Sean Beckwith

Sean Beckwith
Sean Beckwith

Web Content Developer
Education:  M.S. in Marine Science
Concentration:  Geological Oceanography, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida
B.S. in Environmental Science, College of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Florida
Office Phone:  727.553.1138
Email:  stbeckwith@mail.usf.edu

 

A short paragraph or two describing what you do at the college

As a multi-media science communicator, I work with the Adobe Creative suite to produce videos and write articles showcasing current research that is conducted by professors, students, and researchers within the College of Marine Science.  I rely on my background in marine science to create accurate stories that reflect the most important aspects of the research, and I try to frame each story in a way that a general audience can appreciate.  Marine science occurs on ships, underwater, in the laboratory, and on computers through powerful, innovative software.  As I conduct interviews and learn from the researchers themselves, I hope to come away with a synthesis of the core scientific discoveries or improvements and to be able to relay the passion of the individual as I tell their story. 

 

Four Quick Facts About Yourself

  • Enjoy surfing. Wish we had more waves to surf in west Florida. Wish I had time to surf if we had more waves to surf in west Florida.
  • Enjoy trying new beers, and breweries
  • Passion for world history and religion
  • Strong interest in Japanese language and culture

Articles by Sean

REU participants attended a lunch hosted by Sloan UCEM at USF Top of the Palms with Bernard Batson and COE students. (left to right: Richard Rivera, Angel Cedeño, Jenelle DeVry, Tione Grant, and Alexis Peterson)
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USF CMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The USF College of Marine Sciences (CMS) hosted five Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) participants this summer from four minority serving institutions (MSIs): Xavier University of Louisiana, Medgar Evers College, University of Virgin Islands, and Spelman ...
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Dr. Charles 'Chuck' Wilson, Dr. Rita Colwell, Dr. Steven Murawski, and Dr. Margaret Leinen after a productive first day of overviews.
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USF CMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL – April 20th, 2020, will be the 10th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil-well blowout, the lives it took, and the damage inflicted upon the environment. Funding provided through the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), ...
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Dr. Glenn Parsons speaking at the awards ceremony for the 2007 World Wildlife Fund SmartGear Competition for which he received Runner-Up for his work on shrimp trawl bycatch reduction. Photo courtesy of Glenn Parsons.
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Introduction Dr. Glenn R. Parsons, CMS alumnus, Class of 1987, is Professor of biology and Director of the University of Mississippi Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology Advisor at CMS: Dr. John C. Briggs Glenn Parsons earned ...
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The scientists who participated in the 2nd Marine Biodiversity Workshop: from the Sea to the Cloud.
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS PUERTO MORELOS, MEXICO - In sunny Puerto Morelos, on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, 35 experts in marine ecology, satellite-remote sensing and data science gathered for the 2nd Marine Biodiversity Workshop: from the Sea to the Cloud. This activity is a step toward ...
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David Mearns speaks with the Dean of CMS, Dr. Jacqueline Dixon (center), and with Anne Von Rosenstiel (second from right) and family members at the reception preceding the event.
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer, and Kristen Kusek, Science Communication Strategist for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The audience, some 800 strong, that packed the house Tuesday evening at the Mahaffey Theater was treated to David Mearns’ gift of storytelling in addition to his more famous gift of ...
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The first shipwreck found in April 2019 by the C-SCAMP team, this ship is about 35m long, 9m wide, and 10.5m tall from the seafloor. This 3-D view indicates depth using color – red is shallowest, and blue is deepest.
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS GULF OF MEXICO – Ninety miles west of Tampa Bay, the crew and scientists aboard the R/V Hogarth watched a monitor relaying images of seafloor height captured by the multibeam sonar instrument. Matt Hommeyer, who was operating the multibeam at the ...
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A map highlighting calcification potential in coastal waters by showing the effect of riverine calcium on calcium carbonate saturation states.
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The oceans are warming, losing oxygen, and growing more acidic, and this study sheds light on how some coastal areas may have greater immunity to these changes than others. Which ecosystems might persist in spite of climate ...
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Kristen on assignment off the coast of Prince of Wales, Alaska, where she and her team shot a video about sea otters using VR technology for Earthwatch Institute, a global nonprofit based in Boston.
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Kristen Kusek has been to the bottom of the ocean and to the top of the world’s northernmost active volcano. As part of an IMAX film crew shooting a hydrothermal vent site called 9⁰ North, she descended ...
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Professor Robert Weisberg (USFCMS) explains the link between ocean circulation and red tide blooms to a crowded room at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort during the Red Tide Summit.
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS, and Kristen M. Kusek, Science Communication Strategist for USFCMS INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, FL – Harmful algal blooms (HABs), commonly known as red tides, are natural phenomena that have occurred in the Gulf of Mexico throughout human history. Last year’s red tide, ...
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Gravity corer on deck of the drilling platform separated from Subglacial Lake Mercer by a kilometer of ice. Photo Credit: Kathy Kasic, SALSA
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Receiving a cherished, albeit slightly belated Christmas gift, scientists from the USF College of Marine Science (USFCMS) hauled up their first sediment cores on December 31st, 2018, from the bottom of Lake Mercer, a subglacial lake buried ...
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Members of the Seminole High School ‘A team’ review their answers during a break in the action of the Round Robin morning session at the 2019 Spoonbill Bowl.
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Do you have an advanced degree in oceanography? Have you spent a good portion of your life trying to discover the secrets that the sea has to offer? Third question…do you think you could correctly answer all ...
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Chief Scientist, Jay Law, captures this photo as he examines the buoy and mooring line.
Written By Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - To better understand the threats from climate change, scientists recently deployed a newly armed buoy that will help them monitor carbon—a critical piece of the climate change puzzle—along Florida’s west coast without leaving their offices and labs ...
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Dewey Riou III will assist the USF College of Marine Science community with software and hardware related issues, graphical printing, and general IT support
Written By Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dewey Riou III joined the USF College of Marine Science as an IT Support Specialist after working as a Computer System Specialist at FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. His technical skills were born out of a ...
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Boris Galperin, Associate Professor, USF College of Marine Science
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - In the 1970’s and 80’s, commercial aircraft were used to measure wind velocity and temperature in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. From these measurements, atmospheric scientists and forecasters have derived useful information that helped to improve ...
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Young climbers take on the rock wall in the foreground of the Poynter Park Stage at the 2018 St. Petersburg Science Festival
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Chemistry experiments erupted from beakers, critters crawled and slithered, programmed robots marched across a laboratory floor, and dry ice vapor filled the air on Saturday, October 20th, during the 2018 St. Petersburg Science Festival. Held in conjunction ...
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Radiolarian imaged by a Scanning Electron Microscope. (Photo Credit: Tony Greco)
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Anthony M. Greco has mastered the science and the art of electron microscopy, but he has also mastered some other crucial qualities that go along with any scientific discipline: education and outreach. His courses on Transmission and ...
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Author Jack Davis (center) talks with guests before giving a talk on his Pulitzer Prize-winning book. USFCMS professor Steve Murawski (left) waits to ask Dr. Davis a question.
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - As the accomplishments and personal stories of Jack Davis were shared by long-time friend, Melissa Seixas, vice president of government and community relations for the evening’s sponsor, Duke Energy, the crowd that had gathered in the pre-event ...
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Nathaniel B Palmer RVIB arrives at the McMurdo Station dock.
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - For many people living in places like South Florida, it is hard to recognize the importance of Antarctic ice. At first, there doesn’t seem to be much connection between sandy palm trees and vegetation-free white wilderness. But ...
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A USF glider deployed to measure water quality proxies for red tide
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Red tides are extremely disruptive to the environment and to people living and working along the coast. Tools exist to verify the presence of red tide and predict its movements, but continuation of these predictions depends on ...
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Lightning Awareness Week
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Tropical storms have been on the move since May, a little earlier than usual this year, and right now is as good a time as ever to brush up on your lightning safety protocols. As Daniel Noah ...
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Pamela Hallock Muller, Professor - Geological Oceanography
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - From a human perspective, the four most important resources on earth are water, hydrocarbons, building materials, and soils. Foraminifera (tiny shelled organisms) contribute to three of these. Pamela Hallock Muller has studied foraminifera since the mid ‘70s when she was first introduced to them during her ...
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Remote Sensing, a necessary tool for studying biodiversity at effective scales
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - From local to global and micro to macro, the applications of remote sensing are integral to understanding biodiversity across regions and filling the data gaps that exist between them. Dr. Frank Muller Karger and his group at ...
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Amelia Shevenell in Antarctica
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Since she was an undergraduate, Amelia Shevenell has been interested in how ocean and atmospheric temperatures influence Antarctica’s ice sheets in the distant and not-so-distant past. For at least 34 million years, Antarctica has been partially or ...
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Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Marine organisms are affected by increasing temperatures and by declining oxygen and pH levels associated with changes in the global climate. Dr. Brad Seibel and fellow researchers seek to better understand how these changes affect unique as ...
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The Oceanography Camp for Girls - 2017
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Oceanography Camp for Girls, which held its 25th anniversary last year, has just graduated another class of aspiring scientists and environmentally conscious thinkers. The three-week camp teaches girls about science by having them be the scientist ...
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Makenzie Burrows and Ellie Hudson-Heck and Students from the Girls Inc of Pinellas
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Over 30 girls, ages 7 to 9, visited the College of Marine Science to interact with the faculty, researchers, and student scientists on campus. The afterschool program blooms into a full camp during the summer months, touring ...
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Trace metal chemistry: less is more
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - One billion liters of seawater would be required to gather just 25 grams of iron, yet this trace element is essential to every form of life on the planet. A group of scarce but biologically important elements ...
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Port St. Petersburg: Marine Exploration Center
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - In conjunction with a renovated Port Saint Petersburg, the Marine Exploration Center is set to open by the end of this year. As the public face of the St. Pete Ocean Team, the Center will bring awareness ...
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Center for Maritime and Port Studies: Education and skills for safer harbors
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - An estimated 50% of the world’s people live in coastal zones. The sea is the avenue for 90% of the world’s commerce and 95% of U.S. international trade. An expanded use of port facilities will require an ...
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Mya Breitbart & Ernst Peebles of USF College of Marine Science
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Towing a plankton net to scoop up fish eggs may be routine, but determining the species is a different matter altogether. A collaboration of two labs at the College of Marine Science uses a new method to ...
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Blogs posts by Sean

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Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USF CMS The briefing included a weather forecast of mostly clear skies and calm seas—not the deciding factor on my decision to confirm participation on the oceanographic cruise to collect fish eggs across the West Florida Shelf (WFS), but a very nice ...
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By Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USF CMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Leaving Tampa Bay, as the color of the Gulf of Mexico transitioned from brown to green to brilliant blue, I was reminded of what it feels like to be ‘out to sea.’ Senses are awakened by the ...
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Chris Moore making adjustments to the automated, flow-through pH sampler out at the mouth of Tampa Bay.
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Chris Moore, USFCMS student and employee of the USGS, recently completed river 4 of 4 in his dry season water sampling of Tampa Bay rivers as he embarks on a scientific census of sorts to describe the ...
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andrew-thompson-describing-ocean-circulation-around-antarctica-and-fate-of-ice-sheets
Summary by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr. Andrew Thompson from the California Institute of Technology wrapped up the 2019 Eminent Scholars Lecture Series with a fascinating description of the ocean circulation around Antarctica and how it relates to ice sheet melt. The oceans ...
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Summary by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr. Tina van De Flierdt from Imperial College London addressed the crowd gathered at the FWRI Steidinger Auditorium on Friday afternoon with geological evidence of past ocean warming events and chemical techniques for understanding the role of ...
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Many hands make light(er) work. Brent Summers and others lower the heavy “Fish” over the bow of the R/V Angari. Photo Credit: Tim Conway
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Following some smooth sailing and testing of experimental equipment on Day 1, the R/V Angari saw plenty of science in action on Day 2. On the return trip, the scientific crew sampled over 30 stations across ...
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Dr. Peter Morton (FSU) and Brent Summers (USFCMS, Master's student) testing a novel, towed surface sampler that will be used to collect uncontaminated water for trace metal chemistry.
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS WEST END, GRAND BAHAMA - The Southern Gulf Stream has never before been sampled for some of the elements most essential to life--like iron, manganese and zinc--elements present in the ocean in minute amounts and referred to as trace metals. Chartering ...
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Snyder Operates Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Instrument
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS NEW ORLEANS, LA - As a follow-up, or perhaps side story, to the information that I presented from Dr. Isabel Romero’s talk on Wednesday at the GoMOSES conference, the story of the Golden Tilefish adds some depth to the topic of ...
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Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS NEW ORLEANS, LA - Similar to the dramatic decreases in benthic fauna seen after the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill, the deep pelagic zone (depths greater than 200 meters) also experienced heavy losses in fish biomass. At the GoMOSES conference on ...
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Gulf Of Mexico Sediment Core Schwing Romero
Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS NEW ORLEANS, LA -  As a non-"fish person," I have to admit that I sometimes forget about...the fish.   In my own research, I've mostly focused on the chemical compounds in seawater, like CO2, or on corals and shelled organisms, which are ...
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