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50 Years of Advancing Ocean Education

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - You are invited to join the University of South Florida College of Marine Science in celebrating 50 years of advancing ocean education, research and innovation in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. Alumni, faculty and friends from across the U.S. and around the world will come together to honor the past, celebrate the present, embrace the future.

The 50th celebration will be held April 5-8, 2017 at the C.W. Bill Young Marine Science Complex along the Bayboro Waterfront. Seminars, plenaries and special events will include Alumni and friends from across the globe. A variety of family friendly field trips and activities have been planned. Bring your family for some fun in the sun!

50 Years of Advancing Ocean Education Website

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Marine Science Happy Hour Networking - Apr. 5 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Today, Wednesday, April 5th  5-7pm is our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour.  Today we will be at The Tavern at Bayboro 120 6th Ave S St Petersburg FL 33701.  This event is in conjunction with the USF College of Marine Science 50th Anniversary celebration so there will be increased opportunity to network with ocean science alumni from around the world.  The event is self pay and name tags will be provided. 

Parking will likely be a challenge here - there are paid meters on the street along both sides of 1st Ave S and along 8th Ave SE, there is also some parking in the specially designated spaces in the Tavern's lot or you can also find visitor parking in the USF garage on the north side of 6th Ave S and 3rd St across from the USF Student Center - this is 1.5 blocks due west of the Tavern.  Find a potential employer or collaborator, a new grad student, a new major professor or just meet other science professionals outside your office, because networking is not just for when you are not working. Please share this notice and join us - and bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues. 

Florida scientists encouraging President Trump to maintain earth science programs

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Florida Scientists send an open letter for the third time in six months to President Trump encouraging him to maintain the earth science programs at NASA and NOAA.  Listen to Frank Muller-Karger’s interview here.

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C-IMAGE 10 minute podcast series now available on iTunes

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Download C-IMAGE full podcast series, The Loop, now available on iTunes. Learn about the studies and initiatives of C-IMAGE in 10-minute episodes covering excursions into the Gulf, 'deep-sea in a can' experiments, and predicting spill impacts on ecosystems.

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Wonders of a Marine National Monument

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument - Research vessel Okeanos Explorer has been collecting data and videos in the ocean and some of the astonishing creatures that live there.

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Science Communication in the current landscape- a filmmakers perspective

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -

Speaker: Stephani Gordon

Affiliation: Open Boat Films, LLC

Seminar Title: Science Communication in the current landscape- a filmmakers perspective

When: Mar. 30, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Brad Seibel

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Summer Fun - Oceanography Camp for Girls - Be A Science Mentor or Sr. Counselor

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Just a reminder that this week is the deadline to apply for the Oceanography Camp for Girls as a Science Mentor (graduate students) or Senior Counselor (undergraduate students). Anyone who plans to participate in the OCG at any level needs to complete an application (field trips, labs, tours, etc.) and will complete a Level 2 Background Check. 

For additional information please contact Teresa Greely or Angela Lodge.

OCG Science Mentor Application 2017

OCG Senior Counselor Application 2017

OCG Activities Calendar 2017

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Marine Science Happy Hour Networking - Mar. 23 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be today, March 23, 2017, 4:30-6:30pm at SeaSalt (Himalayan Lounge area indoors to the left as you enter the main doors and near the patio entrance), 183 2nd Avenue N, St Petersburg, FL 33701 in the Sundial.  The event is self pay and name tags will be provided. They have complimentary valet (tip appreciated), or you can park at street meters or garages. 

This event is a great opportunity to find a potential employer or collaborator, a new grad student, a new major professor - or just meet other science professionals outside your office. Please share this notice and join us - and bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues!  St. Petersburg POD of 500 Women Scientists - mini huddle at 6pm within this same event!

April Save-the-Date: This will be held in conjunction with the USF College of Marine Science's 50th Anniversary Celebration, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Tavern at Bayboro 120 6th Ave S St Petersburg FL 33701

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Vertical Kinetic Energy, Turbulence and Mixing in the Ocean

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Speakers/Affiliations: Andreas Thurnherr, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory/Columbia University

Seminar Title: Vertical Kinetic Energy, Turbulence and Mixing in the Ocean

When: Mar. 24, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Xinfeng Liang

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More Information - Dr. Thurnherr is an observational physical oceanographer. His research interests concern processes acting near topography (including hydrothermal circulation), horizontal and vertical dispersal, as well as the large-scale circulation, with emphasis on the return limb of the overturning circulation (mixing and upwelling). Additionally, he is interested in oceanographic instrumentation and methods, in particular those related to the measurement of currents, internal waves and turbulence with acoustic methods (especially ADCPs). For more information about him, please see http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/~ant/

 

Kema Malki awarded a 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to Kema Malki, who was awarded a 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and Shannon Burns, who received an Honorable Mention in this year's competition.  Great job to all who applied.

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Florida scientists fear hurricane forecasts, climate research will suffer under Trump

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - A growing chorus of scientists is raising the alarm over reports of Trump administration budgets cuts that would affect climate change research and hurricane forecasting.

On Monday, March 13, 2017, 32 Florida scientists sent a letter to the president voicing worry over reports that the Department of Commerce, which overseas the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has proposed cutting 17 percent from its budget, with the nation’s network of satellites taking the biggest hit. The satellites include a system of polar orbiters that provide critical data from the top and bottom of the planet and help scientists understand two of the biggest threats facing the peninsula.

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Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article138301783.html#storylink=cpy

"Sanctuaries MBON" Receives NOPP 2016 Excellence in Partnering Award

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The National Oceanographic Partnership Program announced that the Sanctuaries Project of the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network, led by Dr. Frank Muller-Karger, was selected for the NOPP's 2016 Excellence in Partnering Award. The Sanctuaries MBON project seeks to provide near real-time information on the status and trends of life in the sea. The project is designed to monitor changes in marine biodiversity in two US National Marine Sanctuaries - the Florida Keys and Monterey Bay, working jointly with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).

Nitrogen Dynamics in Tropical Coastal Ecosystems: A Case Study in Guam

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Speakers/Affiliations: Kiho Kim, American University

Seminar Title: Nitrogen Dynamics in Tropical Coastal Ecosystems: A Case Study in Guam

When: Mar. 9, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Chris Simoniello

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Coastal Ocean Circulation Influences on Matters of Societal Concern

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Today, February 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM EST, Dr. Robert Weisberg of University of South Florida College of Marine Science will be discussing coastal ocean circulation. Reserve your spot now.

Title: Coastal Ocean Circulation Influences on Matters of Societal Concern
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 12 PM ET
Speaker: Dr. Bob Weisberg, University of South Florida College of Marine Science
Link to Register: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/je3a5iynqb2o&eom
Flyer: www.secoora.org/webfm_send/1921

The coastal ocean, defined as the continental shelf and the estuaries, is where society meets the sea. It is where bathing and boating abound, where major recreational and commercial fisheries are situated along with maritime commerce hubs, where harmful algal blooms occur, fossil fuels are tapped and alternative energy sources are considered for exploitation, and where tourists and residents simply go to relax. In essence, the coastal ocean is the epicenter for maritime ecosystems services. Managing all of these coastal ocean utilizations, some competitive with one another, and planning for future, sustainable uses, requires the ability to describe the state of the coastal ocean and to predict the effects that may ensue from either naturally occurring or human-induced influences. The state of the coastal ocean is largely determined by the ocean circulation. The circulation is what unites nutrients with light, fueling primary productivity, what determines the water properties in which fish and other organisms reside and what controls the movement of larvae between spawning and settlement regions. The circulation also determines the movement of harmful substances spilled into the sea and the conduct of search and rescue operations. Applications for red tide, gag grouper recruitment and the transport of Deepwater Horizon oil to northern Gulf of Mexico beaches will be discussed.

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Spoonbill Bowl 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - On Saturday February 18, 2017, USF College of Marine Science hosted the 2017 Spoonbill Bowl Competition.  At 7:30 in morning 18 teams from 13 from Florida’s West Coast regional high schools arrived, ready to have breakfast and start the day.  It was a fun filled day of fierce competition and lots of ocean science education for all involved -- teams and room officials alike. This year’s event could probably be considered one of the most exhilarating! The competition had many tie- breaker rounds going into the afternoon elimination rounds. The air was filled with nervous energy as the players of the final rounds took their places.

The winning round was played by the defending 2016 Champions, the Academy of Environmental Science (AES) A- Team, and the 2015 Champions, Eastside High School A-Team. When the final round’s time clock sounded it was Eastside High School’s A-Team from Gainesville Florida that emerged as the 2017 champions.  The Academy of Environmental Science (AES) A- Team won second place and the AES B-Team won third place. The Sportsmanship Award was won by Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School from Bradenton Florida. Continuing a Spoonbill tradition of a team t-shirt contest, the Durant High School team won the competition.

This event would not be possible without the overwhelming support of volunteers from the College of Marine Science and many of our neighboring marine agencies—Eckerd College, USFSP, USGS, FWRI, NOAA Fisheries, Florida Aquarium, Ocean Optics, Center for Open Exploration, Florida Marine Science Educators Association, Florida Sea Grant and World Power and Water.

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Has warming, oil pollution, and fishing dramatically altered coastal ecosystems in the northern Gulf of Mexico

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Speaker: Joel Fodrie

Affiliation: UNC Chapel-Hill

Seminar Title: Has warming, oil pollution, and fishing dramatically altered coastal ecosystems in the northern Gulf of Mexico

When: Mar. 2, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Chris Stallings

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Oxygen Minimum Zones expanding

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Recent research suggests that oxygen levels are declining, and oxygen minimum zones expanding, throughout the world's oceans as a result of climate change. Members of the Seibel lab have just returned from a month-long cruise aboard the R/V Sikuliaq in the Eastern Tropical Pacific studying the low-oxygen tolerance of marine animals. Zooplankton in this region display the lowest critical oxygen levels (highest tolerance) of any animals ever measured and live on the edge of oxygen limitation. 

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Coastal and Operational Forecasting Research at The Davidson Laboratory

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Speakers/Affiliations: Alan Blumberg, Stevens Institute of Technology

Seminar Title: Coastal and Operational Forecasting Research at The Davidson Laboratory

When: Feb. 23, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Robert Weisberg

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Marine Science Happy Hour Networking - Feb. 21 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be tomorrow Tuesday February 21, 4:30-6:30pm at Green Bench Brewing Company, 1133 Baum Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33705!  The event is self pay and name tags will be provided. You can park at street meters.  Find a potential employer or collaborator, a new grad student, a new major professor - or just meet other science professionals outside your office, because networking is not just for when you are not working. Please share this notice and join us - and bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues.

PS: For those of us who knew Vembu Subramanian, we will have a special toast about 6pm in honor of his life well-lived, but which ended far too soon – Green Bench was one of his favorite places.

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Detection of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and tropical storm activity during the last 2900 years using Beppu Bay anoxic sediment cores

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Speakers/Affiliations: Masanobu Yamamoto (Hokkaido University) & Leonid Polyak (Byrd Polar Research Center, the Ohio State University)

Seminar Title: Detection of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and tropical storm activity during the last 2900 years using Beppu Bay anoxic sediment cores

When: Feb. 20, 2017 3:00pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Brad E. Rosenheim

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SALSA - C and life in Antarctic subglacial lakes

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - NSF has funded USF College of Marine Science researchers to probe the nature of organic carbon in the water column and the sediment beneath subglacial Lake Mercer in Antarctica. The lake sites beneath over 1 km of ice and is episodically drained and filled by subglacial flow of water from the Mercer Ice Stream. USF researchers are part of an international group that will probe the lake for life after accessing it through the thick ice sheet. Water chemistry, sedimentary microbes, and the nature of the organic carbon within the sediments will be targeted for information about how life thrives and how carbon is cycled in these remote, isolated ecosystems. Of fundamental importance is analysis of whether marine carbon sources are the basis of life in these lakes as they may have had past incursions of marine water.
The project website is www.salsa-antarctica.org

Announcing ANGARI: A New and Innovative Platform for Ocean Research and Public Outreach

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -

Speakers/Affiliations: Angela Rosenberg, President, ANGARI Foundation, Inc.

Seminar Title: Announcing ANGARI: A New and Innovative Platform for Ocean Research and Public Outreach

When: Feb. 21, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Mark Luther

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