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Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event Apr. 19 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Just a final reminder that our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be tomorrow Tuesday, April 19th 2016, from 5-7pm at Ceviche-St Pete (Flamenco Room downstairs), 10 Beach Dr, St Petersburg, FL 33701. 

It is TAPAS TUESDAY and they have beer/sangria and tapas specials! The event is selfpay, metered street (free after 6pm?) and nearby garage parking is available, and nametags will be provided.  We will be downstairs in the Flamenco Room - you can enter off Beach or enter the main level off 1st Ave N and walk down the stairs.

Please join us - and bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues! 

Last modified on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 15:06

Evaluating impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Cam Ainsworth's laboratory is evaluating impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the biota and fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico.  A key aspect to this study is using the 1979 IXTOC oil spill as an analog to understand long-term consequences of the spill and mitigation decisions.  His lab is also developing next generation tools and strategies for ecosystem-based fisheries management in the United States.  Efforts include evaluation of potential management instruments such as harvest control rules, marine protected areas and artificial reefs.  Cam Ainsworth and his students and staff use a range of statistical, agent-based, and box models to consider the interplay between physics, chemistry and biology of the oceans.

Visit The Fisheries and Ecosystem Ecology Lab

Last modified on Friday, 08 April 2016 17:26

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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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.

USFCMS Alumni: Inia Soto Ramos Combines Satellite Imagery and Models to Better Understand Gulf

Hattiesburg, Mississippi - Dr. Inia Soto Ramos grew up in mountainous central Puerto Rico looking forward to the summer holidays to go to the beach.

“I really liked science since I was a kid,” she recalled. “I would look around my house in the mountains for anything to investigate, and I would wait an entire year to get to go to the beach. I was fascinated by the ocean since I was very young.”

Soto Ramos’ interest led her to seek a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Puerto Rico. There she began learning about remote sensing using satellite imagery and geographic information systems (GIS). A six-month internship at Western Washington University through the Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Science Undergraduate Program (MIMSUP) in 2003 firmly set her on her path. There she credits Dr. Brian Bingham with not only introducing her to marine science, but also giving her confidence in her research and presentation skills.

“I was hooked after that,” she laughed. “No going back.”

Read the full article here

Last modified on Friday, 01 April 2016 13:34

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!

From the Moon to Turbulence

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Speaker: Dr. Richard Ray

Affiliation: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Seminar Title: From the Moon to Turbulence

When: April 1, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Gary Mitchum

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Last modified on Monday, 02 May 2016 13:12

Alumni News: Shihadah “Shay” Saleem, MS 2007

Far Rockaway, NY - Shay is a Senior Museum Educator and Coordinator of GOALS (Greater Opportunities Advancing Leadership and Science) for Girls at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. Throughout the year she provides teens, families and communities with opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programming, from free workshops, paid internships and summer experiences. 

Read more about GOALS for Girls

Last modified on Friday, 25 March 2016 18:04

Turbulent cascades and intermittency in winds over the Tropical Pacific

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Speaker: Dr. Greg King

Affiliation: Institute of Marine Sciences (CISC) Barcelona, Spain

Seminar Title: Turbulent cascades and intermittency in winds over the Tropical Pacific

Seminar Abstract: Under typical conditions, turbulent fluid motions are three-dimensional and energy cascades from large scales to small scales. However, in the atmosphere over the range of scales governing weather henomena (the mesoscales: 2-2000 km), geophysical constraints (stratification, rotation, thin atmosphere) decouple motions into layers.  This quasi-two-dimensional flow motivates a picture of stratified turbulence with an upscale cascade (from small scales to large scales). To test this picture of turbulence requires an observational dataset of global winds -- an enormous undertaking.  Attempts to provide a definitive answer on the cascade direction eluded investigators until Erik Lindborg (1999) proposed a test based on Kolmogorov's third-order structure function law (the most rigorous result in turbulence theory). This test, when applied to a dataset of global upper troposphere winds, indicated, to great surprise, that the cascade was downscale.

In this talk I will describe the application of the third-order structure function test to the mesoscale winds over the Tropical Pacific Ocean. The winds we studied were measured from space by instruments (called scatterometers) carried on the NASA QuikSCAT satellite and the European MetOp-A satellite.  Our analysis supplied further surprises: evidence for both upscale and downscale cascades, depending on geographical region and season. Our results show that turbulence models need to include information about air-sea interaction.

When: March 24, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Boris Galperin

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Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event Feb 22 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be Tuesday, March 22nd 2016 at 4:30-6:30pm. This month's event will be held at 3 Daughters Brewery, 222 22nd St S, St Petersburg, FL 33712.  Erica Moulton of St Pete Makers has offered to host a free tour of their new facility which is within a short walk of the brewery, for those that are interested in seeing what they have to offer during happy hour.

The happy hour event is self pay, they have ample onsite parking and name tags will be provided.  We will be inside the front bar area, but they also have a game room in the rear by the brewing area. Please join us and bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues.

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Last modified on Monday, 21 March 2016 17:57

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

Read more about Blue Water Recoveries

Last modified on Tuesday, 15 March 2016 16:38

CARBONATES IN A COLD OCEAN; THE EVOLVING PARADIGM

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Speaker: Dr. Noel James

Affiliation: Department of Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering, Queen’s University

Seminar Title: CARBONATES IN A COLD OCEAN; THE EVOLVING PARADIGM

When: March 21, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Gene Domack

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Last modified on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 17:07

Variations of the Global Net Air-Sea Heat Flux During the “Hiatus” Period (2001–2010)

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Air-sea heat exchange directly links the ocean and the atmosphere and is an important factor for controlling the atmospheric and oceanic circulations. Knowing how the net air-sea heat flux varies on different spatial and temporal scales is critically important for detecting and understanding the consequences of climate change and climate variability on the ocean heat budget and the ocean circulations. In this study (Liang and Yu, 2016), an assessment is made of the mean and variability of the net air-sea heat flux from four products (ECCO, OAFlux/CERES, ERA-Interim and NCEP1 over the global ice-free oceans from January 2001 to December 2010. For the 10-year “hiatus” period, all products agree on an overall net heat gain over the global ice-free ocean, but the magnitude varies significantly.

The differences among products are particularly large in the Southern Ocean. Decadal trends of Qnet differ significantly between products. ECCO and OAFlux/CERES show almost no trend, whereas ERA-Interim suggests a downward trend and NCEP1 shows an upward trend. The downward trend in ERA-Interim started from 2006, driven by a peculiar pattern change in the tropical regions. ECCO, which used ERA-Interim as initial surface forcings and is constrained by ocean dynamics and ocean observations, corrected the pattern. Among the four products, ECCO and OAFlux/CERES show great similarities in the examined spatial and temporal patterns. Given that the two estimates were obtained using different approaches and based on largely independent observations, these similarities are encouraging and instructive. It is therefore more likely that the global net air-sea heat flux does not change much during the “hiatus” period.

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Last modified on Friday, 11 March 2016 13:56

Jacqueline Dixon Joins DTM as the 20th Merle A. Tuve Senior Fellow

Washington, D.C. - Jacqueline Dixon, dean of the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science, joins DTM as the 20th Merle A. Tuve Senior Fellow. Her Tuve Lecture will be held on 7 April, 2016, in the Greenewalt Auditorium.

DTM's Tuve Fellowship started in 1996 in honor of the late Merle A. Tuve, who served as DTM director from 1946-1966. Chosen at the discretion of the director of DTM, recipients are provided housing support and DTM resources to work on problems of mutual interest with current staff members at DTM.

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A Thorny Matter: Invasion of the Indo-Pacific Lionfish in the Western Atlantic

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Lionfish were introduced by aquarium hobbyists to waters off the southeast coast of Florida in the 1980s.  Over the past ten years, these beautiful, ornate fish have rapidly spread across the entire tropical western Atlantic, from North Carolina to Venezuela, throughout the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.  The population sizes in the invaded range commonly exceed those from their native habitats by several orders of magnitude.  With a seemingly insatiable appetite for our native fishes, and a lack of local predators and disease to keep them in check, Lionfish can have detrimental effects on the invaded marine ecosystem.  In this talk, we will review the history of the invasion, discuss the biology and ecology that has allowed them to be so successful, highlight some damaging impacts they can have, and finish with what scientists are doing to combat the problem.

Dr. Stallings is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science.  His research seeks to understand the factors that affect the sizes of fish populations, including those that are of commercial and recreational importance.  His recent work on Lionfish has included the largest field experiment ever attempted to estimate the effort required to reduce their populations, analyzing removal data from the National Park Service, and lobbying the Florida Congress to heighten awareness and increase action from the state.

The speaker series is located at Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center at 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St Petersburg, FL 33702. Light refreshments generously donated from the Friends of Weedon Island (http://fowi.org) will be served prior to the 7 p.m. seminar. Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in.

This program is recommended for an adult audience.   For more information click on this event.

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Three long short-stories from the Atlantic

ST. PETERSBURG -

Speaker: Dr. Hjálmar Hátún

Affiliation: The Faroe Marine Research Institute

Seminar Title: Three long short-stories from the Atlantic

When: March 4, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Dr. Anni Djurhuus / Dr. Mya Breitbart

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Last modified on Thursday, 03 March 2016 16:01

Device that detects faux fish is catching on

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The market is showing an interest in technology developed through the University of South Florida that can instantly determine whether a grouper is really a grouper. In the future, similar technology may signal whether wild-caught shrimp, tuna and red snapper live up to their claims, and even whether that glop floating offshore is really an example of the scourge known as red tide.

A USF professor and former graduate student obtained a patent last year on GrouperChek, a test that identifies the target gene in grouper to determine whether it’s actually grouper or a common substitute such as tilapia or catfish.

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Ocean acidification: ancient events and the future

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Speaker: Dr. Lee Kump

Affiliation: Penn State

Seminar Title: Ocean acidification: ancient events and the future

When: Feb. 26, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Eugene Shinn

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Last modified on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 15:38

CIMAGE II unveils a fresh new look

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The launch of CIMAGE II's new website, offers quick and easy access to essential information on research initiative and their research results. 

View CIMAGE II website

Last modified on Friday, 19 February 2016 17:34

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

Last modified on Friday, 19 February 2016 16:21

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking Event Feb 17 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -Thursday, February 17, 2016 is our Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour.  It will be held at 4:30-6:30pm and it is our last time at The Canopy Rooftop Lounge for awhile (atop the Birchwood Hotel 340 Beach Drive Northeast St, St. Petersburg, FL 33701).

The event 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 Canopy always has a great happy hour offering of beer, wine, and softdrinks as well as cocktails - and at affordable prices. Please join us - and bring your ocean science professional friends and colleagues.

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Last modified on Monday, 21 March 2016 17:31

Welcome new USFCMS Faculty Members

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Welcome to USF College of Marine Science!  We’re delighted that you've joined our thriving community of faculty (and, of course, students, staff, and alumni).  To read more about our new faculty members, please click on the links below.

Brad Seibel, Professor, College of Marine Science

Yun Li, Assistant Research Professor, College of Marine Science

Xinfeng Liang, Assistant Professor, College of Marine Science

 

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