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Dr. Glenn Parsons speaking at the awards ceremony for the 2007 World Wildlife Fund SmartGear Competition for which he received Runner-Up for his work on shrimp trawl bycatch reduction. Photo courtesy of Glenn Parsons.

A Q&A with CMS Alum Dr. Glenn Parsons: Shark Man

Dr. Glenn R. Parsons, CMS alumnus, Class of 1987, is Professor of biology and Director of the University of Mississippi Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology.

July 10, 2019Blogs 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.

Ocean Circulation Lab cruises to the Dry Tortugas

Physical oceanographic cruise draws participants from multiple disciplines across the USF System.

July 5, 2019Blogs and Perspectives

New moms. All the little specs on the bottom right of the photo are zoea (crab larvae). Photo by: Makenzie Burrows

A Seaside Science Surprise

For the past couple summers Dr. Mya Breitbart's lab has done outreach activities with Girls Inc. of Pinellas, an organization that inspires young girls to be strong, smart, and bold through afterschool programs and summer camps.

June 25, 2019Blogs and Perspectives, Community Engagement

Chris Moore making adjustments to the automated, flow-through pH sampler out at the mouth of Tampa Bay.

36 hours on a small boat: Bay to river carbonate system water measurements

Chris Moore, USFCMS student and employee of the USGS, recently completed river 4 of 4 in his dry season water sampling of Tampa Bay rivers as he embarks on a scientific census of sorts to describe the waters of Tampa Bay in relation to the threat of ocean acidification.

May 1, 2019Blogs and Perspectives, News

Scientists and artists converse at the Oil Spill Artwork Premiere and Deepwater Horizon Anniversary

Remembering the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Local artists and scientists gathered to commemorate the historic Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill that occurred on April 20th, 2010.

April 19, 2019Blogs and Perspectives

Maria Dornelas, Ph.D., speaking to the audience about gains and losses in biodiversity.

5 takeaways from ESLS talk #1

“Gains and Losses of Biodiversity”

April 17, 2019Blogs and Perspectives

Sean Gulick, Ph.D., describes to the audience the rock content found in the drill cores of the Chicxulub crater.

5 takeaways from ESLS talk #2

"Life and death by impact: Drilling for clues"

April 17, 2019Blogs and Perspectives

Tina van De Flierdt, Ph.D., speaks to the crowd during her seminar on past, and future, global warming events.

5 takeaways from ESLS talk #3

“Drilling back to the future: Secrets hidden in the chemistry of ancient dirt”

April 17, 2019Blogs and Perspectives

Andrew Thompson, Ph.D., describes ocean circulation around Antarctica and the fate of the ice sheets.

5 takeaways from ESLS talk #4

“Enemy at the gates: Ocean circulation and the fate of Antarctic ice sheets”

April 17, 2019Blogs and Perspectives

Members of the MBON Pole to Pole Network discuss how to improve upon the SARCE protocol for rocky shore biodiversity surveys.

Seas the Day: MBON Pole to Pole Network Meets Again

Marine Biodiversity Observation Network is a growing global initiative that brings together scientists, resource managers and a host of collaborators to share data in common formats that allow a regional and global view of of one of the most important measurements of the health of an ecosystem – biodiversity.

April 5, 2019Blogs and Perspectives

Many hands make light(er) work.  Brent Summers and others lower the heavy “Fish” over the bow of the R/V Angari.  Photo Credit: Tim Conway

Gulf Stream trace metals cruise, Day 2 – return from the Bahamas

Seawater samples from the cruise will be analyzed for a variety of characteristics with a focus on trace metals: elements that are essential to life despite their low concentrations in the oceans.

March 20, 2019Blogs and Perspectives, News

Dr. Peter Morton (FSU) and Brent Summers (USF CMS, Master's student) testing a novel, towed surface sampler that will be used to collect uncontaminated water for trace metal chemistry.

Angari Trace Metals cruise

The Southern Gulf Stream has never before been sampled for some of the elements most essential to life–like iron, manganese and zinc–elements present in the ocean in minute amounts and referred to as trace metals.

March 12, 2019Blogs and Perspectives

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