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Erica Ombres and her family enjoying Washington, DC

Q&A with CMS Alum Dr. Erica Ombres

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.

June 29, 2022Blogs and Perspectives

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June 29, 2022Rising Tides Newsletter

Rising Tides Newsletter, June 2022 edition.

Rising Tides June 2022

View some of the highlights in the Rising Tides Newsletter, June 2022 edition.

June 29, 2022Rising Tides Newsletter

A stunning painting of Amberjack by Diane Peebles. © Diane Rome Peebles.

Jackpot: scientific study offers $250 rewards for tagged Greater Amberjack

Dr. Sean Powers of the University of South Alabama is leading a “Dream Team” of researchers in an $11.7 million study of the Greater Amberjack species.

June 28, 2022News

USF College of Marine Science in the News

CMS in the News 2022

The USF College of Marine Science news team is dedicated to sharing USF CMS's story to a global audience. View CMS in the news for 2022.

June 23, 2022CMS in the News

Dr. Serge Andrefouet was visiting USF when he processed this 2001 Landsat-7 satellite image of sand and seaweed beds in the Bahamas, which won NASA’s Tournament Earth 2020 contest. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory / Serge Andrefouet, USF.

Dr. Frank Muller-Karger Receives 2021 William T. Pecora Award

Dr. Frank Muller-Karger, biological oceanography professor who leads the Institute for Remote Sensing at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science, has been honored with the prestigious 2021 William T. Pecora Award for his extraordinary contributions and leadership using remote sensing to further our understanding of the ocean.

June 21, 2022Awards

Kyle Amergian, lead author and recent CMS alum (M.S., Class of 2019)

Can Areas of High Alkalinity Freshwater Discharge Provide Potential Refugia for Marine Calcifying Organisms?

Enjoy this launch blurb celebrating a publication related to ocean acidification along the Springs Coast in the northeast Gulf of Mexico whose lead author was recent CMS alum (M.S., Class of 2019), Kyle Amergian.

June 17, 2022Blogs and Perspectives

Oil spill from a fire-damaged platform, captured by the Sentinel-2 satellite of the European Space Agency. Fire smoke appears white, while oil slicks appear dark (crude and emulsified oil) or metallic color (oil sheen). Credit: Sentinel-2 data from Copernicus operated by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme in partnership with the European Space Agency. Image generated by Chuanmin Hu of University of South Florida.

Humans Responsible for over 90% of World's Oil Slicks

A team of Chinese and U.S. scientists developed the first global map of chronic oil slicks in the ocean and found that more than 90% of them come from human sources, significantly more than previously reported.

June 16, 2022News

Dock view of Clam Bayou Marine Education Center

Waves of Inspiration

Waves of Inspiration - MEDIA ADVISORY. Leadership St. Pete® Class of 2022 to unveil major capital improvements at Clam Bayou Marine Education Center,

June 8, 2022Community Engagement, News

Both USF and Salsbury University All-Aboard teams take a selfie in front of Ragland Bottom Center Hill Lake in Sparta, TN during a group geology scavenger hunt.

Bull’s Eye for JEDI on the high seas (er … a freshwater lake!)

Last year NSF launched a two-year pilot program called All-ABOARD, which stands for “Alliance-Building Offshore to Achieve Resilience and Diversity.” The goal of this program, hosted by Columbia University, is to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) initiatives in STEM fields—especially the geosciences, which are one of the least racially diverse fields of science.

May 27, 2022Diversity, News

Natalia López Figueroa, CMS Ph.D. candidate

USF CMS student Natalia López Figueroa awarded NOAA Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

CMS Ph.D. candidate Natalia López Figueroa was awarded a Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship administered by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management.

May 25, 2022Awards, Diversity, News

Mya Breitbart in the lab. Credit, Amanda Sosnowski at Terrene Visions.

Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida Announces Selection of 15 New Members for 2022

Dr. Mya Breitbart, a professor and microbiologist at the USF College of Marine Science (USF CMS), is among 15 prominent scholars from throughout the state of Florida who were selected for membership to the Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida (ASEMFL).

May 23, 2022Awards, News

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