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The evolution of a scientist – a reflection on the importance of seizing opportunities

The evolution of a scientist – a reflection on the importance of seizing opportunities

Successful research scientists work hard to obtain a well-rounded education, taking years of time (and often money!) to earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

July 11, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Sunlight interacts with the atmosphere, the water, particles, and dissolved matter in the water before it is captured by a satellite. In remote sensing of ocean color, the atmosphere’s contributions are corrected for, resulting in spectral surface reflectance that can be used to characterize microalgae and macroalgae both below and on the surface. (Image adapted from a diagram by Meng Qi; the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 adapted from an illustration by Ball Aerospace.)

Ocean optics illuminates aquatic algae

Large masses of algae in the great Atlantic Sargassum belt and around the world affect local ecosystems and the environment. Satellite imagery, combined with traditional research techniques, is now helping scientists to study them.

July 7, 2023Publication Highlights

Written by: Grace Humphrey (Intern and Undergraduate Student)

Setting Sail into the World of Ocean Mapping and Hydrography

Overall, this was a wonderful experience, and I am so thankful that I was offered this opportunity. I learned so much about hydrography which I never would have learned without this research voyage.

July 7, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

John Conrad Ogden, 82 of St. Petersburg, FL

An Ocean Hero, A Mentor to so Many, A Friend to All

We are sad about the passing of Dr. John Ogden. He died peacefully on Monday, June 25, 2023. Dr. John Ogden (1940-2023).

July 6, 2023Blogs and Perspectives, News

Mark Mussett, USF CMS grad student

Charting off Charleston: Contributing to NOAA Marine Mapping on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf

Despite a delay in the cruise schedule owing to an active start to the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, Mark Mussett joined a troupe of fellow scientists and students from the CMS community to make the journey from St. Petersburg to Charleston to sail aboard the Nancy Foster in early June.

July 5, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

A look into the Hydrographic Community Aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster

A look into the Hydrographic Community Aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster

When presented with the opportunity to engage in an oceanic expedition full of hydrographic mapping, Samantha D’Angelo could hardly contain her excitement.

June 28, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Students and staff members from the three universities accompanied OCS personnel aboard the Nancy Foster for the mapping exercise

Seabed Mapping Research on the Blake Plateau

The main objective of the venture was to update the Blake Plateau’s existing nautical charts and enhance maritime safety in the region.

June 27, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Rising Tides June 2023 | USF College of Marine Science

Rising Tides June 2023

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

June 20, 2023Rising Tides Newsletter

Perks of working the sunrise shift: views like these.

Uncharted Waters: A Biologist’s Dive into Hydrography Aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster

If you’re anything like Kennedy Quillen, you leap at the chance to escape the confines of the office and embark on an oceanic adventure – the mere thought of setting foot on a boat fills you with excitement.

June 20, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Photobioreactor air-cushions filled with cultures of two algae used in the study C. vulgaris (lighter green, top), N. oculata (darker green, bottom).

From plastic to productive: can air-cushions be repurposed to cultivate algae?

Researchers at University of South Florida envision a creative way to transform plastic waste from your online shopping habit into algae-growing machines.

June 16, 2023Blogs and Perspectives, Publication Highlights

Margaret Hanley (M.S. Student)

A Dive into the Tech Support Department

This experience was unique as it provided an opportunity for students with no prior exposure to hydrographic surveys the chance to go to sea.

June 15, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

'S-A-S’sing it up in the Gulf

Three members of our CMS community recently participated in the NSF-funded “Scientists at Sea” program led by Eckerd College. Great work, Steve Murawski, Sherryl Gilbert, and Kylee Rullo!

June 15, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

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