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University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

CMPS Awarded Grant to Investigate the Role of Ships and Seaports in Florida in the Transmission of Coronavirus

The global shipping industry has been recognized by scientists as a vector for pathogen transmission that should be included in epidemiological models.

June 4, 2020News

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 to Co-Host Green Energy-Themed Ocean Mineral Conference in September 2020

Registration is open for the 49th Annual Underwater Mining Conference (UMC), co-hosted by the International Marine Minerals Society (IMMS) and the USF College of Marine Science.

June 3, 2020News

On May 5th, the taste of science St. Petersburg chapter hosted an online event titled “Cinco de Science: The Science of Taste.” Event speakers taught attendees how the human body responds to spicy tastes and about food production in the United States.

The Unexpected Benefits of Virtual Science Outreach

Since mid-March life has been about adaptation. Adapting to new learning and work environments. Adapting to virtual happy hours and Zoom calls with not-so-tech-savvy parents.

June 2, 2020Community Engagement

Southwest Florida, USA, showing the path of Hurricane Irma (red line in main graphic and in the inset showing the western Gulf of Mexico and the state of Florida; ArcGIS Basemap Source: ESRI). Local management jurisdiction boundaries are shown in different colors.

A New, Fast Way to Analyze Hurricane Damage to Coastal Environments

A team led by the USF College of Marine Science developed new way to process satellite images to assess damage from Hurricane Irma to mangrove forests on Florida’s southwest coast—and did so 200 times faster than traditional methods

June 1, 2020News

Capital Hill Oceans Week 2020

Capitol Hill Ocean Week Goes Virtual

This free event on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 includes a strong presence by scientists affiliated with the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON), including the USF College of Marine Science, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS), Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), and more.

May 20, 2020News

Graphic abstract. Photo Credit: Makenzie Kerr

A Scavenger Egg Hunt in the Gulf of Mexico

And a fun online activity for kids!

May 6, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

Sand and seaweed beds in the Bahamas. Image courtesy Serge Andrefouet, University of South Florida.

Public’s Favorite Earth Image Processed at USF

Dr. Serge Andrefouet was visiting USF when he processed an image that just keeps on winning.

April 30, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

Rising Tides – April 2020

Rising Tides – April 2020

View some of the highlights in the Rising Tides Newsletter, April 2020 edition.

April 16, 2020Rising Tides Newsletter

Dr. Jyotika Virmani presenting about the XPRIZE at Visioneering, 2016

A Q&A with Alum, Dr. Jyotika Virmani

We caught up with Jyotika, who was previously the Executive Director of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE that involved a full-on gaggle of CMS alums, to hear more about the dawn of her illustrious new career chapter.

April 16, 2020Newsletter Articles

Deploying a handheld (5L) horizontal water sampler

Scientists Conduct First Census of Viruses and Bacteria Living in Florida Springs

The study provides a critical baseline understanding of freshwater springs fed by the Floridan Aquifer, a source of drinking water that has declined in health in recent years

April 16, 2020News

Oil Toxins Pervasive in Gulf of Mexico

Oil Toxins Pervasive in Gulf of Mexico

All fishes sampled in first comprehensive, Gulf-wide survey of oil pollution after 2010 Deepwater Horizon Spill show evidence of chronic oil exposure.

April 15, 2020News

Figure 1. High frequency radars (HFR) are land-based systems that measure the speed and direction of ocean surface currents in near real-time. Pictured above is the newly deployed HFR receive antenna, location and measured data coverage.

USF Leads Installation of New High Frequency Radar (HFR) near Marathon, Florida

A new High Frequency Radar (HFR) was installed near Marathon, Florida to study the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current System by the University of South Florida’s Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (USF COMPS), in cooperation with Rutgers University and the University of Miami.

April 13, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

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