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Seven years later: BP oil spill settlement funding new way to manage fish populations

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - More than 30,000 fish species exist. But it's always been a guessing game on where they originate. A new technique developed by researchers at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science is paving the way in discovering where a wide-range of species spawn. It's a difficult task as 95% of fish in the world release their eggs into the water and drift away.

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More about the latest efforts and research by USF and local researchers.

Since the spill the C-IMAGE Consortium has advanced understanding of the processes, mechanisms, and environmental consequences of marine oil blowouts through collaborative efforts across the Gulf and internationally.

The Florida Institute of Oceanography has also played a key role in fostering collaborative efforts after the spill through the use of their vessels and managing penalty and Restore Act monies from BP.

BeneathTheHorizon.org - Interactive oil spill timeline chronicling Deepwater Horizon and Ixtoc spills.

Deepwater Horizon: Seven years after explosion and oil spill, study finds clean-up workers got sicker - Craig Pittman, Tampa Bay Times

Seven years after BP spill, Gulf-focused consortium continues research, releases new website - Mote Marine Lab

40-Year-Old Oil Spill Offers Clues To Deepwater Horizon's Long-Term Impact - Texas Public Radio

Shark Week Special: Jawesome at the Dali

ST. PETERSBURG - USF College of Arts and Sciences' Trailblazers Series hits the road this coming Shark Week in St. Pete.  This amazing event if free.  Join us for our first Road Scholars event with Professor Phil Motta presenting a Jawesome lecture on Shark and Fish Research.  This event takes place Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7 PM at the Dali Museum.  In partnership with the USF College of Marine Science and the Poynter Institute.  Please RSVP for this event. 

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Site of 1503 shipwreck - the Esmerelda - tied to Vasco da Gama found off Oman

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Today, Blue Water Recoveries company announced, in partnership with Oman’s Ministry of Heritage & Culture, the discovery of the earliest European ship of discovery that was part of Vasco da Gama’s 1502-1503 fleet to India.  David L. Mearns, is the Director at Blue Water Recoveries, an alumnus of USF, and holds a master's degree from the College of Marine Science. David is one of the world's most renowned shipwreck hunters. 

News about this discovery has been officially released.  The links below will direct you to a Project Website.

http://esmeraldashipwreck.com

Also, an academic paper was published today in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.  This paper is free to download at the following site.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1095-9270.12175/abstract

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Sources and Reactivity of Terrestrial Organic Carbon

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -

Speaker: Katie Schreiner

Affiliation: Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota Duluth

Seminar Title: Sources and Reactivity of Terrestrial Organic Carbon to the Colville River Delta, Beaufort Sea, Alaska

When: Feb. 10, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Brad E. Rosenheim

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Last modified on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 18:42

Southern Ocean Science Group Launches Website

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Southern Ocean Science Group has launched their new website.  Their mission is to conduct interdisciplinary cutting edge research in the Southern Ocean, mentor graduate students, and communicate their findings to the scientific and broader communities. Because the Southern Ocean has global significance and the Antarctic community of scholars and funding agencies are international in scope by way of the Antarctic Treaty, the USF-CMS SO group works closely with colleagues and students from other nations. They encourage and facilitate teamwork amongst researchers to allow a broader understanding of Earth System interactions and to address long-standing problems in Antarctic science.

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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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Spoonbill Team on their way to North Carolina

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Please join us in cheering for our home team, the 2016 Spoonbill Champs, Academy of Environmental Science. Follow the National Ocean Sciences Bowl Competition daily via Facebook and Twitter. They will arrive with the showbox team in North Carolina later today.

Upcoming Schedule:

Friday, April 22, 2016 - Fieldtrips

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - Competition

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - Competition

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Students Develop Environmental Leadership Skills

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Last week, 13 high school students from Pinellas County participated in a five-day workshop to increase their knowledge about marine/watershed pollution causes and impacts, and develop their communications and project leadership skills. The new workshop was developed by Keep Pinellas Beautiful and the University of South Florida College of Marine Science for the Collaborating for Clean Communities initiative, which is funded by a NOAA Marine Debris Prevention grant. 

The students heard presentations and engaged in discussions with experts from KPB, USF CMS, the City of St. Petersburg, the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit and the USF SP School of Media Studies.  Held at the USF SP Harbor Hall, students kayaked in Booker Creek and X beach to assess litter, and practiced organizing a clean-up in Bayboro Harbor. During the week, students honed in on their issues and developed projects to implement at their schools.   

Students participated in the Blue Vision Summit Healthy Oceans Hill Day in Washington D.C

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Thanks to Dean Dixon's generous support, Marcy Cockrell, Megan Hepner, Kate Dubickas, and Alex Ilich participated in the Blue Vision Summit Healthy Oceans Hill Day in Washington, D.C on May 10. Constituents met with 24 Florida Congressional offices, and the CMS team met with 9 of the 24 offices, including Rep. Kathy Castor and Sen. Bill Nelson. They lobbied for efforts to reduce marine debris, maintain federal funding for Florida's coastal resiliency and ocean water quality monitoring programs, and to uphold the moratorium on oil and gas drilling off Florida's coasts. The offices were very receptive and encouraged all students and concerned citizens to reach out to their elected officials, from local to federal, for resolutions of these and other ocean and coastal issues.

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Students Present at International Virus Meetings

Liverpool, England - Brittany Leigh and Chelsea Bonnain presented their research at the Aquatic Virus Workshop and the Viruses of Microbes international conferences in Plymouth and Liverpool, England in July 2016.

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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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Surprising diversity of CO2 concentrating mechanisms in sulfur oxidizing bacteria from marine habitats and elsewhere

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -

Speakers/Affiliations: KT Scott, USF Integrative Biology

Seminar Title: Surprising diversity of CO2 concentrating mechanisms in sulfur oxidizing bacteria from marine habitats and elsewhere

When: August 25, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Mya Breitbart

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Susan Snyder receives the 2017 Admiral James Watkins award

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to Susan Snyder, CMS Ph.D. student for receiving the 2017 Admiral James Watkins best student paper at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Conference, last week in New Orleans.  Susan’s talk was titled:  “Forming a Gulf-Wide Dataset of PAH Exposure and Accumulation in Benthic-Dependent Teleosts”. Also, congratulations to all CMS students, researchers and faculty who participated in, and presented talks and posters at the conference.

Sustaining Coastal Marine Social-Ecological System

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -

Speaker: Heather Leslie

Affiliation: Darling Marine Center, University of Maine

Seminar Title: Sustaining Coastal Marine Social-Ecological System

When: Dec. 2, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Marcy Cockrell/Murawski Lab

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Taking Back the Lion's Share - 2015 Finalist

ST. PETERSBURG, Fl - The Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge has just announced its finalists, and we made the cut! This award provides the opportunity for Dr. Stallings and his team to continue with development of the LAIR Lionfish trap, and compete for nearly half a million dollars of funding that could help bring affordable Lionfish filets to dinner tables along the Gulf. Our social media support played a large part in helping us become finalists, so thank you to everybody who watched our proposal video and clicked like.

For more information about the LAIR, see our Finalist page at GCIC's website:

http://www.gulfcoastchallenge.org/entry/taking-back-lions-share

View the Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge Finalists

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Tampa Bay Marine Science Networking Happy Hour

ST. PETERSBURG - The next Tampa Bay Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be Tuesday, August 12th from 4:30-6:30pm at The Hollander Hotel Tap Room, 421 4th Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33701. Everyone pays for themselves but they do accept credit cards. Its $3 draft Tuesday and they have over 20 craft beers on tap - including several local breweries - and they have other drinks and delicious food too. Onsite and 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. 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 on the USF alumni page or join us on our events page on Facebook.

Last modified on Monday, 11 August 2014 13:43

Tampa Bay Marine Science Networking Happy Hour Event

ST. PETERSBURG - The next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour is Tuesday February 24th, 2015, 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 name tags will be available.

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Last modified on Friday, 20 February 2015 14:26

Tampa Bay Marine Science Networking Happy Hour Event June 28 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be on Wednesday, June 28th 2017 at 4:30-6:30pm at newly opened Lolita's Urban Wine Market located at 16 18th Street S. St Petersburg, FL 33712.  The event is self pay and name tags will be provided. You can park on the street or in the stadium overflow lot across from the market beneath the interstate which is not patrolled since it is not a Ray's game night.  They have wine (as the name suggests) - But they also have beer from all 7 of the local breweries. In addition they have amazing chacuterie.  Their Wednesday wine specials are $5 per glass.

***SPECIAL FREEBIES FOR ANY GARDENERS ATTENDING***

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.

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Tampa Bay Marine Science Networking Happy Hour Event June 8 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - We are celebrating World Ocean Day for the next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour.  It will be this Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Ale & the Witch in the Courtyard Shoppes, 111 2nd Ave NE, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701 from 4:30-6:30pm.  They have a new happy hour called the witching hour until 6pm (M-Th) when all pints and tulip glasses are just $4.  You can park in the garage to the north, other nearby garages, or in street meters.  The event is self pay and name tags will be provided. Share this invitation with your ocean professional friends.

After, you can move the World Ocean Day party over to the FREE family fun Blue Ocean Film Festival movie in Straub Park, with shorts and a feature screen of the best in show film Bag It going on until 10pm. Or you can stick around A&W’s courtyard for some live music by Kyle and Shannon at 8pm.

Save the dates for future happy hours: June 28, 2017 and July 18, 2017, places TBA soon.

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The 2015 Eminent Scholar Lecture Series

ST. PETERSBURG, Fl - The Eminent Scholar Lecture Series (ESLS) is a two day lecture series held annually during the Spring semester. The ESLS is presented by the USF College of Marine Science, and the
US Geological Survey , and sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times. The ESLS brings in four speakers from institutions across the United States and abroad to address a given marine science topic.  All lectures are open to the public.


Spring 2015 ESLS: Frontiers in Marine Science

 

ESLS Frontiers in Marine Science

 

Dates: April (9-10) 2015, Thursday and Friday

Time: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium, FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, USFSP, 100 Eighth Ave. S.E., St. Petersburg, FL

Contact: 727-553-1130

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The 2016 Eminent Scholar Lecture Series

ST. PETERSBURG, Fl - The Eminent Scholar Lecture Series (ESLS) is a two day lecture series held annually during the Spring semester. The ESLS is presented by the USF College of Marine Science, and the
US Geological Survey , and sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times. The ESLS brings in four speakers from institutions across the United States and abroad to address a given marine science topic. All lectures are open to the public.


Spring 2016 ESLS: Extreme Events in the Ocean System

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Watch Live 4/7/16 & 4/8/16 at 1:30pm est.

Extreme Events in the Ocean System

 

Extreme Events in the Ocean System 

Dates: April (7-8) 2016, Thursday and Friday

Time: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium, FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, USFSP, 100 Eighth Ave. S.E., St. Petersburg, FL

Contact: Howard Rutherford at 727-553-3376

 

The St. Petersburg SciCafé is at the Dali Museum

“Featuring Francisco Chavez”
When: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Time: Reception at 6:00PM &
The Panel Discussion is from 6:30PM-7:30PM
1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Event Contact: H. Rutherford, 727-553-3376

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The 6th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Today is the 6th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the northern Gulf of Mexico. A live stream of the 'Dispatches from the Gulf' will be held today via YouTube at 2pm est and 7pm est.

The documentary highlights research from GoMRI members following the oil spill. If you haven't seen the film, it features USF and C-IMAGE researchers throughout. Especially the summer Mud & Blood sampling cruises aboard the R/V Weatherbird II.

Additional Articles:

6 years later, USF charting long-term effects of BP oil spill - Tampa Tribune

USF scientists have prominent role in new oil spill documentary narrated by Matt Damon - 10 ABC Action News

USF researchers study impact of gulf oil spill - FOX 13 News

Oil spill inspired greater scientific knowledge of Gulf of Mexico - Tampa Bay Times

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