Vertical Kinetic Energy, Turbulence and Mixing in the Ocean


Speakers/Affiliations: Andreas Thurnherr, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory/Columbia University

Seminar Title: Vertical Kinetic Energy, Turbulence and Mixing in the Ocean

When: Mar. 24, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Xinfeng Liang

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More Information - Dr. Thurnherr is an observational physical oceanographer. His research interests concern processes acting near topography (including hydrothermal circulation), horizontal and vertical dispersal, as well as the large-scale circulation, with emphasis on the return limb of the overturning circulation (mixing and upwelling). Additionally, he is interested in oceanographic instrumentation and methods, in particular those related to the measurement of currents, internal waves and turbulence with acoustic methods (especially ADCPs). For more information about him, please see


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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Florida scientists fear hurricane forecasts, climate research will suffer under Trump

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - A growing chorus of scientists is raising the alarm over reports of Trump administration budgets cuts that would affect climate change research and hurricane forecasting.

On Monday, March 13, 2017, 32 Florida scientists sent a letter to the president voicing worry over reports that the Department of Commerce, which overseas the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has proposed cutting 17 percent from its budget, with the nation’s network of satellites taking the biggest hit. The satellites include a system of polar orbiters that provide critical data from the top and bottom of the planet and help scientists understand two of the biggest threats facing the peninsula.

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"Sanctuaries MBON" Receives NOPP 2016 Excellence in Partnering Award

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The National Oceanographic Partnership Program announced that the Sanctuaries Project of the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network, led by Dr. Frank Muller-Karger, was selected for the NOPP's 2016 Excellence in Partnering Award. The Sanctuaries MBON project seeks to provide near real-time information on the status and trends of life in the sea. The project is designed to monitor changes in marine biodiversity in two US National Marine Sanctuaries - the Florida Keys and Monterey Bay, working jointly with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).

Nitrogen Dynamics in Tropical Coastal Ecosystems: A Case Study in Guam


Speakers/Affiliations: Kiho Kim, American University

Seminar Title: Nitrogen Dynamics in Tropical Coastal Ecosystems: A Case Study in Guam

When: Mar. 9, 2017 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Chris Simoniello

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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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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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Spoonbill Bowl 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - On Saturday February 18, 2017, USF College of Marine Science hosted the 2017 Spoonbill Bowl Competition.  At 7:30 in morning 18 teams from 13 from Florida’s West Coast regional high schools arrived, ready to have breakfast and start the day.  It was a fun filled day of fierce competition and lots of ocean science education for all involved -- teams and room officials alike. This year’s event could probably be considered one of the most exhilarating! The competition had many tie- breaker rounds going into the afternoon elimination rounds. The air was filled with nervous energy as the players of the final rounds took their places.

The winning round was played by the defending 2016 Champions, the Academy of Environmental Science (AES) A- Team, and the 2015 Champions, Eastside High School A-Team. When the final round’s time clock sounded it was Eastside High School’s A-Team from Gainesville Florida that emerged as the 2017 champions.  The Academy of Environmental Science (AES) A- Team won second place and the AES B-Team won third place. The Sportsmanship Award was won by Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School from Bradenton Florida. Continuing a Spoonbill tradition of a team t-shirt contest, the Durant High School team won the competition.

This event would not be possible without the overwhelming support of volunteers from the College of Marine Science and many of our neighboring marine agencies—Eckerd College, USFSP, USGS, FWRI, NOAA Fisheries, Florida Aquarium, Ocean Optics, Center for Open Exploration, Florida Marine Science Educators Association, Florida Sea Grant and World Power and Water.

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Last modified on Monday, 27 February 2017 17:59

Oxygen Minimum Zones expanding

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Recent research suggests that oxygen levels are declining, and oxygen minimum zones expanding, throughout the world's oceans as a result of climate change. Members of the Seibel lab have just returned from a month-long cruise aboard the R/V Sikuliaq in the Eastern Tropical Pacific studying the low-oxygen tolerance of marine animals. Zooplankton in this region display the lowest critical oxygen levels (highest tolerance) of any animals ever measured and live on the edge of oxygen limitation. 

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Marine Science Happy Hour Networking - Feb. 21 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Our next Tampa Bay Area Marine Science Networking Happy Hour will be tomorrow Tuesday February 21, 4:30-6:30pm at Green Bench Brewing Company, 1133 Baum Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33705!  The event is self pay and name tags will be provided. You can park at street meters.  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.

PS: For those of us who knew Vembu Subramanian, we will have a special toast about 6pm in honor of his life well-lived, but which ended far too soon – Green Bench was one of his favorite places.

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