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On August 3, 2019, an unmanned Saildrone 1020 completed a 13,670-mile journey around Antarctica in search of carbon dioxide. It was world’s first autonomous circumnavigation of Antarctica. Learn more about Saildrone 1020's journey at (Saildrone Inc./With permission.)

New robots see it all: ocean whirlpools, carbon gas absorption, icebergs, and more

USF researchers are using autonomous vehicles to study how the ocean is responding to climate change. In 2020 they landed a $1.1 million NSF proposal -- the first time NSF is leveraging ocean drones instead of ships.

July 12, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

Campers Jocelyn, Alana, and Lauren help fill in their group’s mermazing creation.

OCG Shellebration!

Campers had a blast during the “Shell Key” field trip this year.

July 12, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

Teresa Greely orients the campers to where the day’s activities will take place in Tampa Bay as the R/V Angari gets underway.

Research Cruise

Despite the unpleasant and very noticeable effects of the red tide on today’s cruise, everyone still managed to have a really fun time.

July 9, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

A group of campers at the beach station working together to label the parts of their model of a natural beach. They are labeling the Primary and Secondary dunes which are held together by plants and separate the beach from the mainland.

Today During Camp: Ocean Zones and a… Singing Battle?

While learning about our beaches and the different ways that human interaction affects them, campers got their hands dirty creating model beaches, first in their image of what a beach looks like and then making a natural beach, which is a beach that has not had sand added to it or moved by humans.

July 8, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

A species of Cyclothones, or bristlemouth fish, that lives in the deeper parts of in the Gulf of Mexico. It is the most abundant fish on the planet but on the recent DEEPEND cruise, relatively few were found. Credit: SEFSC Pascagoula Laboratory; Collection of Brandi Noble, NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC.

Alarming declines in the Gulf’s deepest dwellers

Everything is slower in the cold, dark deep -- and a recent research cruise suggests the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are far from over in these parts where the sun doesn’t shine.

June 30, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

Center for Ocean Technology | Glider Fleet

2020: a record-breaking year for the USF glider team

The gliders, which roamed the ocean 208 days last year, help improve our understanding of red tides, hurricanes, ocean currents, and fish

June 22, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

The SCINI ROV (in foreground) is being tested by a researcher prior to deployment, while the acoustic towed package is the white cylinder laying on the snow behind it. The Conestoga wagon “dry lab” is in the background. Photo credit: Stacy Kim.

Investigating Whales, Penguins and Seals on the Bottom of the World

It’s tough to study interactions between predators and their prey no matter where you are in the world’s oceans, but it’s especially challenging in the ice-covered Ross Sea.

June 22, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

NOAA’s R/V Ronald H. Brown will carry the Byrne crew, as well as 26 other scientists, for the West Coast Acidification 2021 cruise. Photo: NOAA.

The Byrne lab goes West: three CMS students set sail on 45-day Pacific Ocean cruise

The major goal is to understand trends in the Pacific Ocean, with a specific focus on environmental parameters that influence ocean acidification – a major threat to ocean health, food security, economies, and more.

June 15, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

Erosion of dunes following Tropical Storm Eta. (Credit: Justin Birchler, USGS. Public domain.)

Providing the best tools for coastal management, protection, and resiliency

The Ocean Visions network, whose mission is to transform science and engineering into scalable, equitable, and sustainable ocean solutions, held its third virtual “Coastal Solutions” workshop April 27-28, 2021.

May 3, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

Antarctic krill. Photo Credit: Tracy Shaw, USF College of Marine Science

Concern for Antarctic Krill

A new publication, and a featured article in Marine Ecology Progress Series, provides further evidence of cause for concern, and helps tease out some of the effects of a warming climate.

April 29, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

Plunging into Our Polar Seas was the theme for this year’s competition, where students competed virtually for the first time.

Spoonbill Bowl – A Virtual Success!

Congratulations to all the students and coaches and a huge thank you to the committee and volunteers that made this online event possible!

April 7, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Community Engagement

A screen capture from PezCa, a fishing app Dr. Marrari helped create that displays real-time satellite data of ocean conditions for safer fishing practices.

A Q&A with CMS Alum, Marina Marrari, PhD: CMS Launched Her Dream Career Path

Marina Marrari graduated from the Dr. Kendra Daly’s Zooplankton Ecology Lab at the USF College of Marine Science with a PhD in 2008.

April 5, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

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