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Marine sanctuaries and monuments are some of our nation’s underwater treasures. This image was reproduced from the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) world map and customized by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Credit: NOAA

USF Team Selected by NOAA for Award to Support Marine Sanctuaries

The three-year project, “Climate Change Indicators Across the National Marine Sanctuaries System,” is one of seven competitively selected projects addressing marine sanctuary management totaling $3.7 million.

October 26, 2022News, Resiliency News

This study is the first to drill down into the relationship between oxygen, temperature and the metabolic requirements of vertical migrators, which include krill to the jumbo squid (shown here). The metabolic requirements of vertical migrators suggest they may experience an expansion of their native habitat in response to changing ocean conditions. Credit: Stephani Gordon, Open Boat Films

Warming oceans likely to shrink the viable habitat of many marine animals – but not all

As the oceans warm squid and other vertical migrators living in tropical zones are likely to expand their habitat northward – but not necessarily leave their native tropical zones.

October 14, 2022News

Mya Breitbart with her team in the field.

Mya Breitbart, “virus hunter” at the CMS, named Distinguished University Professor

Twenty years ago, Mya Breitbart, a biological oceanography professor at the USF College of Marine Science (CMS), published a landmark paper in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences (PNAS) about a new sequencing technique called viral metagenomics.

October 10, 2022News

Robert H. Weisberg, a University of South Florida physical oceanographer, stands on the top deck of the R/V W.T. Hogarth research vessel on May 3. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times ]

Robert H. Weisberg was elected as an AGU Fellow

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus Robert H. Weisberg was elected as an American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fellow.

September 19, 2022Awards, News

The glider fitted with a SUNA nitrate sensor was deployed by members of the Center for Ocean Technology to capture water column data. Photo credit, Chad Lembke.

CMS labs join forces to solve the mysteries of Florida’s red tides

In a serendipitous research cruise this summer, three labs within the USF College of Marine Science, plus its glider fleet team, joined forces to improve our understanding of a decades-old question: what causes red tides to form in the Gulf of Mexico?

September 7, 2022News

The R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer photographed from a drone at Thwaites Glacier ice front in February 2019. (Credit: Alexandra Mazur/University of Gothenburg)

Faster in the Past: New seafloor images – the highest resolution of any taken off the West Antarctic Ice Sheet – upend understanding of Thwaites Glacier retreat

At times in its past, retreat of the massive Thwaites Glacier was even quicker than it is today, heightening concerns for its future.

September 5, 2022News

Katelyn Schockman is a PhD Candidate (now graduate- congrats!) in the lab of Dr. Bob Byrnes, who is a co-author on the paper.

A hybrid conductometric / spectrophotometric method for determining ionic strength of dilute aqueous solutions

A hybrid conductometric / spectrophotometric method for determining ionic strength of dilute aqueous solutions.

August 17, 2022News, Publication Highlights

Healthy coral reef in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Sources/Usage: Public Domain.

Coral Reef “Oases”: New Study Provides Clues to Locate Resilient Reef Communities

New models developed by an international team including USGS researchers could predict and explain the locations of resilient coral reef communities that may play a key role in coral reef conservation efforts.

August 2, 2022News, Publication Highlights

Graduate students Hannah Hunt (USF), Dylan Halbeisen (USF), Ilana Farrell (OSU) work with Dr. Salvo Caprara (USF) and Dr. Joe Tamborski (ODU) to sample the Hillsborough River. The team is collecting dissolved metals and organic matter and measuring the salinity, temperature and pH of the river. Credit: Tim Conway, USF

On the hunt: where do phytoplankton get their food in the nutrient-starved Gulf?

The team has a hunch there’s an overlooked nutrient source that requires further investigation: submarine groundwater discharge along the coastal margins.

August 2, 2022News

USF CMS graduate student Jon Peake on a research dive.

USF research team advances understanding of the small but mighty forage fishes

Forage fishes, or bait fish, are unsung heroes of the Gulf coast ecosystem. Many of these species have been overlooked by fisheries scientists and managers until fairly recently.

July 19, 2022News

A stunning painting of Amberjack by Diane Peebles. © Diane Rome Peebles.

Jackpot: scientific study offers $250 rewards for tagged Greater Amberjack

Dr. Sean Powers of the University of South Alabama is leading a “Dream Team” of researchers in an $11.7 million study of the Greater Amberjack species.

June 28, 2022News

Kyle Amergian, lead author and recent CMS alum (M.S., Class of 2019)

Can Areas of High Alkalinity Freshwater Discharge Provide Potential Refugia for Marine Calcifying Organisms?

Enjoy this launch blurb celebrating a publication related to ocean acidification along the Springs Coast in the northeast Gulf of Mexico whose lead author was recent CMS alum (M.S., Class of 2019), Kyle Amergian.

June 17, 2022News, Publication Highlights

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