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Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event July 8 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Join us today for the Tampa Bay Marine Science Networking Happy Hour from 5-7pm.  This month's event will be located at Ceviche, in St. Petersburg in the Flamenco Room downstairs located at 10 Beach Dr. NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701.  It's Tapas Tuesday and they will have tapas drink specials. Street parking is available or you can park in a nearby garage.

Nametags will be provided and you may want to bring business cards to share. There were many jobseekers at the June event.  If you are looking to hire or in search of a new opportunity plan to attend. Please feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested in attending.  You may sign up for the networking event here.

Last modified on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 14:49

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event June 11 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Join us today, June 11th, 2014 for the Tampa Bay Marine Science Happy Hour event from 4:30pm-6:30pm.  This month's event will be held at The Ale and the Witch, 111 2nd Ave NE, (Plaza Tower Courtyard) St Petersburg, FL 33701.  They have a selection of craft beer on tap and wine.  It is a cash bar (ask your server about HH specials) and you can park on the street or in any of the nearby garages.

Nametags will be provided and you may want to bring business cards to share.  Please feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested in attending.  You may sign up here.

Last modified on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:51

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event June 28 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be Tuesday, June 28th, 4:30-6:30pm at Cassis American Brasserie, 170 Beach Dr NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701.  They have a nice happy hour on Tuesdays with drinks from $2.50+, and food is available as well. The event is self pay, there is metered street parking, nearby garages or you can get a discount on Sundial Valet with your ticket.  Name tags will be provided.  We will be inside the bar area.  Please join us and bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues.

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event May 14 2014

ST. PETERSBURG -  The Marine Science Happy Hour this month will be located at Z Grille 104 2nd St. S from 5-7pm.  There are parking garages directly North, West and South of the Z Grille, and metered street parking.  There will be a full bar and also have HH specials so ask your server about them.  Nametags will be provided and bring a business card to drop into our free door prize raffle which will still be drawn at 5:45-6:00 pm.  You can sign up for the USFCMS Happy Hour Networking online.

Last modified on Friday, 09 May 2014 20:56

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event May 25 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be Wednesday May 25, 2016 4:30-6:30p at Caddy's on Central 217 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 - SPONSORED BY Sweetwater Brewing Company. Thank you Eric Steimle for the subsidized SweetWater suds (while supplies last) and coordinating. The event is selfpay, park in nearby garages or on the street in meters (some are free after 6pm), and nametags will be provided.  Please bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 15:07

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event May 27 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - This Wednesday May 27th, 4:30-6:30pm is our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour at another new location for us at Tryst Gastro. Located at Lounge 240 Beach Dr NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701.

The event is selfpay, park in the nearby garage or at the street meters and nametags will be provided. If you are a hiring manager or a job seeker. This is the perfect event to make a connection! Please share this with any ocean science professionals you may know and encourage them to attend.

If you also plan to attend the Blue Ocean Film Festival cocktail party, join us at Tryst before moving down the street to their 6pm event.  Check out the Tryst Gastro Facebook Page.  

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Last modified on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:49

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event Nov 17 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Our Second Anniversary Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be next Tuesday November 17th at the Canopy Rooftop Lounge in the Birchwood Hotel 340 Beach Dr, NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701, 4:30-6:30pm. This event is our final gathering in 2015 (but we will resume in January 2016) and is selfpay, they have metered parking on the street or you can park at the nearby garage for a fee and nametags will be provided.

The Birchwood always has a great happy hour offering of beer, wine, and softdrinks as well as cocktails - and at affordable prices. Please join us one last time before the holidays - and bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues.

Last modified on Thursday, 12 November 2015 14:51

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event Oct 28 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - This Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 4:30-6:30pm is our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour back at Ale and the Witch located downtown at 111 2nd Ave NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701. This event is self pay, they have metered parking on the street or you can park at the nearby garage for a fee and name tags will be provided.

They will have a band at 8pm too in the courtyard if you want to stay later. If you are a hiring manager or a job seeker - this is the perfect event to make a connection. Please share this with any ocean science professionals you may know and encourage them to attend.

Also our 2nd Anniversary Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be next month on Tuesday November 17th at the Canopy Rooftop Lounge in the Birchwood Hotel 340 Beach Dr, NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701, 4:30-6:30pm.

Last modified on Thursday, 22 October 2015 13:22

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event Oct 8 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour is today October 8th, 2014, 5-7pm at the Amsterdam, located at 1049 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. The event is self pay and name tags will be available. Please feel free to share this with any others who may be interested in attending. 

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event Oct. 13 2016

ST . PETERSBURG, FL - Our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be this Thursday October 13, 2016, 4:30-6:30pm at the newly reopened Independent Bar St Petersburg, 1049 Central Avenue (formerly the Amsterdam).   The event is self pay, they have

metered street parking nearby and name tags will be provided.  Please bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues.

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event Sept 9 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Join us Tuesday, September 9, 2014 for the Tampa Bay Marine Science Networking Happy Hour from 5-7pm.  This month's event will be located at Ceviche, in St. Petersburg in the Flamenco Room downstairs located at 10 Beach Dr. NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701.  It's Tapas Tuesday and they will have tapas drink specials. Street parking is available or you can park in a nearby garage.

Nametags will be provided and you may want to bring business cards to share. There were many job seekers at the September event.  If you are looking to hire or in search of a new opportunity plan to attend. Please feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested in attending.  You may sign up for the networking event here.

Last modified on Friday, 05 September 2014 15:14

Marine Science Networking Happy Hour - One year Anniversary

ST. PETERSBURG - Our first anniversary is coming up. The next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour is Wednesday November 19th, 2014, 4:30-6:30pm.  The event will be held at the 
Canopy Rooftop Lounge atop the Birchwood Hotel, 340 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. They have a nice selection of cocktails, beer and wine including happy hour specials and nearby street or garage parking is available. The event is self pay and nametags will be available. This will also be the final event of 2014, gatherings will resume in January 2015.

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Last modified on Monday, 10 November 2014 14:30

MBON helps to understand the Mortality Event in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Sport divers found green, hazy water, huge patches of white mats coating corals and sponges, and dead animals littering the bottom of East Flower Garden Bank in the Gulf of Mexico. The scientists believe that a large-scale mortality event of unknown cause is under way on the bank. A response plan is being developed with partners and a series of cruises will be scheduled to collect water and biological samples from both the East and West Flower Garden Banks.  Dr. Frank Muller-Karger, Digna Rudea Roa and team at USF, and part of MBON, jumped into help by comparting NASA MODIS Chlorophyll-a product “climatology” and some recent MODIS and VIRS chl derived individual passes with methods developed under MBON.  See the images: http://imars.usf.edu/modis/husf/pass/1/chlora/gcoos/2016-07-13-163000-2016-07-13-163459,  NOAA SUOMI VIIRS image for 16 July 2016: http://imars.usf.edu/viirs/husf/pass/750/chlora/gcoos/2016-07-16-184025-2016-07-16-185147

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Melting Greenland ice sheet may affect global ocean circulation, future climate

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Don Chambers from the University of South Florida, along with colleagues in Canada and the Netherlands, have determined that the influx of fresh water from the Greenland ice sheet is "freshening" the North Atlantic Ocean and could disrupt the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), an important component of global ocean circulation that could have a global effect. Researchers say it could impact the future climate in places such as portions of Europe and North America.

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Last modified on Friday, 29 January 2016 15:22

Mengqiu's Sargassum work highlighted by IOCCG

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Several new publications have been added to the IOCCG Recent References list including a paper by Wang and Hu (2016) on mapping and quantifying Sargassum distribution.  Sargassum washing ashore on the beaches of the Caribbean Islands since 2011 has caused problems for the local environments, tourism, and economies, yet little is known about their origin, distribution, and long-term changes.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 09 November 2016 18:47

Michael Martinez-Colon receives GRP Early-Career Research Fellowship

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr. Michael Martinez-Colon, receives the prestigious 2017  Early-Career Research Fellowship from the Gulf Research Program, in his capacity as an Assistant Professor at FAMU.  According to their website, "this fellowship is designed to allow new and emerging pre-tenure faculty to investigate untested research questions and to engage in collaborations and networks that will serve as foundation for cementing their research agenda. The two-year fellowship provides unrestricted funds that allows the participants explore ideas and potential avenues to expand and acquire new knowledge." 

The photo shown is from his field work in Puerto Rico last year.  For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/2ryY9ck

 

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New agreement to coordinate a global marine biodiversity observing system

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - This collaboration between GOOS BioEco, OBIS and GEOBON MBON will build a unified and globally consistent observing system that will: strengthen the three initiatives; make use of the best available resources; share expertise; and ensure compatibility between outputs and advice from the three initiatives.

Read the full OBIS article here

Read the full GOOS article here

Last modified on Thursday, 15 December 2016 18:24

New Pinellas Student Environmental Leadership Workshop

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - There are 10 spaces available for an exciting new summer workshop for teens next month, on July 11-15, 2016. This is a pilot program developed with funding from the Clean Communities Clean Coasts NOAA Marine Debris Prevention Education and Outreach grant.

Organized by Keep Pinellas Beautiful (KPB) and USFCMS, the speakers include environmental youth leaders, stormwater professionals from the City of St. Pete, and photography/software workshop taught by faculty at the USFSP Department of Journalism and Media Studies.

Teens will learn and practice communications skills and creating tools, so they can conduct effective outreach and clean-up activities in their schools and communities. (As they earn Bright Future credits too!)  We will also collect input from the youth to better define preferences for messages and communications tools.

Location: Through a collaboration with USFSP, the youth camp will be in Harbor Hall Community Room and lab/classroom in the USFSP Media Studies Department, and with support from the USFSP Campus Recreation department there will be a kayaking trip and pool party on Friday.

If you have questions, please contact KPB coordinator Stephanie Ellington (formerly Lawler), a USFCMS graduate.

New species named in honor of CMS Professor

UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY - Researchers at the University of Bonn, Germany, Meena Förderer and Martin R. Langer, in a paper published in PeerJ on 23 June 2016, described five new species, naming one Siphonapertra hallocki. Quoting from their paper "Etymology. In honor of Pamela Hallock Muller for her extensive work on tropical foraminifera".

The paper is available at:
https://peerj.com/articles/2157.pdf

New, effective DNA method for discovering fish spawning grounds

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 discover fish spawning grounds through analysis of the DNA in fish eggs. 

The vast majority of fish in the ocean are broadcast spawners –the female releases eggs in large quantities to float around until the larvae hatch and swim away on their own.  A problem facing many fisheries managers is the time it takes to estimate fish populations.  A new method utilizing DNA will likely reduce that time from years to months. 

Dr. Ernst Peebles realized that existing fish population methods could be extended to a much larger number of species through new technologies and new databases like FISH-BOL (fish barcode of life).  With the development of the Marine Resource Assessment program in 2010 here at the college, Dr. Mya Breitbart was eager to collaborate with fisheries ecologists on gaps in the body of research that molecular biology methods might fill. 

A process called DNA barcoding focuses on a segment of DNA that is short enough to be efficiently sequenced but long enough to allow for identification of species.  While most fish eggs look alike, their DNA does not.

Working in one of Dr. Breitbart’s microbiology labs, USFSP senior Makenzie Burrows performs much of the hands-on DNA work related to this project.  Dr. Breitbart explains the process further, “When we sequence this gene, we can then compare it against the database and that tells us what species each fish egg belongs to.”

From the original proof-of-concept study done in small Terra Ceia Bay (near the mouth of Tampa Bay), the DNA barcoding of fish eggs has expanded to cover the entire Gulf of Mexico. 

With the identification data from Dr. Breitbart’s lab, fish population researchers can use the number of floating eggs, compare that with the rate of egg production and calculate the number of females releasing eggs for each species.

Dr. Peebles points out that this method is not only rapid, but could be very cost effective in comparison to conventional methods.

The most exciting aspect of this project for fisheries scientists is the discoveries that await them.  Dr. Peebles notes, “This method is one of the best, if not the best, methods of detecting spawning in marine fish.” 

And by identifying new spawning grounds, resource managers have the ability to increase protection of spawning habitats to ensure the longevity of ecologically and economically important species.

Breitbart Lab Website 

Last modified on Monday, 08 May 2017 13:13

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

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -

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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NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -

Speakers/Affiliations: Erica Hudson Ombres, NOAA

Seminar Title: NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program

When: August 24, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Don Chambers

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