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The Permian Basin region of West Texas would be a strong candidate for the bleakest area in America, if ever there is such a competition. The dust storms blowing south from Lubbock provide a sense of history; literally a “taste” of what farmers experienced in the “Dirty ‘30s.” Yet many geologists have worked there sometime in their careers since the Permian Basin has been a major source of America’s oil and gas for more than a century.

Blooming Where Planted in West Texas

By Pamela Hallock, PhD.

December 10, 2019News

Egmont Key Buoy in the Gulf of Mexico

USF Geoscientists Develop Technology to Improve Forecasting of Earthquakes, Tsunamis

Prototype has been tested off Egmont Key, potential uses could span the globe

November 21, 2019News

Water is thick green with Microcystis (a type of blue-green algae) in the Caloosahatchee River off North Shore Park in Fort Myers, Florida. Photo wastaken in 2018. Credit: Brian Cousin, Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

NASA-Funded Project Spurs New Collaboration to Better Understand Recent South Florida Blue-Green Algal Blooms

University scientists team up with water management agency in a NASA-funded project to improve our understanding of cyanobacteria blooms using state-of-the-art remote sensing, models, and field surveys.

November 20, 2019News

Map showing the location of the nine sample areas in the northern Gulf of Mexico for a six-year effort (2012-2017) to sample tilefish close to the historic Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Gulf of Mexico Tilefish: Recent Checkup Shows Compromised Health Since Historic Oil Spill

Study led by USF College of Marine Science in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill shows that oil exposure is up while overall health is down—even if population numbers seem OK

November 12, 2019News

Dr. Angela Lodge – Angie --facilitated the visit to Clam Bayou, home base for the USF CMS Oceanography Camp for Girls. The visit, held November 5, 2019, was featured as part of the US State Department’s “Hidden No More” Women in STEM initiative.

Global US Department of State’s Women in STEM Program Visits Oceanography Camp for Girls (OCG)

Eight women leaders from Argentina to Vietnam visited Clam Bayou and the USF CMS for a taste of the OCG experience meant to inspire new programming around the world.

November 6, 2019News

Dr. Christina Simoniello guides young students through an activity at the GCOOS booth during the 2017 St. Pete Science Festival.

A Q&A with CMS Alum, Dr. Chris Simoniello

Christina Simoniello is the 2019 first place winner of the Gulf Guardian Award in the Individual category for her work with the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS).

November 4, 2019News

Dr. David Naar explains some related geological concepts to the estuaries honors class.

CMS Faculty Teach USF Honors Undergraduates About Estuaries in the Class and at Sea

Nineteen undergraduate students from the Honors College at USF are learning about estuaries and coastal processes in a course newly offered by faculty and graduate students of the USF College of Marine Science (CMS) in the classroom and at sea.

October 31, 2019News

Bill Hogarth, Masanori Miyahara, Steve Murawski and Hideki Nakano. Dr. Miyahara presented the current status of Japanese fisheries as he seeks collaboration from scientists in foreign countries who have prior experience with declining fish stocks.

President of Japan Fisheries Research Agency Seeks International Collaboration to Address Declining Japanese Fish Stocks

Japanese fisheries saw a meteoric rise in fish catch after World War II, due to improved technologies, before the productivity peaked in the 1980’s and sharply declined.

October 25, 2019News

Chao Liu, lead author on the paper, received a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship allowing him to study global ocean vertical salt transport using a state-of-the-art ocean synthesis product.

Deeper Ocean Observations Needed to Accurately Assess Earth’s Climatic Changes

Researchers at the USF College of Marine Science (CMS), along with colleagues from Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), NASA Headquarters, Cambridge Climate Institute, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, recently published a paper in Nature Communications emphasizing the importance of the deep ocean’s contributions to the upper ocean.

September 25, 2019News

A discrete sampler being lowered a couple feet below the water's surface to collect microplastics. Photo Credit: Kinsley McEachern

New Study Reveals Four Billion Particles of Microplastics in Tampa Bay Waters

A new study from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Eckerd College estimates the waters of Tampa Bay contain four billion particles of microplastics, raising new questions about the impact of pollution on marine life in this vital ecosystem.

September 12, 2019News

The R/V Bellows, docked alongside its replacement the R/V Hogarth in recent months, will soon set sail as a shipwreck hunter.

Bon Voyage, R/V Bellows!

A 71-foot workhorse of the ocean science and education community for nearly 45 years, the Bellows was sold to TSR, Inc., which stands for Treasure & Shipwreck Recovery.

September 6, 2019News

(L-R) Dr. Isabel C. Romero (College of Marine Science University of South Florida) and Dr. Jon Moore (Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University) collect samples from midwater trawling that used a 10-m2 MOCNESS net during DEEPEND Consortium cruises. Photo Credit: Isabel Romero, courtesy of DEEPEND.

Twenty Scientists Awarded 2019 Early-Career Research Fellowships by National Academies’ Gulf Research Program

USF CMS Research Associate Dr. Isabel Romero among the award recipients

September 3, 2019News

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