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MRA students, faculty, and staff with a yellowfin tuna collected as part of a pelagic longline survey of the Gulf of Mexico conducted aboard the R/V Weatherbird II. From left to right: Ed Hughes, Garrett Miller, Dr. Erin Pulster, Justin Mrowicki, Dr. Steve Murawski, Brigid Carr.

Spotlight on the Marine Resource Assessment (MRA) Program

More students apply to this program than funding and faculty can manage. What makes it so successful?

September 10, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

Sunset Departure

Back at Sea, FINALLY!

After several months of COVID delays, the Ocean Circulation Lab recently headed out to service USF Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (COMPS) moorings.

August 26, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

Steve Butcher

Fair Winds and Following Seas, Steve Butcher!

Steve Butcher retired after serving 20 years at the College of Marine Science. Enjoy the touching email Chad Lembke sent out the day before Steve retired at the end of July, plus a brief trip down the memory lane of Steve’s career.

August 17, 2020Blogs and Perspectives, Newsletter Articles

The “disappearance act” of the eddies and waves in a laboratory. The instantaneous pictures are on the left, where jets, waves and eddies are intertwined. On the right, after time averaging: eddies and waves are gone, and only zonal jets remain visible. Waves and eddies are inseparable; they either appear or disappear together.

Rossby Waves and Eddies:Two Sides of the Same Coin

Geophysical and planetary circulations exhibit a rich variety of zonal flows, waves, and eddies produced and maintained by various instabilities.

July 20, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

A Virtual Trip to the Reefs of the West Florida Shelf

Long-term datasets like those collected by the Fish Ecology Lab are key for driving policies that support healthy fisheries in Florida and ensure Florida remains the fishing capital of the world.

July 15, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

It’s not just the ocean. Are rivers also at risk from climate change?

At the USF College of Marine Science, I’m leading a project to test the water chemistry in the Snake River in the Pacific Northwest to help answer this question.

July 3, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

Water, Viruses, and Good Intentions... | Karyna Rosario | TEDxYouth@PalmHarbor

Water, Viruses, and Good Intentions…

Water, Viruses, and Good Intentions... | Karyna Rosario | TEDxYouth@PalmHarbor

June 15, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

Jay Law and Dr. Robert Weisberg prepare to board the Weatherbird II after installing wind sensors on a buoy newly deployed at sea.

Servicing the Buoys: It’s Hurricane Season!

The coronavirus pandemic has introduced hefty interruptions to the day to day operations but the team is working hard to ensure continuous function by the network of USF buoys deployed in the Gulf of Mexico.

June 11, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

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

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

2020 Spoonbill Bowl

And that’s a wrap! The 2020 Spoonbill Bowl was a fun and exciting event, especially for our first-place winners, Gainesville 4H!

This year’s Spoonbill Bowl was one for the books! With 17 teams competing from 13 different high schools on Florida’s west coast, the event went incredibly smoothly and efficiently.

February 18, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

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