Poop and perception: A transdisciplinary approach to managing coastal microbial water quality in Costa Rica

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Speakers/Affiliations: Erin Symonds, Sackett Award winner

Seminar Title: Poop and perception: A transdisciplinary approach to managing coastal microbial water quality in Costa Rica

When: Oct. 5, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Mya Breitbart/David Naar

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The role of siderophores in the uptake and cycling of iron

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Speakers/Affiliations: Randie Bundy, University of Washington

Seminar Title: The role of siderophores in the uptake and cycling of iron

When: Sept. 29, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Kristin Buck

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USF Researchers Awarded $5 Million Grant to continue study in BP Oil Spill

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - USF College of Marine Science researchers will continue studies on how the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has impacted the environment and how future environmental disasters might be better mitigated.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:44

Mark Luther Cited in Washington Post

TAMPA, FL - "The storm weakened as it raked Cuba. As Irma approached Southwest Florida, where its eye would fall was a guessing game, said Mark Luther, a University of South Florida oceanographer who studied National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data showing Irma’s strength and path.

Even with weaker winds, “If it veers to the left of us, we’re going to get hammered,” Luther said, because the storm would lift the shallow waters of the bay and shove up to 12 feet of water on land. But it stayed well to the east. “The storm also moved quickly through the area so that the winds didn’t have time to push as much water toward the coast and up the bay,” Luther said." 

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Last modified on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:12

Methane Plumes in the Deep Northern Gulf of Mexico

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Speakers/Affiliations: Chris Martens, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Seminar Title: Methane Plumes in the Deep Northern Gulf of Mexico

When: Sept. 22, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Mark Luther

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RF Sensors for Remote Sensing the Earth and the importance of RF Spectrum Management

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Speakers/Affiliations: Sandra Cruz-Pol, University of Puerto Rico at Mayguez

Seminar Title: RF Sensors for Remote Sensing the Earth and the importance of RF Spectrum Management

When: Sept. 21, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: David Naar/Bernard Batson/Frank Muller-Karger

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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

When: August 25, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Mya Breitbart

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NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program

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Speakers/Affiliations: Erica Hudson Ombres, NOAA

Seminar Title: NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program

When: August 24, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Don Chambers

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Philanthropist Anne Von Rosenstiel tours the laboratories of the USF College of Marine Science

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Anne Von Rosenstiel maintains the same passion for the marine sciences that her late husband Werner Von Rosenstiel held.  Their philanthropic efforts have supported roughly 100 students up to the present and will continue into the future as her recent visit demonstrates. 

Anne and her daughter, Kathleen Davis, were joined by fellow guests, Drs. Susan and Peter Betzer.  A tour of selected labs from the Marine Science Laboratory and the Knight Oceanographic Research Center was guided by Howard Rutherford and presentations of the equipment, devices, and applications of the science were given by students Alex Ilich, Susan Snyder, Kelly Vasbinder, Jordon Meyer, and Erin Cuyler, and by faculty member Robert Byrne. 

The presenters expressed current and future relevance of their research to society, specifically through advanced fish population monitoring, analysis of toxic ingredients in sea life, modeling ocean parameters to improve Marine Protected Areas, satellite observations of ocean circulation and mixing which signal changes in climate, and the development of affordable devices that will allow citizen scientists to observe the effects of ocean acidification in our coastal waters. 

By Sean Beckwith

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Last modified on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 13:19

Senator Bill Nelson visits USFSP for a field hearing

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - On Thursday, August 10, 2017, Senator Bill Nelson convened a field hearing by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in USFSP’s Student Center.  Titled “Threats Facing Florida’s Tourism Driven Economy,” the opening remarks by Senator Nelson and others on the committee brought attention to the negative impacts of human-caused disasters and a changing climate on tourism in the state of Florida, an issue which affects every resident in some facet.  Four witnesses from various industries were given time to offer their statements imploring the senator to continue to fight for legislation and funding that will have the greatest benefit on the environment and residents of Florida.  The panel of committee members then questioned the witnesses for their thoughts on how best to implement the changes needed to steward our environment and, thereby, preserve a very robust tourism industry. 

Additionally, a round table of USF professors and senate staff members was held in the morning ahead of the senate committee hearing.  Drawing on the knowledge from each of their fields of research, the faculty members made clear the scientific infrastructure that must remain intact in order to comprehend the impacts of natural and human-induced environmental challenges facing our population.  Concerns discussed included:  sea level rise and coastal structures, ports hazard management, seagrass health, clean drinking water, NASA earth observations, the importance of long-term monitoring and data collection, overfishing as the result of misguided regulation, St. Petersburg as a scientific center of excellence, and the ongoing cycle of beach erosion, renourishment and shore protection. 

Story By: Sean Beckwith

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