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Chief Scientist, Matthew Hommeyer (left), and FIO Science Technician, Andrew Warren, prepare to deploy the underway sound velocity profiler (underway SVP) towfish aboard the R/V W.T. Hogarth in February 2021.

CMS Seafloor “Map the Gaps” Expedition to Florida’s Big Bend

After three postponements due to COVID-19 and a slew of weather fronts ending with Hurricane Zeta in October 2020, scientists from the Center for Ocean Mapping and Innovative Technologies (COMIT) were able to safely set sail to the northeastern Gulf of Mexico in February 2021.

March 17, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

This multicore was sent to the seafloor to collect water samples from porewaters and take sediment cores.

A Cruise of Many Firsts

On the morning of November 30, 2020 the R/V Sally Ride of San Diego disembarked for a nine-day cruise in the Pacific Ocean.

February 22, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

Tracing on the mural

At the CMS, Scientists can be Artists, too

Then came our signature project. The Art Committee decided to paint its very own mural. In part, we wanted to leave our mark on campus.

February 10, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Community Engagement

First year PhD student Jill Thompson-Grim presents her previous research assessing fish distribution in South Texas.

Graduate Students Showcase their Research -- from South Texas to South America

The symposium showcased new faces at CMS, including master’s student Claire Onak and PhD student Jill Thompson-Grim, both of whom highlighted work done in previous programs.

January 25, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

An autonomous underwater glider rests securely in its echosounder calibration float aboard the deck of the R/V Hogarth.

A Puppet Show on a Chilly COVID-safe Calibration Cruise?

Under good weather and calm seas, and additional precautions due to COVID-19, our research team left port from the USF College of Marine Science to a site just two miles away from Bayboro Harbor.

January 5, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

2020 Fellowship and Awards Virtual Celebration

2020 Fellowship and Awards Virtual Celebration: Video Available

On October 1, we celebrated our talented graduate students and the critical fellowships that support their research and education.

October 7, 2020Awards, Blogs and Perspectives

Seabed Mining

Underwater Minerals Conference 2020

Researchers and mining experts from around the world joined together virtually Sunday night for the opening of the 2020 Underwater Mining Conference (UMC), hosted by Dr. Mark Luther of the USF College of Marine Science.

October 6, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

Joshua Kilborn, PhD, on watch offshore Tampa Bay while divers conduct fish surveys for the Fish Ecology Lab.

Advancing ecosystem-based fisheries management strategies for the Gulf of Mexico

Earlier this year, Joshua P. Kilborn, was part of a team that published an advice document designed to guide managers and stakeholders within the Gulf of Mexico fisheries management community in developing and implementing a Gulf-wide FEP.

September 23, 2020Blogs and Perspectives

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

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