ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The USF COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants program has awarded CMPS a grant to explore the role of the maritime industry in the spread of COVID-19. The global shipping industry has been recognized by scientists as a vector for pathogen transmission that should be included in epidemiological models. While the role of air traffic and cruise ships in COVID-19 transmission has been evident as the pandemic unfolded, USF researchers say the potential role of maritime transport is unknown and unstudied. This project will produce one of the first interfaces between maritime traffic data and epidemiological models. The research team includes CMPS Director Professor Mark Luther, CMPS Chief Scientist Dr. Steven Meyers, and Professor Andrew Kramer of the USF Department of Integrative Biology.
CMPS Awarded Grant to Investigate the Role of Ships and Seaports in Florida in the Transmission of Coronavirus
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