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
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Speakers/Affiliations: Sandra Brooke, Florida State University Coastal and Marine Lab
Seminar Title: Deep-sea corals and methane seep communities of Atlantic submarine canyons
Where: MSL Conference Room (134)
Host: Chris Stallings
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.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Publications department recently recognized USF College of Marine Science's Amelia Shevenell and Don Chambers for their peer-reviewed literature in 2016.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - One billion liters of seawater would be required to gather just 25 grams of iron, yet this trace element is essential to every form of life on the planet. A group of scarce but biologically important elements in the ocean, referred to as trace metals, can either limit the growth of organisms or be toxic, depending on the concentration. Dr. Tim Conway has recently joined the College of Marine Science and brings a wealth of understanding of trace metals, in part due to extensive interaction with the International GEOTRACES program, a study of the marine biogeochemical cycles of trace elements and their isotopes. As a cruise participant and data contributor to the NSF funded U.S. GEOTRACES program, Dr. Conway is intimate with the methods of collecting seawater for trace metal analysis and is instrumental in the creation of compiled products that are used by scientists around the world.
One of the marquee products of the GEOTRACES program is an electronic atlas of oceanographic profiles in the form of surface to bottom cross-sections that display changes in the concentration of a particular element along the entire path of ocean-traversing cruises (see image below).
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Profile of dissolved iron in the Atlantic Ocean compiled from GEOTRACES cruise data, and available at eGEOTRACES. Graphics by Reiner Schlitzer.
Dr. Conway’s upcoming projects include a cruise aboard the research vessel of the Angari Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together scientists and the public with the goal of widely communicating important ocean issues. The cruise will sample the southern jet of the Gulf Stream, charting a course from Florida to the Bahamas.
Research is also underway to examine the role of circulation, biology, and islands on the distribution of metals and their isotopes in the waters around Antarctica. The recently completed Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition provides an abundance of data to be tackled by a collaboration of Swiss, Australian, and U.S. based scientists.
Changes in the concentrations of trace metals can have impacts on the environment and, in turn, on society. Changes to land use can affect concentrations of dust blown iron in the oceans, which can act as a fertilizer to increase productivity of organisms at the base of the food chain. Alternatively, changes in pollution levels can affect concentrations of trace metals and increase toxicity in areas. As Dr. Conway notes, “[Trace metals] really can affect where things die and where things live in the ocean.” Great strides have been made in recent years, and the exciting field of trace element chemistry is poised to provide very useful solutions to environmental challenges.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - In conjunction with a renovated Port Saint Petersburg, the Marine Exploration Center is set to open by the end of this year. As the public face of the St. Pete Ocean Team, the Center will bring awareness to the wonders of the ocean (carrying on the tradition of the Pier Aquarium) and also to ports, the maritime industry and all the marine related research occurring in a cluster of high-level institutions in the downtown Saint Petersburg area. An estimated 1600 people are working in a field related to marine research and technology in St. Pete. In addition to the College of Marine Science, there is the U.S. Coast Guard, FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Institute of Oceanography, USGS Coastal and Marine Science Center, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, SRI International and more.
The Marine Discovery Center will gather scientists for community discussions by hosting Drink-and-Think events that will also include food trucks. Visitors will have opportunities to tour maritime and oceanographic vessels. Permanent attractions will include the following: Live Coral and Fish Tank, Oceans Today Kiosk (NOAA funded), Corals on Acid (2 tanks; NOAA funded), Counting on Fish/Florida Sportfish Aquarium and Interactive Exhibit (FWC funded), Science on a Sphere (NOAA funded), NOAA Kiosk (NOAA funded), Energizing Research (Duke Energy funded), Coral Cat Shark Tank, Microscope Station, Touch Tank, and Ocean Tracker Exhibit. Finally, a large space dedicated to revolving exhibits will also host movie screenings and other events.
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
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.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - USF's COT and CMS staff deployed one of their Slocum gliders for a 30-day research mission in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. "Sam" is equipped with a myriad of technologies to collect data during its mission as it yo-yo's up and down through the water column. Measurements are geared toward understanding subsurface water variables such as temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and fluorescence.
This project adds acoustic technologies for tracking tagged fish, marine animals that make sound, and acoustical backscatter. The deployment is the result of collaborations with several groups at FWRI, NOAA, FIO, iTAG, GCOOS and private industries.
For more information visit CMS Ocean Technology Group.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Thanks to Dean Dixon's generous support, Marcy Cockrell, Megan Hepner, Kate Dubickas, and Alex Ilich participated in the Blue Vision Summit Healthy Oceans Hill Day in Washington, D.C on May 10. Constituents met with 24 Florida Congressional offices, and the CMS team met with 9 of the 24 offices, including Rep. Kathy Castor and Sen. Bill Nelson. They lobbied for efforts to reduce marine debris, maintain federal funding for Florida's coastal resiliency and ocean water quality monitoring programs, and to uphold the moratorium on oil and gas drilling off Florida's coasts. The offices were very receptive and encouraged all students and concerned citizens to reach out to their elected officials, from local to federal, for resolutions of these and other ocean and coastal issues.