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The Clam Bayou Marine Education Center was chosen as the class project for the Leadership St. Pete® (LSP) Class of 2022. A ribbon-cutting was held June 14th & included remarks from Chris Steinocher, Pres. & CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, & others. Enjoy this video of thanks.

Clam Bayou Marine Education Center revitalized 


USF CMS alumna Dr. Christin Murphy at an outreach event while a graduate student at the college.

A Q&A with Dr. Christin Murphy

Friday, July 22, 2022

An adept speaker, Dr. Murphy excels in communicating her cross-disciplinary studies through dance, humor, and emphatic excitement for her work and the applications they hold. Dr. Christin Murphy is a wealth of career advice, scientific knowledge, and a pioneer in bio-technology.

Dr. Erica Ombres and her family enjoying Washington, DC (Inset: Ombres in the Antarctic). Black and white photo credit, Jessica Palmer photography.

Q&A with CMS Alum Dr. Erica Ombres

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Oceanography may seem an unlikely career choice for someone who grew up in Yuma, Arizona and never heard of a career in “marine science” as a kid. Graduate school wasn’t on the radar, either when Erica Ombres pursued her bachelor’s at the University of Arizona in Tucson. After all, no one in her family had earned an advanced degree, she said.



CMS in the News

Caribbean seaweed

Caribbean shores are choked by seaweed

Friday, August 5, 2022

Recently, record amounts of foul-smelling sargassum seaweed have flooded huge areas of the Atlantic Ocean shoreline, leading U.S. Virgin Islands governor Albert Bryan Jr. to declare a state of emergency.

Image of the Month

CMS grad student Jill Thompson-Grim

Graduate student Jill Thompson-Grim snapped a picture of the C-BASS, developed at CMS as a tool to estimate fish abundance, on the first leg of the Greater Amberjack cruise.


Katelyn Schockman is a PhD Candidate (now graduate- congrats!) in the lab of Dr. Bob Byrnes, who is a co-author on the paper.

We’ve launched a new series, “One on One,” where we highlight a CMS-related publication with a single summary quote from the CMS author. Perfect for those with only two seconds to spare! Here’s the 3rd in the series.


Illustration for discussion purposes only – not actual rendering.

USF is advancing a bold plan that will harness the collective power of colleges and departments throughout the university to address the existential challenges created by climate change, including sea level rise, high tide flooding events and other coastal hazards.