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Oceanography Camp for Girls 2017

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.  Hands-on work in the field and laboratory, as well as a strong focus on careers, gives participants a holistic view of what it means to be a scientist and what a future STEM career might look like.  Under the leadership of Dr. Teresa Greely and Dr. Angela Lodge and the teaching and mentoring of the graduate students of the College of Marine Science (CMS), the girls learn the social and technical aspects of working in science. 

Faculty members and researchers of CMS and scientists from the community fulfilled additional teaching roles and provided the girls further career insight.  Field excursions included Fort Desoto, Shell Key, Caladesi Island, Clam Bayou, Sea World and a research cruise aboard the R/V Angari.  Laboratory rotations throughout CMS demonstrated concepts from microbiology, advanced microscopy, seawater analysis, satellite remote sensing, fish physiology, marine medical services, ROV techniques, beach profiling, and geological sedimentary analysis.  The scientists put an exclamation on their camp experience with presentations of their projects at a ceremony held in FWC-FWRI’s Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium.  

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OCG alumni accepts internship at Center for Human Genetics Research

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Jessie Green, a Biology student at Eckerd College, and Oceanography Camp for Girls alumni, has just accepted an internship at the Center for Human Genetics Research in Boston this summer.  Congratulations Jessica!

Operational wind wave and coastal hazard forecasting in the US

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Speaker: Andre J. van der Westhuysen

Affiliation: NOAA NWS/NCEP/Environmental Modeling Center

Seminar Title: Operational wind wave and coastal hazard forecasting in the US

When: Nov. 17, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Joseph Long (USGS)

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Last modified on Thursday, 01 December 2016 16:37

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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PhD student Liz Fahsbender selected for NSF EAPSI Fellowship in Japan

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - PhD student Liz Fahsbender was selected to participate in the highly competitive NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program, where she will study the viruses found in ticks alongside researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan this summer.

PhD student Michelle Masi collaborates with NMFS

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - On Oct 17, 2016, Michelle Masi successfully defended her dissertation entitled, "An ecosystem-based approach to reef fish management in the Gulf of Mexico". In collaboration with the National Marine Fisheries Service, she used an ecosystem model to evaluate potential harvest control rules for use in Gulf of Mexico reef fish fisheries management. Her results suggested that using an adaptive management approach has the potential to improve fisheries yields while simultaneously increasing abundance and biodiversity of the reef fish assemblage. Joining as members of her academic committee were Dr. Michael Schirripa of NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, and Dr. Isaac Kaplan of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. Michelle Masi is a PhD Candidate in the Marine Resource Assessment program. She was recently hired to a full-time stock assessment position at the Fisheries and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, FL. 

Philanthropist Anne Von Rosenstiel tours the laboratories of the USF College of Marine Science

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Anne Von Rosenstiel maintains the same passion for the marine sciences that her late husband Werner Von Rosenstiel held.  Their philanthropic efforts have supported roughly 100 students up to the present and will continue into the future as her recent visit demonstrates. 

Anne and her daughter, Kathleen Davis, were joined by fellow guests, Drs. Susan and Peter Betzer.  A tour of selected labs from the Marine Science Laboratory and the Knight Oceanographic Research Center was guided by Howard Rutherford and presentations of the equipment, devices, and applications of the science were given by students Alex Ilich, Susan Snyder, Kelly Vasbinder, Jordon Meyer, and Erin Cuyler, and by faculty member Robert Byrne. 

The presenters expressed current and future relevance of their research to society, specifically through advanced fish population monitoring, analysis of toxic ingredients in sea life, modeling ocean parameters to improve Marine Protected Areas, satellite observations of ocean circulation and mixing which signal changes in climate, and the development of affordable devices that will allow citizen scientists to observe the effects of ocean acidification in our coastal waters. 

By Sean Beckwith

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Port St. Petersburg: Marine Exploration Center

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 to the wonders of the ocean (carrying on the tradition of the Pier Aquarium) and also to ports, the maritime industry and all the marine related research occurring in a cluster of high-level institutions in the downtown Saint Petersburg area.  An estimated 1600 people are working in a field related to marine research and technology in St. Pete.  In addition to the College of Marine Science, there is the U.S. Coast Guard, FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Institute of Oceanography, USGS Coastal and Marine Science Center, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, SRI International and more. 

The Marine Discovery Center will gather scientists for community discussions by hosting Drink-and-Think events that will also include food trucks.  Visitors will have opportunities to tour maritime and oceanographic vessels.  Permanent attractions will include the following:  Live Coral and Fish Tank, Oceans Today Kiosk (NOAA funded), Corals on Acid (2 tanks; NOAA funded), Counting on Fish/Florida Sportfish Aquarium and Interactive Exhibit (FWC funded), Science on a Sphere (NOAA funded), NOAA Kiosk (NOAA funded), Energizing Research (Duke Energy funded), Coral Cat Shark Tank, Microscope Station, Touch Tank, and Ocean Tracker Exhibit.  Finally, a large space dedicated to revolving exhibits will also host movie screenings and other events.

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Production and Traceability of NIST Electrochemical Standard Reference Materials

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Speakers/Affiliations: Kenneth Pratt, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Seminar Title: Production and Traceability of NIST Electrochemical Standard Reference Materials

When: July 3, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Robert Byrne

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Projections of climate driven changes on blood oxygen affinity in pelagic habitats

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Speaker: Allison K. Smith

Affiliation: Univ. Washington

Seminar Title: Projections of climate driven changes on blood oxygen affinity in pelagic habitats

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

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Brad Seibel

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Rally Around Town - Feb 19, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Our next food truck rally is this Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, from 6 to 10 pm.  It's co-sponsored by the college, FIO, and the Pormer Pier Aquarium, aka Secrets of the Sea

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Reconstruction of Aleutian seawater temperature since 1665 AD from the skeletons of coralline algae

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Speaker: Dr. Branwen Williams

Affiliation: Claremont McKenna-Pitzer-Scripps Colleges

Seminar Title: Reconstruction of Aleutian seawater temperature since 1665 AD from the skeletons of coralline algae

When: Oct. 16, 2015 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Ryan Moyer

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Red Tide Chek, the first hand-held device that can detect red tide in the field

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - John Paul, PhD, USF distinguished professor, is lead inventor of Red Tide Chek, the first hand-held device that can detect red tide in the field.  Red tide is one of Florida’s greatest environmental, ecological and economic threats. These harmful algal blooms can cause human health problems and hamper the economy in lost tourism dollars and damaged fisheries.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 18:32

Removal of six estrogenic endocrine-disrupting compounds from municipal wastewater

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr. Monica Cook, a USF CMS graduate (Spring 2015), recently published a manuscript in the journal Water. The manuscript, “Removal of six estrogenic endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs) from municipal wastewater using aluminum electrocoagulation” is open access in the Special Issue “Emerging Contaminants: Occurrence, Fate and Transport, and Removal” and can be found at the following link: http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/8/4/128/  

Co-authors include Dr. Ted Van Vleet (CMS), Dr. Mya Breitbart (CMS), Erin Symonds (CMS), Dr. Armando Hoare (USFSP) and Bert Gerber.

RF Sensors for Remote Sensing the Earth and the importance of RF Spectrum Management

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Speakers/Affiliations: Sandra Cruz-Pol, University of Puerto Rico at Mayguez

Seminar Title: RF Sensors for Remote Sensing the Earth and the importance of RF Spectrum Management

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

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: David Naar/Bernard Batson/Frank Muller-Karger

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Rosenheim leads RPO Workshop at WHOI

ST. WOODS HOLE, MA - Brad Rosenheim teamed up with Dr. Ann McNichol, Dr. Valier Galy and others from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to offer the first Ramped PyrOx (RPO) workshop, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The event lasted one and a half days, and was attended by USF College of Marine Science (CMS) graduate student Cristina Subt and USF CMS professor Eugene Domack. All three USF attendees chaired panel discussions about the technique, a tool central to several investigations by the Southern Oceans group at USF CMS. The workshop will produce an article to Eos, the news outlet of the American Geophysical Union, and a white paper to NSF. 

Ryan Venturelli wins second place at 2017 Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium

ST. PETRSBURG, FL - Ryan Venturelli's poster was selected as on outstanding entry in the 2017 Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the University of South Florida.

Second Place - Natural and Physical Sciences
Ryan Venturelli - Title - "Almost Only Counts in Horseshoes and Clumped Isotopes: An Improved Understanding of the Effect of Pressure Baseline on Reconstruction of Temperatures from the Geologic Past"

In March, Ryan Venturelli won the 9th Annual Graduate Research Symposium for the Natural and Physical Sciences category. Because of this symposium, Ryan was given the opportunity to present at the Florida Statewide Graduate Student Symposium in which she received a second place award for the Natural and Physical Sciences category.

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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

Science Communication in the current landscape- a filmmakers perspective

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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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Science in the Sun at the St. Petersburg Science Festival

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The St. Petersburg Science Festival celebrates the wonders of hands-on science, technology, engineering and math with interactive, fun exhibits and activities for the family.

The free festival will took place 10am-4pm Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, held in conjunction with MarineQuest, Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's annual marine discovery day, at the Bayboro Waterfront of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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Scientific Drilling in Africa’s Great Rift Valley: Influence of Tectonics and Climate Change on Lake Malawi Ecosystems

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Speaker: Dr. Christopher Scholz

Affiliation: Syracuse University

Seminar Title: Scientific Drilling in Africa’s Great Rift Valley: Influence of Tectonics and Climate Change on Lake Malawi Ecosystems

When: Feb. 5, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Gene Domack

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Last modified on Monday, 08 February 2016 17:15

Sea Level Rise in Florida: Science, Impacts, and Options

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Sea levels are rising - globally and in Florida. Climatologists, geologists, oceanographers, and the overwhelming majority of the scientific community expect a continuation of this trend for centuries to come due to climate change, ocean warming, and ice mass loss.


While Florida’s natural history indicates that there is nothing new about the changing elevation of the sea, what is new is its accelerating pace. Also new—and alarming—is the ever-growing, immobile human infrastructure near the coasts: high-rise condos, suburban developments, tourist meccas, and international metropolises. In a state where much of the landscape is topographically low and underlain by permeable limestone, the stakes are particularly high. Modern-day sea level rise, with potential impacts to large land areas and populations, poses unprecedented challenges for sustainability, urban planning, and political action.


This book offers an in-depth examination of the cycle of sea levels in the past and the science behind current measurements and future projections. The authors assess the most likely range of sea level rise in Florida based on a synthesis of projections for the next hundred years. They also discuss ongoing and potential consequences for natural marine and coastal systems and how we can begin to plan strategically for the inevitable changes.

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