Faculty Spotlight

28
Jul
Don Chambers elected as a Fellow of the AGU

Don Chambers elected as a Fellow of the AGU

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - University of South Florida physical oceanographer Don Chambers,...

08
Jun
Award of Tenure

Award of Tenure

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to Brad Rosenheim and Ernst Peebles.  We have re...

01
Sep
John Paul receives one of the five 2015 Excellence in Innovation Awards for work in 2014

John Paul receives one of the five 2015 Excellence in Innovation Awards for work in 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - At the Annual Luncheon of the USF Chapter of the National Academ...

25
Aug
C-IMAGE Spotlight: Chuanmin Hu

C-IMAGE Spotlight: Chuanmin Hu

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr. Chuanmin Hu and his PhD student Shaojie Sun discuss their C-...

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Christian Gfatter

Christian Gfatter

About my research:

I am interested in symbiotic relationships and the study of foraminifera. These protists are found in a wide range of marine habitats and are often studied to provide insight into evolutionary processes, environmental history, and paleoceanography. Some species of foraminifera have diapause-like responses to hostile conditions such as hypoxia and my research examines the survival limits of algal endosymbiont bearing foraminifera compared to those without algal symbionts. This research will generate valuable data that will help explain prior migration and predict future expansion into marginal environments. I am also interested in analyzing foraminiferal assemblages and developing innovative methods to improve identification, such as utilizing image recognition technology.

Why USFCMS?

I believe in the College of Marine Science's interdisciplinary approach to studies in marine science and it has a diverse group of scientists within the fields of Biological, Chemical, Geological, and Physical Oceanography. All of the professors are very approachable and provide their students the necessary tools to become successful. The college, while having the resources of the greater USF system, is located in an quiet setting within the beautiful City of St. Petersburg which has numerous marine related organizations. For entertainment and recreation, there is a wide range of activities.