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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

Oil spill from a fire-damaged platform, captured by the Sentinel-2 satellite of the European Space Agency. Fire smoke appears white, while oil slicks appear dark (crude and emulsified oil) or metallic color (oil sheen). Credit: Sentinel-2 data from Copernicus operated by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme in partnership with the European Space Agency. Image generated by Chuanmin Hu of University of South Florida.

Humans Responsible for over 90% of World's Oil Slicks

A team of Chinese and U.S. scientists developed the first global map of chronic oil slicks in the ocean and found that more than 90% of them come from human sources, significantly more than previously reported.

June 16, 2022News

Dock view of Clam Bayou Marine Education Center

Waves of Inspiration

Waves of Inspiration - MEDIA ADVISORY. Leadership St. Pete® Class of 2022 to unveil major capital improvements at Clam Bayou Marine Education Center,

June 8, 2022Community Engagement, News

Both USF and Salsbury University All-Aboard teams take a selfie in front of Ragland Bottom Center Hill Lake in Sparta, TN during a group geology scavenger hunt.

Bull’s Eye for JEDI on the high seas (er … a freshwater lake!)

Last year NSF launched a two-year pilot program called All-ABOARD, which stands for “Alliance-Building Offshore to Achieve Resilience and Diversity.” The goal of this program, hosted by Columbia University, is to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) initiatives in STEM fields—especially the geosciences, which are one of the least racially diverse fields of science.

May 27, 2022Diversity, News

Natalia López Figueroa, CMS Ph.D. candidate

USF CMS student Natalia López Figueroa awarded NOAA Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

CMS Ph.D. candidate Natalia López Figueroa was awarded a Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship administered by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management.

May 25, 2022Awards, Diversity, News

Mya Breitbart in the lab. Credit, Amanda Sosnowski at Terrene Visions.

Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida Announces Selection of 15 New Members for 2022

Dr. Mya Breitbart, a professor and microbiologist at the USF College of Marine Science (USF CMS), is among 15 prominent scholars from throughout the state of Florida who were selected for membership to the Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida (ASEMFL).

May 23, 2022Awards, News

A ship approaches a rogue wave, estimated to be 18.3 meters (60 feet) off Charleston, South Carolina. Rogue waves are unpredictable, dangerous, and huge - at least twice the height of surrounding waves. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

Rogue waves…in Tampa Bay?!

Rogue waves -- walls of water that emerge from an otherwise calm ocean to swallow and capsize ships -- have made their way into mariner’s tales for ages.

May 10, 2022News

Brad Seibel onboard a ship and placing a shrimp in a respirometry chamber.

No, the Sky isn’t Falling. But the Ocean is Losing Oxygen.

And for marine life, that’s kinda like the sky falling (and not great news for us).

March 23, 2022News

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