Extreme temperatures in southeast Asia caused by El Niño and worsened by global warming


Speakers/Affiliations: Kaustubh Thirumalai, Brown University

Seminar Title: Extreme temperatures in southeast Asia caused by El Niño and worsened by global warming

When: July 20, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Julie Richey

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Last modified on Thursday, 13 July 2017 13:24

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.

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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. 

Last modified on Friday, 28 July 2017 13:48

Oceanography Camp for Girls 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Oceanography Camp for Girls, which held its 25th anniversary last year, has just graduated another class of aspiring scientists and environmentally conscious thinkers.  The three-week camp teaches girls about science by having them be the scientist.  Hands-on work in the field and laboratory, as well as a strong focus on careers, gives participants a holistic view of what it means to be a scientist and what a future STEM career might look like.  Under the leadership of Dr. Teresa Greely and Dr. Angela Lodge and the teaching and mentoring of the graduate students of the College of Marine Science (CMS), the girls learn the social and technical aspects of working in science. 

Faculty members and researchers of CMS and scientists from the community fulfilled additional teaching roles and provided the girls further career insight.  Field excursions included Fort Desoto, Shell Key, Caladesi Island, Clam Bayou, Sea World and a research cruise aboard the R/V Angari.  Laboratory rotations throughout CMS demonstrated concepts from microbiology, advanced microscopy, seawater analysis, satellite remote sensing, fish physiology, marine medical services, ROV techniques, beach profiling, and geological sedimentary analysis.  The scientists put an exclamation on their camp experience with presentations of their projects at a ceremony held in FWC-FWRI’s Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium.  

Last modified on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:07

Tampa Bay Marine Science Networking Happy Hour Event June 28 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be on Wednesday, June 28th 2017 at 4:30-6:30pm at newly opened Lolita's Urban Wine Market located at 16 18th Street S. St Petersburg, FL 33712.  The event is self pay and name tags will be provided. You can park on the street or in the stadium overflow lot across from the market beneath the interstate which is not patrolled since it is not a Ray's game night.  They have wine (as the name suggests) - But they also have beer from all 7 of the local breweries. In addition they have amazing chacuterie.  Their Wednesday wine specials are $5 per glass.


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.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 11:53

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

Production and Traceability of NIST Electrochemical Standard Reference Materials


Speakers/Affiliations: Kenneth Pratt, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Seminar Title: Production and Traceability of NIST Electrochemical Standard Reference Materials

When: July 3, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Robert Byrne

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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

Michael Martinez-Colon receives GRP Early-Career Research Fellowship

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr. Michael Martinez-Colon, receives the prestigious 2017  Early-Career Research Fellowship from the Gulf Research Program, in his capacity as an Assistant Professor at FAMU.  According to their website, "this fellowship is designed to allow new and emerging pre-tenure faculty to investigate untested research questions and to engage in collaborations and networks that will serve as foundation for cementing their research agenda. The two-year fellowship provides unrestricted funds that allows the participants explore ideas and potential avenues to expand and acquire new knowledge." 

The photo shown is from his field work in Puerto Rico last year.  For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/2ryY9ck


Last modified on Friday, 16 June 2017 14:37

Deep-sea corals and methane seep communities of Atlantic submarine canyons


Speakers/Affiliations: Sandra Brooke, Florida State University Coastal and Marine Lab

Seminar Title: Deep-sea corals and methane seep communities of Atlantic submarine canyons

When: June 15, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Chris Stallings

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Last modified on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 14:06

Tampa Bay Marine Science Networking Happy Hour Event June 8 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - We are celebrating World Ocean Day for the next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour.  It will be this Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Ale & the Witch in the Courtyard Shoppes, 111 2nd Ave NE, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701 from 4:30-6:30pm.  They have a new happy hour called the witching hour until 6pm (M-Th) when all pints and tulip glasses are just $4.  You can park in the garage to the north, other nearby garages, or in street meters.  The event is self pay and name tags will be provided. Share this invitation with your ocean professional friends.

After, you can move the World Ocean Day party over to the FREE family fun Blue Ocean Film Festival movie in Straub Park, with shorts and a feature screen of the best in show film Bag It going on until 10pm. Or you can stick around A&W’s courtyard for some live music by Kyle and Shannon at 8pm.

Save the dates for future happy hours: June 28, 2017 and July 18, 2017, places TBA soon.

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