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Ocean mapping activities being conducted on the west Florida continental shelf by the USF College of Marine Science staff aboard the research vessel Weatherbird II operated by the Florida Institute of Oceanography.

USF and NOAA to launch world-class cooperative ocean mapping center

The University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science has been awarded a five-year, $9 million cooperative agreement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey to launch the Center for Ocean Mapping and Innovative Technologies (COMIT).

October 19, 2020News

2020 Fellowship and Awards Virtual Celebration

2020 Fellowship and Awards Virtual Celebration: Video Available

On October 1, we celebrated our talented graduate students and the critical fellowships that support their research and education.

October 7, 2020Awards, Blogs and Perspectives

Seabed Mining

Underwater Minerals Conference 2020

Researchers and mining experts from around the world joined together virtually Sunday night for the opening of the 2020 Underwater Mining Conference (UMC), hosted by Dr. Mark Luther of the USF College of Marine Science.

October 6, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

Brock Murch, Senior System Administrator

Brock Murch: One of NASA’s Unsung Heroes

Brock Murch, Senior System Administrator for the Optical Oceanography Lab at the USF College of Marine Science, was just recognized as an “unsung hero” by NASA.

September 29, 2020Awards

Some of the deepest parts of the seafloor are covered by dense deposits of polymetallic nodules, shown here, which contain richer stores of valuable metals like cobalt and nickel than manyfound on land. The nodules range in size from a golf ball to a potato. Credit: Maersk

USF College of Marine Science Becomes Home for International Marine Minerals Society (IMMS)

The society, comprised of stakeholders interested in the budding industry of deep-sea mineral extraction, is hosting its annual conference through October 2nd

September 28, 2020News

Joshua Kilborn, PhD, on watch offshore Tampa Bay while divers conduct fish surveys for the Fish Ecology Lab.

Advancing ecosystem-based fisheries management strategies for the Gulf of Mexico

Earlier this year, Joshua P. Kilborn, was part of a team that published an advice document designed to guide managers and stakeholders within the Gulf of Mexico fisheries management community in developing and implementing a Gulf-wide FEP.

September 23, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

Drs Erin Symonds, Mya Breitbart and Karyna Rosario at their ‘World of Microbes’ station as part of the St. Petersburg Science Festival.

Not All Viruses are Bad!

Dr Karyna Rosario is based within the Marine Genomics Laboratory at the University of South Florida in the US. Her research, focusing on viral metagenomics, has led to the discovery of a novel indicator that helps detect harmful pathogens in wastewater. The findings will lead to safer lives for all of us.

September 23, 2020Community Engagement

MRA students, faculty, and staff with a yellowfin tuna collected as part of a pelagic longline survey of the Gulf of Mexico conducted aboard the R/V Weatherbird II. From left to right: Ed Hughes, Garrett Miller, Dr. Erin Pulster, Justin Mrowicki, Dr. Steve Murawski, Brigid Carr.

Spotlight on the Marine Resource Assessment (MRA) Program

More students apply to this program than funding and faculty can manage. What makes it so successful?

September 10, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

Student Tione Grant tends the CTD aboard a research cruise as part of the NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at the USF College of Marine Science in 2019.

A Grand Challenge That Rivals Rising Seas: Creating a Culture of Diversity in Ocean Science

The USF College of Marine Science began its fight for increased ethnic diversity in oceanography 20 years ago. There is a lot underway, and a lot more to do.

August 28, 2020Diversity, News

Sunset Departure

Back at Sea, FINALLY!

After several months of COVID delays, the Ocean Circulation Lab recently headed out to service USF Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (COMPS) moorings.

August 26, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

Jessica Caggiano was recently awarded funding through the NASA FINESST competition.

Jessica Caggiano Chosen as a Future Investigator in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST)

Jessica Caggiano, was recently awarded funding through the Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) competition.

August 26, 2020Awards

Steve Butcher

Fair Winds and Following Seas, Steve Butcher!

Steve Butcher retired after serving 20 years at the College of Marine Science. Enjoy the touching email Chad Lembke sent out the day before Steve retired at the end of July, plus a brief trip down the memory lane of Steve’s career.

August 17, 2020Blogs and Perspectives, Newsletter Articles

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