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Viruses and the frozen continent


Speaker: Dr. Arvind Varsani

Affiliation: Arizon State University

Seminar Title: Viruses and the frozen continent

When: Nov. 4, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Mya Breitbart & Karyna Rosario

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Watch Live: Dr. Verena Trenkel


Speaker: Dr. Verena Trenkel

Affiliation: Researcher, Ifremer, France

Seminar Title: Functional Ecological Groups in Ecosystem Modeling

When: Oct. 18, 2016 12:00pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Dr. Kai Lorenzen (UF), Dr. Sue Lowerre-Barbieri (FWRI), and Dr. Steve Murawski (USF)

About: Dr. Verena Trenkel is an outstanding scholar who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the quantitative fisheries sciences. Her major contributions include the development of novel indicators, survey methods and statistical approaches for assessing the conservation status of fish stocks and communities. For example, her work on indicators of fishing impacts on fish communities (Can J Fish Aquat Sci 60: 67-86 and 86-99, 2003) is among the most widely cited and used contributions on the subject. She has pioneered and rigorously tested the use of novel observation methods such as cameras mounted on remotely operated vehicles for quantitative population estimates (ICES J Mar Sci 61: 1050-1056, 2004) and also developed novel modeling and statistical approaches that allow population assessment from limited data, such as biomass survey indices without information on fisheries catches (Can J Fish Aquat Sci 65: 1024-1035, 2008). She has published over 80 peer reviewed papers and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Living Aquatic Resources and as Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Dr. Trenkel will spend four days is Florida, three at the University of Florida in Gainesville and one at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and University of South Florida College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg.

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Welcome back new and returning CMS students

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Today we are welcoming our new and returning students to the College of Marine Science.  Welcome back students.  Go Bulls!

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


Last modified on Friday, 12 February 2016 17:01

What exactly is a red tide?

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Red tide is a common name for a phenomenon known as an algal bloom (large concentrations of aquatic microorganisms) when it is caused by a few species of dinoflagellates and the bloom takes on a red or brown color.

Dr. Jason Lenes, from The Collaboration for Prediction of Red tides (CPR) explains how a red tide forms. The Collaboration for Prediction of Red tides (CPR) a jointly funded project between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWC- FWRI) and the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science (USF-CMS). Their mission focuses on development of an automated, coupled physical-biological model capable of predicting and tracking the dominant Florida red tide species, Karenia brevis, within coastal waters of the southeastern United States. 

View interview below (5:48).


Last modified on Thursday, 19 May 2016 13:56

What’s killing a coral reef 100 miles out in the Gulf

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - This week on University Beat, USF scientists are trying to figure out what’s killing a coral reef 100 miles out in the Gulf. A team of USF biologists is assessing the impact of the partially-treated sewage spill in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Last modified on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 15:27

Why Do We Explore? Professional Development Series Event

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Professional Development Series Event - Part One for Educators of Grades 5-12

WHEN:  Saturday, October 4, 2014 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

In Partnership with University of South Florida, College of Marine Science and Hosted by the Clam Bayou Marine Education Center St. Petersburg, Florida.

An essential component of the NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) mission is to enhance ocean science literacy and to build interest in careers that support ocean-related work. To help fulfill this mission, the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and students to become engaged in real time with the voyages and discoveries of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer - America’s first Federal ship dedicated to Ocean Exploration.

Join NOAA OER Facilitator Melissa Ryan, as you are introduced to Volume 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: Why Do We Explore? Participants will learn how to use standards based lessons and other online resources that guide classroom inquiries into important reasons for ocean exploration including Climate Change, Energy, Ocean Health and Human Health. This is Part One of a two-part professional development series. Part Two will be offered at a later date.

Registration is required and space is limited. Educators attending the full day will receive Volume 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, Why Do We Explore?, other resources, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, a continental breakfast and lunch. Those educators attending Part One and Part Two will receive a $100 stipend.

Registration deadline is September 12, 2014

Contact Angela Lodge at for registration form.
Return it to her by email or fax it to her attention at 727-552-2581.

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Wonders of a Marine National Monument

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument - Research vessel Okeanos Explorer has been collecting data and videos in the ocean and some of the astonishing creatures that live there.

Read the full article here