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Girls Inc of Pinellas visits the College of Marine Science

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Over 30 girls, ages 7 to 9, visited the College of Marine Science to interact with the faculty, researchers, and student scientists on campus.  The afterschool program blooms into a full camp during the summer months, touring a variety of facilities and interacting with members of the various organizations to exercise mind and body and expand the campers’ horizons.  Led by Makenzie Burrows and Ellie Hudson-Heck, a group of students from CMS and other participants showed the girls what it means to be a marine scientist by creating several hands-on activities to emphasize some important discoveries made in marine science, from the microscopic to the global. 

Participants from the Florida Institute for Oceanography and from the Center for Ocean Technology added richly to the program of activities through demonstrations and explanations of the technology utilized at sea and in the laboratory. 

Last modified on Friday, 23 June 2017 15:58

Going, going, GONE: Global Ocean Oxygen Network

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Oxygen is critical to the health of the planet. It impacts the cycles of carbon, nitrogen and other key elements, and is a fundamental requirement for marine life from the seashore to the greatest depths of the ocean.

Nevertheless, deoxygenation is worsening in the coastal and open ocean. This is mainly the result of human activities, whether through climate change (CO2-induced warming) or through increasing loads of nutrients in the water coming from industrial waste and other untreated discharges.

Brad Seibel of USF's College of Marine Science is a member of the newly formed Global Ocean Oxygen Network (GO2NE. This group is committed to providing a global and multidisciplinary view of deoxygenation, with a focus on understanding the full scale of the problem and offering scientific advice to policy makers to counter this concerning trend. A recent GO2NE meeting at UNESCO Headquarters, 7-9 September 2016, assembled coastal and open ocean scientists, modelers, and biological, chemical and physical oceanographers.

The meeting touched on various questions related to the Network’s scientific work as well as outreach and capacity building: how to facilitate communication with other established networks and working groups, improving observations systems, identifying and filling knowledge gaps, as well as developing related capacity development activities. GO2NE is moreover preparing a summary on deoxygenation for policy makers.

A wide range of actions are planned for the upcoming years to raise awareness on current and future impacts of declining oxygen concentrations on ocean and human health.

Photo: upper row – Brad Seibel, Andreas Oschlies, Veronique Garçon, Maciej Telszewski, Karin Limburg, Nancy Rabalais, Marilaure Gregoire(co-chair), Denise Breitburg (co-chair), Lisa Levin, Ivonne Montes, Grant Pitcher, Dimitri Gutierrez, Denis Gilbert; lower row - Wajih Naqvi, Daniel Con. (not pictured) Mike Roman. 

Last modified on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 17:11

Graduate Student Success: A Model that Works

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - In their most recent issue, Brittany Sheehy, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs published, "Graduate Student Success: A Model that Works."

Brittany’s contribution indicates her commitment to providing quality advising to our students as well as demonstrates her dedication to the profession of advising and the academic success of all students.  Her article can be found at Graduate Student Success: A Model that Works.

We are very proud of Brittany and congratulate her on her achievement.

Graduate Student Symposium

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The annual Graduate Student Symposium is tomorrow January 13, 2017, starting in the MSL Conference Room. Come see the next generation of marine scientists present their exciting research endeavors.

The symposium will start at 9:15 am and conclude with awards and raffle prizes during TGIF at 4:30 pm. The final schedule is attached for your convenience. For every feedback form an audience member fills out for a presentation, he or she will receive one raffle ticket in the raffle drawing. So, even if you're not presenting, if you attend the entire symposium you could have up to 23 chances to win! We'll send your feedback back to the participants anonymously after the symposium so that they can try to improve their presentation skills.

Also, if you have any suggestions for next year's symposium after you've attended, a separate evaluation form can be filled out by following this link:

Breakfast and lunch will also be provided from Publix, Kahwa Coffee, and The Campus Grind. Although we planned on a large number of people, please keep in mind that the food is first come, first serve.

Additionally, the final abstract booklet is attached, so feel free to browse through the presentation subjects ahead time.

Hope to sea you all there! 

2017 GSS Abstract Booklet

2017 GSS Schedule



Last modified on Thursday, 12 January 2017 22:22

Grand Community Clean-Up

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Join with other Bay area ocean environmental Groups to celebrate BLUE Ocean during a series of Pre BLUE Kick-off events.

If you would like to participate, please register at or contact 
Teresa Greely for more information.

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Last modified on Monday, 03 November 2014 20:09

Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr. Ernst B. Peebles is aboard the R/V Weatherbird II with Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) testing lionfish traps twelve miles off the Sarasota, Florida coast in 35 ft. of water.  So far the traps have been unsuccessful.  They are Skyping Live at the Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium at the USF St. Petersburg campus

Last modified on Friday, 14 November 2014 15:39

Has warming, oil pollution, and fishing dramatically altered coastal ecosystems in the northern Gulf of Mexico


Speaker: Joel Fodrie

Affiliation: UNC Chapel-Hill

Seminar Title: Has warming, oil pollution, and fishing dramatically altered coastal ecosystems in the northern Gulf of Mexico

When: Mar. 2, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Chris Stallings

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Last modified on Monday, 17 April 2017 15:52

Heat Balance and Temperature Variability in the Northeast US Coastal Ocean


Speaker: Ke Chen

Affiliation: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Seminar Title: Heat Balance and Temperature Variability in the Northeast US Coastal Ocean

When: Jan. 27, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Yun Li

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Last modified on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 18:32

Improving Estimates of Earth’s Energy Imbalance


Speaker: Dr. Greg Johnson

Affiliation: NOAA PMEL

Seminar Title: Improving Estimates of Earth’s Energy Imbalance

When: Feb. 13, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Don Chambers

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Inspirational Commencement Speech Delivered by Joshua P. Kilborn

TAMPA, FL - On Saturday, December 9, 2017, graduate student Joshua P. Kilborn delivered an impactful commencement speech.  

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Last modified on Thursday, 11 January 2018 15:14

Investigating sediment transport over a 15 year time period on the West Florida Shelf

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Lewis Stewart's research investigates sediment transport over a 15 year time period on the West Florida Shelf. Satellite imagery from Digital Globe Foundation will be important in this investigation, because it will allow Lewis to quantitatively estimate bathymetry and search for visual changes. This imagery grant would give Lewis important access to these high-resolution data, which can be accurately compared to multibeam acoustic data previously collected in this area. This imagery grant would dramatically improve Lewis Stewart's data analyses and improve chances for publishing my thesis in a peer-reviewed journal.

Jacki Long wins first place poster award from Astrobiology Science Conference

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Jacki Long was awarded first place for her student poster from the Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon), for her idea of linking marine biology and astrobiology. This is a big conference with about 800 participants including 90 students. Her poster was titled: Chlorophyll-f: Earth’s Unseen Production and Habitability Under Red Light.

You can read her abstract at:

NASA announcements:

Last modified on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 19:06

Jackie Dixon at OceansDay in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE - Dean Jackie Dixon represented the USF College of Marine Science at the 2014 Oceans Day event in Tallahassee, Florida.

Last modified on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:06

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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JOIDES Resolution is inviting you to a Zoom meeting

ST. PETERSBURG - JOIDES Resolution has arrived at their destination and are setting up to drill their first holes at site BON-2A.  This first webcast is for general audiences, and will basically be a tour of the JR and its labs and facilities. 

Time: Aug 20, 2014 10:00 PM (GMT+09:00) Tokyo (August 20, 9:00am, EST time)

Where: Dean's Conference Room (KRC 3111)

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Kema Malki awarded a 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to Kema Malki, who was awarded a 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and Shannon Burns, who received an Honorable Mention in this year's competition.  Great job to all who applied.

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Last modified on Friday, 17 March 2017 15:07

Launching and Christening Ceremony of R/V W.T. Hogarth

TARPON SPRINGS, FL - The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) and the University of South Florida (USF) System will host a "Launching and Christening Ceremony" at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Tarpon Springs, FL for a new research vessel, the R/V W.T. Hogarth, that will replace FIO’s nearly 50-year-old R/V Bellows.  The new 78-foot vessel will be instrumental in helping academic researchers and marine science students study situations such as an oil spill or red tide outbreak.

The event will take place at Duckworth Steel Boats, the shipyard that is constructing the R/V W.T. Hogarth, located at 1051 Island Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689.

For more information visit FIO

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Last modified on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 18:22

Lee Kump, USF/DMS CMS PhD named Dean of College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - Lee Kump, a University faculty member and leading paleoclimatologist, has been named the new dean of Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, pending approval of the Penn State Board of Trustees on July 21. Kump will serve as interim dean from June 1 to July 20.

Dr. Kump has been the department head in the Department of Geosciences at Penn State, where he's been since he left USF.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 16:31

Linkages between the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, the Gulf Stream and the Atmosphere: circulation, heat content and air-sea interaction


Speaker: Dr. Luanne Thompson

Affiliation: University of Washington

Seminar Title: Linkages between the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, the Gulf Stream and the Atmosphere: circulation, heat content and air-sea interaction

When: Feb. 14, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Amelia Shevenell

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Living Dead: Metabolic Arrest and the Control of Biological Time


Speaker: Dr. Ken Storey, Ph.D., F.R.S.C.

Affiliation: Professor of Biochemistry at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada Research Chair in Molecular Physiology

Seminar Title:

Living Dead: Metabolic Arrest and the Control of Biological Time -

Stresses, from drying to freezing to oxygen deprivation to extreme heat or cold can trigger ”the living dead" – 

animals that are alive but show no apparent life signs.

When: Sept. 23, 2016 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Brad Seibel (USFCMS)

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Making Waves

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - For 25 Years, the Oceanography Camp for Girls at USF's College of Marine Science has been nurturing female scientists of the future. The seagulls gliding beneath the cloudless, blue sky at Caladesi Island have some special guests on a recent morning in late June. The line of visitors, fresh off a short ferry ride from dockside in Dunedin, lug coolers, backpacks and wagons along a winding wooden path. In minutes, they step onto a stretch of pristine white sand and into a world of wonder and discovery.

Read the full article here, By Dave Scheiber, USF Foundation

Last modified on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 18:43

Marine Science Happy Hour Networking - Apr. 5 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Today, Wednesday, April 5th  5-7pm is our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour.  Today we will be at The Tavern at Bayboro 120 6th Ave S St Petersburg FL 33701.  This event is in conjunction with the USF College of Marine Science 50th Anniversary celebration so there will be increased opportunity to network with ocean science alumni from around the world.  The event is self pay and name tags will be provided. 

Parking will likely be a challenge here - there are paid meters on the street along both sides of 1st Ave S and along 8th Ave SE, there is also some parking in the specially designated spaces in the Tavern's lot or you can also find visitor parking in the USF garage on the north side of 6th Ave S and 3rd St across from the USF Student Center - this is 1.5 blocks due west of the Tavern.  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.