Aidan Cawley partially revealed himself as Rocky during the Rocky Awards on April 18, 2024.

Graduate involved in campus life also took on secret role as mascot

When Aidan Cawley came to USF St. Petersburg, he never expected to be involved in so many campus activities. Or have the chance to become Rocky. But as time passed, the environmental science major became more outgoing and confident. Three years later, his e-mail signature looks like a resume.

May 1, 2024Alumni News, Community Engagement

Urban tree canopy in Robles Park, located in Tampa, Fla. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Zarger)

Interdisciplinary CAS team helps identify new urban tree canopy locations in Tampa

Dr. Shawn Landry and Dr. Rebecca Zarger are two USF College of Arts and Sciences faculty contributing to the City of Tampa’s tree canopy study. Landry and Zarger are tasked with identifying specific tree planting locations throughout the city and conducting outreach with residents in priority locations.

April 26, 2024Community Engagement, Research

USF College of Arts and Sciences student Dharsh Saravana is majoring in environmental science and policy and double minoring in math and GIS. (Photo by Corey Lepak)

CAS student finds calling in environmental stewardship

Dharsh Saravana, an environmental science and policy student and vice president of the USF Agrarian Club, has found their calling in environmental stewardship with hopes to one day address urban food resilience, diversity of food systems, and food sovereignty for vulnerable populations in urban spaces.

April 24, 2024Community Engagement

Evalyse Sanabri with her collegaues from the Environmental Protection Commissio

Student's urban studies minor supports internship experience in environmental protection

Geosciences senior Evalyse Sanabria’s knowledge gained from minoring in urban studies in the School of Public Affairs strengthens her internship experience with the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) of Hillsborough County.

April 22, 2024Community Engagement

USF professor Esteli Jimenez Living Agroecology Lab has selected the community garden as one of 15 in the Tampa Bay area.

USF partners with VISTA Gardens to study bugs

Students in the School of Geosciences and through a five-year project with University of South Florida assistant professor Estelí Jiménez have selected 15 local urban and community gardens to take part in the project: Urban Farms and Community Gardens as Spacers for Biodiversity Conservation and Food Sovereignty, funded by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research.

March 1, 2024Community Engagement, Research

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

With community help, USF developing app to show neighborhood-level flooding, climate risks

The USF Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience will use outreach efforts similar to this town hall meeting on flooding to get community input on the CRIS-HAZARD app USF is developing in partnership with Georgia Teach Community.

October 17, 2023Community Engagement

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

An Explosion of Algae: Scientist turned National Geographic Photographer uses photos to inspire change

With a background in journalism in newspapers, Jason Gulley decided to use his camera as a tool to tell the story of Florida's imperiled natural springs.

May 31, 2023Community Engagement, Research

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Town hall to focus on disaster preparedness and recovery efforts in vulnerable neighborhoods

With hurricane season approaching, the USF St. Petersburg Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR) is working to enhance disaster preparedness, streamline recovery efforts and provide greater access to resources within such communities.

May 25, 2023Community Engagement

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF St. Petersburg to host town hall to raise awareness about disaster preparedness in south St. Petersburg

Jalessa Blackshear, who works as a community organizer, is helping professors from the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus’ Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR) organize a July 12 town hall in south St. Petersburg in the hopes of creating a network of assistance in the event of a disaster.

July 6, 2022Community Engagement

Fenda Akiwumi

Change for the community: Fenda Akiwumi brings holistic worldview to IBL, research

Growing up traveling the world with her parents, professor of the School of Geosciences and Director of the Institute on Black Life (IBL) Fenda Akiwumi leads with a holistic perspective of different cultures.

February 7, 2022Community Engagement

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