Graduate Education & Awards
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Ryan Venturelli, a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Brad Rosenheim, will receive a 2018 Graduate Student Research Grant from the Geological Society of America for her research project entitled, “Deconvolving Holocene Hydrologic Variability Along the Florida Keys Reef Tract.”
This research involves the application of coral clumped isotopes to understand changes in temperature, seawater isotopic composition, and salinity along the Florida Keys Reef Tract throughout the last 11,000 years. This information, along with a recently published radiocarbon record from the same corals, will be used to gain an improved understanding of Holocene hydrologic/oceanographic variability in the Straits of Florida, a region that provides an important link between the tropical and high-latitude Atlantic Ocean.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - A student of geological oceanography at the College of Marine Science, Theresa King, was chosen to represent USF at the 5th Annual Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium in Tallahassee on April 20, 2018 for her winning poster entitled “Antarctica in Hot Water: Employing a Suite of Archives and Techniques to Understand the Melting Continent.”
One of two winners in the category for Natural and Physical Sciences at the USF Graduate Student Symposium, Theresa’s poster and presentation focused on the importance of understanding past interactions of warm waters and Antarctic ice shelves in terms of changes in sea level. To meet the challenge of presenting among a broad group of contestants to judges of various disciplines, she decided to include a brief background of where she works and why her research is important. Also, as it is difficult for people living in Florida to sense a connection with changing conditions in Antarctica, she discussed some of the impacts of sea-level rise on low-lying communities like the Tampa Bay area. Making sure to get her point across, Theresa refrained from getting bogged down in specific methods and, instead, explained her results and future work in the context of achieving a better understanding of Antarctic contributions to sea level.
Theresa “really enjoyed being able to talk with other grad students about their research, and it was really interesting to learn about work outside of [the] marine science ‘bubble.’" Beyond the bubble, presentations of the attendees ranged from virtually recreating Medieval Spain to the medicinal properties of deep sea corals.
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ST. PETERSBUFG, FL - USF CMS Ph.D. student, Michelle Guitard, has been invited to join the Shipboard Scientific Party of International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 382 to the Scotia Sea, in the Atlantic Sector of the Southern Ocean. This 2-month expedition (March-May, 2019), led by co-chief scientists Prof. Maureen Raymo (LDEO) and Dr. Michael Weber (Cologne), will recover sediment sequences that contain records of Antarctic Ice Sheet evolution and ocean circulation changes since the middle Miocene, 14 million years ago.
Guitard will sail on the JOIDES Resolution as a Physical Properties specialist. Post-expedition, Guitard intends to generate ocean temperature records from sites north and south of the Polar front to understand the role of ocean heat on Antarctic ice sheet dynamics during the mid-Pleistocene transition, ~1 million years ago.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Graduate students, Marcy Cockrell, Kate Dubickas, Megan Hepner, Alex Ilich, and Matt McCarthy, published an article in Fisheries encouraging scientists and science-minded citizens to participate in science advocacy. This article came out of their collective advocacy, communication, and policy experiences, largely spurred by the Ocean Policy class taught right here at CMS. Their experiences, and this subsequent article, would not have been possible without support from Dean Dixon, Dr. Frank Muller-Karger, and Dr. Mark Luther.
The article highlights not only the importance of science communication and advocacy but also guidelines to help graduate students and early career scientists seek opportunities to promote scientifically-informed policy.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Master's student, Kate Dubickas, was featured in the latest student newsletter from The Oceanography Society. Each month, a student member of The Oceanography Society is selected to share a short "spotlight" piece related to their experiences as a graduate student. Ms. Dubickas's piece was poignant and resonated with many graduate students who have had similar learning experiences along their graduate school journeys.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Master's students, Kate Dubickas and Alexander Ilich, wrote a piece titled, "Becoming an Ocean Advocate through Experiential Learning", published in Oceanography Volume 30 Issue 04. The short expose focuses on their time and experiences during Dr. Frank Muller-Karger and Dr. Mark Luther's Ocean Policy class in the Spring of 2016. Examples range from implementing change locally, such as was done after meeting with Mayor Kriseman, and nationally by elected officials on Capitol Hill. This is a huge interdisciplinary accomplishment from some of CMS's very own budding ocean scientists.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Alexander Ilich has been selected to receive one of the inaugural 2018 Florida Sea Grant Newell Scholarships. This scholarship provides $1,000 in support of travel to a scientific conference so that Alexander can present his research results and network with colleagues.
ROSS SEA, ANTARCTICA - PhD student Imogen Browne is currently aboard the JOIDES Resolution (JR) with the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 374. in Antarctica. Imogen Browne is a Fulbright student from New Zealand doing her Ph.D. in Marine Science at the University of South Florida. Get an up-close look at this fascinating two-month expedition to research 20 million years of ice sheet history.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Natalie Sawaya, a PhD student in the Breitbart lab at the USF College of Marine Science was selected for the Best Early Career Scientist presentation at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) conference for her talk about using environmental DNA to decode marine biodiversity in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to all the 2017-2018 Fellowships and Awards recipients. Listed below are the students and the Fellowships/Awards that they received.
2017-2018 Fellowship Recipients
Renate E. Bernstein Outstanding Authorship Award - Brittany Leigh, PhD Candidate
Renate E. Bernstein Outstanding Authorship Award - Mengqiu Wang, PhD Candidate
David K. Costello Award for Interdisciplinary Engineering - Anthony Greco
Sackett Prize for Innovative Research Fund - Erin Symonds, PhD 2017
William and Elsie Knight Endowed Fellowship Fund for Marine Science - Imogen Mireille Browne, PhD Student
William and Elsie Knight Endowed Fellowship Fund for Marine Science - Alexandeer Ilich, PhD Student
Bridge to the Doctorate Endowed Graduate Fellowship - Loraine Martell-Bonet, PhD Student
St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership Fellowship in Coastal Science - Gabriel A. Browning, PhD Student
Garrels Memorial Fellowship in Marine Science Marcy L. Cockrell, PhD Candidate
Paul Getting Endowed Memorial Fellowship in Marine Science - Katelyn Schockman, MS Student
Jack and Katharine Ann Lake Fellowship in Marine Science - Ryan Venturelli, PhD Student
Young Fellowship Program Fund - Dana M. Nieuwkerk, PhD Student
Gulf Oceanographic Charitable Trust Fellowships Endowment - Shannon Burns, MS Student
Gulf Oceanographic Charitable Trust Fellowships Endowment - Natalie A. Sawaya, PhD Student
William T. Hogarth Fellowship in Marine Mammals - Greta Helmueller, MS Student
George Lorton Fellowship in Marine Science - Alexandria Creasy, MS Student
George Lorton Fellowship in Marine Science - Meaghan E. Faletti, MS Student
George Lorton Fellowship in Marine Science - Elizabeth S. Herdter, PhD Candidate
Oceanography Camp for Girls Fellowship - Makenna Martin, MS Student
Tampa Bay Parrot Head Fellowship in Marine Science - Shuangling Chen, PhD Candidate
Thomas E. Pyle Memorial Fellowship in Marine Science - Michelle E. Guitard, PhD Student
Carl Riggs Fellowship in Marine Science - Theresa King, PhD Student
Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club / Mary and Al Bridell Memorial Fellowship - Travis Mellett, PhD Student
Linton Tibbetts Endowed Graduate Student Fellowship - Chelsea C. Bonnain, PhD Student
Anne and Werner Von Rosenstiel Fellowship in Marine Science - Garrett L. Miller, MS Student
Anne and Werner Von Rosenstiel Fellowship in Marine Science - Luis Sorinas Morales, PhD Student
Anne and Werner Von Rosenstiel Fellowship in Marine Science - Catherine Prunella, MS Student
Anne and Werner Von Rosenstiel Fellowship in Marine Science - Brent Summers, PhD Student
Wells Fargo Fellowship in Marine Science - Adrienne Hollister, MS Student
Mahaffey Family Graduate Fellowship in Marine Science - Brittany Leigh, PhD Candidate
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Board of Directors of the Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research has selected Makenna Martin's thesis project on Investigating the Microbial Associations of Symbiont-Bearing Foraminifera on Florida’s Reefs for a fully funded 2017 Joseph A. Cushman Award. Congratulations to Makenna!
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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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.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Oceanography Camp for Girls Fellowship provides support for full-time and part-time female graduate students in the College of Marine Science who participate as educators (science mentors) in the Oceanography Camp for Girls. Recipients of this fellowship will participate in Pre-program, during program and Post-program activities.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research has announced the Graduate Student Awards for 2016 and once again two of our CMS students are among the international list of awardees. http://www.cushmanfoundation.org/index.php
2016 Johanna M. Resig Foraminiferal Research Fellowship
Elizabeth Brown, “Morphological variability in the Globigerinoides ruber-elongatus plexus and its implications.” University of South Florida, USA.
2016 Loeblich and Tappan Student Research Award
Kara Vadman, "Mg/Ca-temperature calibration and reconstruction of bottom water paleotemperatures on the Sabrina Coast, East Antarctica using benthic foraminifer Trifarina angulosa." University of South Florida, USA.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to Shaojie Sun. Shaojie will receive a NASA fellowship to continue his research in oil spill remote sensing. As in the past the selection, it was very competitive. Out of 425 applications only 73 were selected.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Erin Symonds, a PhD student studying microbial water quality in Dr. Mya Breitbart's laboratory at the USF College of Marine Science has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Raymond W. Sarber Award from the American Society of Microbiology. Erin will be presented with this prestigious award for microbiology research excellence and potential at an awards ceremony at the ASM Microbe 2016 meeting in Boston, MA in June.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Ileana Freytes Ortiz, a PhD candidate, was selected as one of two recipients of the USGS NWCSC MOSS Fellowship in Science Communication (United States Geological Survey, Northwest Climate Science Center, McCall Outdoor Science School) . This one-year immersive program in climate-related science communication will involve a guided study and mentored practice. The program is focused on experiential and placed-based learning at the McCall Outdoor Science School through the University of Idaho. It will include targeted graduate coursework in science communication, place-based education, leadership, and ecology. She will be mentoring MS-level graduate student teachers and K-12 students as a field instructor and guest scientist. She will also assist in the planning and implementation of the 2017 USGS Climate Science Boot Camp for early career professionals and graduate students from the University of Idaho, University of Washington, and Oregon State University, federal and state agencies, northwest region Native American tribes, and non-profit organizations. Ileana is obtaining an interdisciplinary degree involving Marine Science with Educational Outreach under the guidance of Dr. Chris Stallings.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Three USF College of Marine Science graduate students have been recognized by the National Science Foundation's 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Kara Vadman, a geological oceanography graduate student in Amelia Shevenell's lab, and Jonathan Sharp, a chemical oceanography student in Dr. Bob Byrne's lab, received the prestigious 3-year NSF fellowships and Amanda Sosnowski, a biological oceanographer in Heather Judkins' and Mya Breitbart's labs earned an honorable mention. The highly competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based graduate degrees.
"What is your research topic on, Kara Vadman?"
"My research seeks to advance our understanding of Earth’s climate system by unraveling dynamic ice-ocean interactions that take place on the East Antarctic margin. I am conducting a paleoceanographic study of bottom water temperatures proximal to the marine terminating Totten Glacier-Moscow University Ice Shelf System using foraminifera geochemistry from a suite of marine sediment cores. The microfossils provide a record of oceanographic change over the past several thousand years. This project will enable us to determine the role that warm water masses have on ice sheet stability, which is immediately relevant to concerns that ongoing warming is destabilizing Antarctica’s ice sheets, resulting in global sea level rise."
"What is your research topic on, Jonathan Sharp?"
"I am a student in Robert Byrne's lab studying the marine carbonate system. I am investigating the influence of particulate organic matter on the titration alkalinity of seawater. I am also working on developing novel in situ sensors to measure carbonate system parameters. I'll be sailing on the 2016 West Coast Ocean Acidification Cruise in May to gather important water chemistry data and to broaden my scientific perspectives."
"What is your research topic on, Amanda Sosnowski?"
My Master’s research is focused on intraspecies variation and population connectivity in deep-sea cephalopods, as well as linking taxonomic diagnoses with DNA barcodes. My main research objectives include: determining genetic diversity in deep-sea cephalopods at the species level, determining genetic connectivity in deep-sea cephalopods at the regional level across different stations in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), and determining genetic connectivity in deep-sea cephalopods at the population level across disjunct basins separated by the Florida Peninsula (GoM and Northwest Atlantic Ocean). By studying the genetic diversity and population connectivity in deep-sea cephalopods, my research will lend a fuller picture to the amount of gene flow amongst cephalopod species in the GoM and Northwest Atlantic Ocean. It is imperative to understand the gene pool and genetic exchange of deep-sea cephalopods to determine if demographic independence exists among populations, and subsequently, assess their vulnerability to impact and recovery after disturbance.
Congratulations to Kara, Jonathan, and Amanda!
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The 2015 University of South Florida College of Marine Science Graduate Student Fellowship Award Luncheon took place on October 9, 2015 at the Staybridge Suites in St. Petersburg, Fl. The college celebrated the excellence of their graduate students through the award of their endowed fellowships. These endowed fellowships are a point of pride for the college and reflect years of successful engagement with the community.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Robert Hardy, a USF College of Marine Science student who graduated in December 2014 with a Master’s Degree, was selected as one of four recipients of the 2015 USF Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Award. This is the highest award given to students by the Office of Graduate Studies of USF.
This is in recognition of his thesis entitled “Assessments of surface pelagic drift communities and behavior of early juvenile sea turtles in the northern Gulf of Mexico.” The award letter stated “your work stood out among the best, and the committee was very impressed with not only the theme of your research, but also the extent of your professional development to date.”
The College of Marine Science is very proud of Robert’s achievements, as his research is a reflection of the University of South Florida’s academic excellence.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The scholarship, established in 2010 through a partnership between Florida Sea Grant and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, recognizes students at Florida universities whose research focuses on the biology, ecology, habitat or management of fish in Florida’s marine environment. Since the award was established, $124,000 in scholarships has now been given to 27 students at nine different Florida universities.
Marcy Cockrell, a Ph.D. student studying marine science at USF, is investigating how three marine protected areas in the Gulf of Mexico might benefit both fisheries yields and spawning populations. http://bit.ly/1LtbJ3C