News and Events
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.
New Orleans, LA - In light of recent publications of longstanding sexual and physical harassment and abuse in the field, we request that the NSF-directed US Antarctic Program clarify its policies for reporting harassment, investigations of allegations, and enforcements of codes of conduct. Recent events show that domineering behaviors, mainly by men in power positions (Principal Investigator, lead scientist, senior camp member, etc.) are more common when victims feel empowered to speak out. However, the remote and physically-challenging environment of Antarctic make this a special case, and a potentially more dangerous one.
Please sign petition http://bit.ly/2B3tA24 requesting a more meaningful role for NSF in investigating harassment in remote field locations, including Antarctica (login info to left of sign-in). If you are at AGU17, see Brad Rosenheim for details.
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.
Also, an academic paper was published today in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology. This paper is free to download at the following site.
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
Where: MSL Conference Room (134)
Host: Brad E. Rosenheim
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.
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.
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.
Friday, April 22, 2016 - Fieldtrips
Saturday, April 23, 2016 - Competition
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - Competition
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.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - A group of 47 students from Stewart Magnet Middle School along with teachers and chaperones visited the College of Marine Science on Friday, December 1st, 2017, to learn oceanographic research practices directly from the scientists themselves. The magnet school is STEM focused with electives that include aerospace, engineering, environmental, robotics, computer, and video game design. Their partnerships include NASA, NOAA, Tuskegee Airmen, U.S. Air Force, FBI and more.
Representing the Center for Ocean Technology (COT), the Institute for Marine Remote Sensing (IMaRS), and the Ocean Monitoring and Prediction Lab, students, faculty and researchers of CMS led three groups of Stewart Middle students around the halls and the docks of the peninsular campus in Bayboro Harbor. Members of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) enriched the tour with explanations of the research fleet and an in-depth tour of the Weatherbird II, FIO’s flagship research vessel.
The introduction to the day’s studies was given by Frank Muller-Karger who has worked with teachers from Stewart Middle to educate students on marine science and technology for the past 18 years. Dr. Muller-Karger teaches remote sensing and directs the IMaRS group. After a tour of the Weatherbird and a hands-on demonstration of marine sensors, the students were provided exercises on sea floor mapping and remote sensing of environmental parameters useful to understanding biodiversity. The young students kept the faculty and researchers on their toes with some astute questions, offering the prospect of at least a few future oceanographers.
Written By: Sean Beckwith
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.
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.
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.
Surprising diversity of CO2 concentrating mechanisms in sulfur oxidizing bacteria from marine habitats and elsewhere
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Speakers/Affiliations: KT Scott, USF Integrative Biology
Seminar Title: Surprising diversity of CO2 concentrating mechanisms in sulfur oxidizing bacteria from marine habitats and elsewhere
Where: MSL Conference Room (134)
Host: Mya Breitbart
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.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL -
Where: MSL Conference Room (134)
Host: Marcy Cockrell/Murawski Lab
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:
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.
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.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 4:30-6:30pm at the Tavern at Bayboro. This event will also serve as the 2nd Annual Vembu Cheers - a memorial to his passing a year ago. Even if you didn't know Vembu please join us, it will be just like our other events. The event is self pay and name tags will be provided.
You can park at street meters or in the nearby USF garage in visitor spaces. 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.
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.
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.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be tomorrow Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 4:30-6:30pm at Canopy Rooftop Bar atop the Birchwood Hotel, 340 Beach Dr. NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701. The event is self pay and name tags will be provided. You can park at street meters or in nearby garages. Please share this notice and join us and bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues.