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The sea urchin killer

Scientists identify 2022 sea urchin killer

The mass die-off of the long-spined sea urchin – a loss that threatens the health of coral reefs from the Caribbean to Florida’s east coast -- was caused by a one-celled organism called a ciliate.

April 19, 2023News

Hurricane Maria image from NOAA

USF CMS joins NOAA’s Caribbean Climate Adaptation Network

The USF College of Marine Science (USF CMS) is one of nine institutions in a five-year NOAA-funded program that will work directly with communities in the Caribbean region to work on how best to prepare for and “adapt” to higher risks of disasters that come with a changing climate.

March 13, 2023News

Rising Tides Newsletter - February 2023

Rising Tides - February 2023

View some of the highlights in the Rising Tides Newsletter, February 2023 edition.

February 28, 2023Rising Tides Newsletter

The 2023 St. Petersburg Science Festival

CMS students, faculty, staff had a blast at St. Petersburg Science Festival

St. Petersburg Science Festival took place on a couple of perfect-weather days: February 17 and 18, 2023.

February 22, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Iceberg grounded on Ross Bank. Photo courtesy of Rachel Meyne.

Until Next Time, Ross Bank!

After 10 days completing multibeam surveys and Super Sites along our North-South transect of Ross Bank, we switched directions to conduct our East-West transect and finish our science days.

February 22, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Three-dimensional visualization of dissolved Fe isotope ratios (δ56Fe) along GEOTRACES sections in (a) the Atlantic and (b) the Pacific. Data are originally from Cyril Abadie, Tim Conway, Jessica Fitzsimmons, Joshua Helgoe, Hannah Hunt, Seth John, François Lacan, Nathan Lanning, Franck Poitrasson, Amadine Radic, Matthias Sieber, Yoshiki Sohrin, Brent Summers, Shotaro Takano, Emily Townsend, and Derek Vance; they are available in the GEOTRACES Intermediate Data Product 2021 (GEOTRACES Int. Data Prod. Group 2021) or are unpublished (GA08 and GP15, provided by Jessica Fitzsimmons and Tim Conway). The visualizations were created and provided by Reiner Schlitzer, Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany. Abbreviation: IRMM-014, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements Standard 014.

How to pump up your iron: hit the gym, eat spinach, or talk to Tim Conway

A Q&A with CMS Associate Professor Tim Conway about iron in the ocean.

February 16, 2023News

NBP23-02 Glider Retrieval

Halfway through Our Ross Bank Extravaganza!

We are halfway through our allotted science days on NBP23-02, the second leg of our cruise. During our McMurdo port call, we were joined by a new group of scientists: marine ecologists who study Emperor penguins!

February 11, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

USF College of Marine Science’s (CMS) 39th annual Graduate Student Symposium

M.S. and Ph.D. candidates shine in 39th Graduate Student Symposium

Fifteen CMS graduate students delivered oral or poster presentations summarizing their research projects as part of the USF College of Marine Science’s (CMS) 39th annual Graduate Student Symposium.

February 3, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

The RVIB N.B. Palmer at the McMurdo Station Pier. McMurdo Station is the major US research base on Antarctica and is run by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Setting foot on Antarctic soil (well, igneous rock on Ross Island)

We had a port call at the largest US research station in Antarctica, McMurdo Station (MacTown), at the halfway point (hump day) of our expedition to switch out some of the ship’s crew and science party groups.

January 25, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

A kasten core coming up on the back deck. That red box is what the Marine Technicians (MTs) use to rest the core barrel on while they secure the weight stand.

A Day in the Life: Station 1

As we arrived at our first study site, there was excitement in the air. We were surveying a site in the Pennell Trough, Ross Sea that may provide clues to how the Ross Ice Shelf retreated in the past.

January 18, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

All Hands, stokpic, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

All Hands on Deck

Researchers identify priorities within synthesis research in ecology and environmental science to address pressing issues and questions

January 12, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Lyttleton Harbor, New Zealand

Transit and Arrival in the Ross Sea!

Hello from Emily in the Antarctic! We’ve had quite the journey south onboard the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer. We left Lyttleton, New Zealand and transited to the Ross Sea, Antarctica over ~10 days.

January 9, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

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