, especially for the MRA program. As an MRA student, I can get samples or advice from FWRI, NOAA, and USGS without even leaving downtown St. Petersburg. It's an extremely integrated community.

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Kristine Clark

Kris Clark

About my research:

Kris Clark is a graduate student at USF's College of Marine Science and DEEPEND research assistant in Dr. Heather Judkins' lab. She plans to obtain her Master's Degree in Biological Oceanography. Her master's thesis is focused on pelagic marine heteropoda vertical distribution and eye diameter size correlations in the water column and examining population genetics. As a research assistant to Dr. Heather Judkins at USFSP, her role focuses on the genomic and morphological identification of various cephalopoda. Kris is a life long ocean enthusiast which compliments her work with DEEPEND and her educational pursuits.

Why USFCMS?

USF-CMS was enabled me the opportunity to couple biological science and microbiology to further my research as a graduate student. The faculty advisors were a major attraction for me to this program for the mentorship I greatly wished to work under. The campus in St. Petersburg is beautifully situated right on the bay. USF-CMS gives me confidence in knowing that I will have the education, the support and the facilities to succeed with my research goals.

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