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Our floating laboratory and home until March, the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer docked in Lyttleton, NZ.

The Shevenell Lab Returns to the Ross Sea

Graduate student Emily Kaiser, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Amelia Shevenell’s lab, reports in from a research expedition to the Ross Sea, Antarctica, where she is part of a team exploring the timing and mechanisms forcing retreat of the Ross Ice Shelf (RIS) following the Last Glacial Maximum. The team will use seafloor mapping, seismic reflection, and sediment coring to achieve their objectives. Read more about their expedition – and stay tuned for more updates from Emily.

January 4, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

This is part of the cover image from the book Zonal Jets: Phenomenology, Genesis, and Physics, which was edited by Boris Galperin and Peter L. Read.

Advances in the science of turbulence

Unraveling the physics of large-scale planetary features takes patience and time.

December 8, 2022Blogs and Perspectives

Coloured electron microscopy of diatoms, species Arachnoidiscus ZEISS EVO SEM

Solving the mysteries of nickel: an oceanic paradox

As with terrestrial life, all oceanic life needs nutrients such as nitrate, phosphate, carbon, and various trace metals to survive. In the vast open gyres of the ocean, such nutrients are increasingly hard to come by.

November 15, 2022Blogs and Perspectives

In front of the Sikuliaq in Seward, Alaska.

Join Me on an Oceanographic Cruise

Throughout our cruise, many different techniques were used by the scientists on board to collect and measure samples for biological and/or chemical studies.

October 25, 2022Blogs and Perspectives

Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

USF CMS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through October 15th, Ana Arellano conducted a Q&A with members of our Hispanic/Latinx/a/o community here at the USF College of Marine Science.

October 7, 2022Blogs and Perspectives, Diversity

Early evening view of the North Pacific.

Lessons Learned in the North Pacific

The cruise came after my first year as a master’s student, so I spent the year leading up to the cruise learning about ocean processes and reading about sea-going research.

August 22, 2022Blogs and Perspectives

Makenzie Kerr, Natalie Sawaya & Karyna Rosario snorkeling selfie. Photo by Makenzie Kerr.

Viruses thrive in aquatic plants in Florida’s springs

Recently, the focus has been on viruses in macrophytes, a diverse group of photosynthetic plant-like organisms that are visible with the naked eye, in Florida’s beautiful freshwater springs.

August 16, 2022Blogs and Perspectives

USF CMS alumna Dr. Christin Murphy at an outreach event while a graduate student at the college.

A Q&A with Dr. Christin Murphy

An adept speaker, Dr. Murphy excels in communicating her cross-disciplinary studies through dance, humor, and emphatic excitement for her work and the applications they hold. Dr. Christin Murphy is a wealth of career advice, scientific knowledge, and a pioneer in bio-technology.

July 22, 2022Blogs and Perspectives

The R/V Weatherbird II preparing for a five day cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo credit: Carlyn Scott

Stretching our Sea Legs: A story from the 2022 Pelagic Ecology Cruise

This course gives students an opportunity to experience a research cruise – especially powerful for those who, for one reason or another, may otherwise have gone their whole time at CMS with dry feet.

June 29, 2022Blogs and Perspectives

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

The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer docked in port in Newport, Rhode Island. The Okeanos Explorer, commissioned in 2008, is the only federal vessel designated with the sole mission of ocean exploration.

Adventure and Exploration on the High-Seas aboard the Okeanos Explorer

This summer as part of a NOAA Explorer-In-Training internship, Catalina Rubiano received the incredible opportunity to sail on the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer – a dream come true for any ocean science nerd.

May 23, 2022Blogs and Perspectives

Group shot in front of MSL

CMS hosts Women in Science Leadership Training

The CMS served as home base for a two-day workshop for women called “Building Leadership Skills for Success in the Scientific Workforce.”

May 16, 2022Blogs and Perspectives

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