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Book Signing with Local Marine Scientist and Author

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - This Saturday May 28, 2016 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm at the Barnes and Noble USF downtown, Dr. Ellen Prager will be signing books to celebrate the release of Stingray City. It's the third book in her fun ocean adventure fiction series for middle graders.

Broadening not strengthening of the Agulhas Current since the early 1990’s


Speaker: Lisa Beal

Affiliation: Univ. of Miami, RSMAS

Seminar Title: Broadening not strengthening of the Agulhas Current since the early 1990’s

When: Apr. 28, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Mark Luther

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Buck Lab at Sea

Western Antarctic Peninsula - What Are They Doing?  The project focuses on an important group of photosynthetic algae in the Southern Ocean (SO), diatoms, and the roles associated bacterial communities play in modulating their growth.

Where Are They? The research team will be traveling on-board the icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer. The expedition will begin and end in Punta Arenas, Chile and traveling along Western Antarctic Peninsula.

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Last modified on Monday, 03 October 2016 14:18

C-IMAGE 10 minute podcast series now available on iTunes

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Download C-IMAGE full podcast series, The Loop, now available on iTunes. Learn about the studies and initiatives of C-IMAGE in 10-minute episodes covering excursions into the Gulf, 'deep-sea in a can' experiments, and predicting spill impacts on ecosystems.

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C-SCAMP team offshore on the Weatherbird II

WEST FLORIDA SHELF, GULF OF MEXICO - C-SCAMP research team performed towed video data collection using the CBASS camera system along with acoustic data collection (multibeam sonar of the seafloor and an echo sounder for the fish in the water column) on the West Florida Shelf, specifically in the areas known as “The Elbow” and the Florida Middle Grounds.  They captured the images below along a section of the Gulfstream pipeline.  It's a sandbar shark and a loggerhead turtle and C-SCAMP has seen a healthy population of fish. 


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Callum Roberts Blue Ocean Lecture

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Professor Roberts will present a picture of the ocean’s past, pieced together from a constellation of fragments from exploration, travel, biology, literature, and archaeology, to reveal an ocean teeming with life.  Much of that world has disappeared, not by design but inadvertently and unheralded.  Bringing it back is proving harder than expected, and demands commitment to a level of protection that few nations yet fully appreciate or are prepared to embrace.  This talk will outline actions necessary for recovery of healthy ocean ecosystems.

Seminar Speaker: Dr. Callum Roberts
Professor of Marine Conservation, University of York, UK

When: Tuesday, November 4 at 3:30pm

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Speaker: Dr. Noel James

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


When: March 21, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Gene Domack

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Catherine Smith has been awarded the "Best Student Poster" award

St. Petersburg, Fl -

Catherine has been awarded the "Best Student Poster" award at the recent Geological Society of America-AASP-TSP joint Annual Meeting, this by the AASP-TSP (American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists-The Palynological Society).

Judged by an ad hoc committee formed by AASP Awards Committee members at the time of the annual meeting. The criteria are established by the judging committee and should include neatness and attractiveness of the poster including its graphics; scientific merit of the research problem; clarity and innovativeness of the research methods; clarity and simplicity of the results. Awardee must be first author, should be a student, or if the awardee has formally completed a graduate degree, cannot have been employed more than 6 months before the award is made.

Please congratulate her for a job well done.

Last modified on Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:44

Center for Maritime and Port Studies: Education and skills for safer harbors

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - An estimated 50% of the world’s people live in coastal zones.  The sea is the avenue for 90% of the world’s commerce and 95% of U.S. international trade.  An expanded use of port facilities will require an increasing number of technically trained workers, particularly as security tightens at ports around the country. 

The Center for Maritime and Port Studies (CMPS) within USF’s College of Marine Science aims to lead prospective students of all backgrounds to much needed industry positions through a non-thesis Master’s program that will broaden their knowledge of oceanic and atmospheric interactions and provide technical studies on port infrastructure and the maritime transportation industry.  The curriculum is under development, and, currently, students have the option to add coursework in port studies on top of their degree work in oceanography.  On-line education, training and professional development will provide a way for people currently working in the port industry to obtain a graduate-level degree. 

Researching and testing advanced sensors to be deployed within port infrastructures is an essential aspect of the mission statement of CMPS.  Collaboration with the USF College of Public Health, the USF College of Engineering, the USF College of Business, and the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability provides a multi-disciplinary approach that will benefit the port industry greatly.  From environmental contamination detectors to bomb-sniffing sensors, the new wave of technology, properly tested, will ensure safer waters for years to come. 

With the large growth in port traffic expected at ports around the Gulf of Mexico and across the southeastern U.S., Dr. Mark Luther and many connected with maritime industries have a desire to see that growth occur in a sustainable manner. 

Last modified on Monday, 22 May 2017 12:45

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. 

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Clam Bayou Cleanup for BLUE 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - This past Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Clam Bayou USF Marine Science's E&O team hosted 57 volunteers who collectively removed 214 pounds of marine debris from the ocean. Our volunteers included students, teachers and parents from the following.

Admiral Farragut Academy - 71# debris
Canterbury School - 65# debris
Lakewood High School - 24# debris
Scubanauts International - 18# debris
USF Marine Science - 36# debris

Special thanks to Pam and Bob Muller, Marcy Cockrell, Kate Dubikas, Gabrielle Browning, Adrienne Hollister, Makenna Martin, Jared Koverski, and Teresa Greely to making this event a success.

Climate and the redistribution of life in the sea

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Marine organisms are affected by increasing temperatures and by declining oxygen and pH levels associated with changes in the global climate.  Dr. Brad Seibel and fellow researchers seek to better understand how these changes affect unique as well as commercially important species in the oceans and to eventually map critical areas of depleted oxygen concentrations. 

Squids are an interesting group of organisms in that they have extremely high metabolic requirements yet they are also incredibly sensitive to oxygen concentrations in the water column because their bodies are constrained in how they are able to utilize oxygen.  They circumvent the issue by resting when at depth to decrease their metabolic rate. 

Working especially with the jumbo squid (Dosidicus gigas), one of Dr. Seibel’s research projects follows changes in the distribution of this species due to climate effects on temperature, oxygen and pH.  What regions of the ocean, as well as to what depth ranges these squids will migrate is of great interest.

Dosidicus gigas swims in a flow tunnel. Credit: Stephani Gordon, Open Boat Films.


Another project focuses on zooplankton, small organisms near the base of the food chain that feed on phytoplankton and smaller zooplankton.  These tiny organisms are more efficient than squid at extracting oxygen but also show signs of migration related to the changing climate, especially vertical migration in which they seek higher oxygen concentrations at shallower depths. 

A third project looks at black sea bass, longfin squid and spiny dogfish sharks, three commercially important species in the northeastern U.S.  Flow chambers allow researchers to measure metabolic rates while the organism is swimming against a current and while at rest in order to determine its total metabolic scope.  An optimal aerobic scope exists at a certain temperature, above which activity, growth, and reproduction will suffer.

In addition to studying specific effects on organisms, Dr. Seibel and his group plan to map areas of low oxygen, called Oxygen Minimum Zones, which they have found to occur at finer spatial scales than was previously understood. 

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CMS Alumni received FL Sea Grant’s Don Sweat Extension award

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Libby Carnahan, Florida Sea Grant agent for UF/IFAS Extension in Pinellas County, has been awarded the 2016 Don Sweat Sea Grant Extension Award.

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CMS Antarctic Researchers in Asia

Incheon, South Korea - Two CMS students, Cristina Subt and Theresa King, along with professor Eugene Domack, recently ventured to a meeting with the Korean Polar Research Institute in Incheon to organize future research expeditions aboard the South Korean ice breaker, Araon. From there, the group traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and attended the Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research (SCAR) meeting from August 20-30, 2016. This meeting is an international meeting bringing together representatives of all nations actively conducting research in Antarctica.

Cristina Subt presented a poster on her recent research, and Dr. Domack and Theresa King both presented oral presentations of their research at the meeting. Theresa King received best overall oral presentation for early career scientist. 

CMS Students Attend Capitol Hill Oceans Week 2016

Washington D.C. - Nine USF students, including eight from CMS, traveled to Washington D.C. for the 2016 Capitol Hill Oceans Week, June 7-9. In addition to attending CHOW events, we arranged 30 meetings with members of Congress or their staff to encourage them to support ecosystem-based fisheries management. The students were enrolled in spring semeter's Ocean Policy course, led by Professors Frank Muller-Karger and Mark Luther. It was a very successful trip, and a great learning experience for students.

CMS Students on NOAA Ocean Acidification Cruise

KEY WEST, FL - USF College of Marine Science students Jon Sharp, Katelyn Schockman, and Ellie Hudson-Heck from the Byrne Lab, along with Eckerd College intern Courtney Tierney, are currently sailing aboard NOAA’s R/V Ronald H. Brown on the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems and Carbon Cycle Cruise (GOMECC-3). The Brown departed Key West, Florida on July 18, 2017 and will return to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on August 21, 2017, after a full loop around the Gulf of Mexico.

This is the most comprehensive ocean acidification cruise in this region to date, and the first of its kind to explore Mexican waters. Jon, Katelyn, Ellie, and Courtney are measuring pH and carbonate ion concentrations in the Gulf. These data will be vital for evaluating the progression of ocean acidification across the basin and on regional scales, with a particular focus on coastal dynamics. 

You can follow along with GOMECC-3 at the official cruise blog at or via Twitter using the hashtags #GOMECC3 and #GulfOA

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Coastal and Operational Forecasting Research at The Davidson Laboratory


Speakers/Affiliations: Alan Blumberg, Stevens Institute of Technology

Seminar Title: Coastal and Operational Forecasting Research at The Davidson Laboratory

When: Feb. 23, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Robert Weisberg

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Coastal Ocean Circulation Influences on Matters of Societal Concern

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Today, February 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM EST, Dr. Robert Weisberg of University of South Florida College of Marine Science will be discussing coastal ocean circulation. Reserve your spot now.

Title: Coastal Ocean Circulation Influences on Matters of Societal Concern
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 12 PM ET
Speaker: Dr. Bob Weisberg, University of South Florida College of Marine Science
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The coastal ocean, defined as the continental shelf and the estuaries, is where society meets the sea. It is where bathing and boating abound, where major recreational and commercial fisheries are situated along with maritime commerce hubs, where harmful algal blooms occur, fossil fuels are tapped and alternative energy sources are considered for exploitation, and where tourists and residents simply go to relax. In essence, the coastal ocean is the epicenter for maritime ecosystems services. Managing all of these coastal ocean utilizations, some competitive with one another, and planning for future, sustainable uses, requires the ability to describe the state of the coastal ocean and to predict the effects that may ensue from either naturally occurring or human-induced influences. The state of the coastal ocean is largely determined by the ocean circulation. The circulation is what unites nutrients with light, fueling primary productivity, what determines the water properties in which fish and other organisms reside and what controls the movement of larvae between spawning and settlement regions. The circulation also determines the movement of harmful substances spilled into the sea and the conduct of search and rescue operations. Applications for red tide, gag grouper recruitment and the transport of Deepwater Horizon oil to northern Gulf of Mexico beaches will be discussed.

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Cognitive bias is scientific research


Speakers/Affiliations: Pete Rose, Rose & Associates

Seminar Title: Cognitive bias is scientific research

When: Nov. 17, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Gene Shinn

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Come and enjoy a pint of science

TAMPA, Fl - Join Mya Breitbart in “We’re only human” an expression so easily used but so bad at describing what complex and wonderful organisms we really are.  Dr. Breitbart will be discussing, Human beings or microbial masses? Introducing the tiny bugs that make us who we are.  For more information visit our Facebook page.

Construction Begins On New Research Vessel

TARPON SPRINGS, FL - Next summer (2017), a group of marine researchers and local politicians who gathered at a Tarpon Springs shipyard for a ceremonial keel laying plan to return for the dedication of a new research ship. With the touching of a blow torch to the keel Wednesday morning, construction formally began on the 78-foot vessel at Duckworth Steel Boats. The currently unnamed craft will replace the R/V Bellows, a 46-year-old research ship operated by the Florida Institute of Oceanography.

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Corals and their microbial symbionts: a model systems approach


Speaker: Dr. Cory Krediet

Affiliation: Eckerd College

Seminar Title: Corals and their microbial symbionts: a model systems approach 

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

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Dr. Mya Breitbart

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