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Flying through the eye of Hurricane Florence aboard a NOAA WP-3D Orion, nicknamed “Kermit.”Photo courtesy of College of Marine Science graduate student, Nick Underwood.

Squalls Out on the Gulf Stream

Yep, it’s that time again. Hurricane season runs from June 1-November 30. Here’s a short video glimpse into how researchers at the USF College of Marine Science help better forecast and understand hurricanes.

June 8, 2020News

 In the first part of 2020 nearly 11,500 ships visited one of 15 ports around the state of Florida. Photo credit: Dr. Steve Meyers.

Cross-Disciplinary Team Led by USF College of Marine Science Wins Pilot Award to Study Impact of Maritime Transportation on COVID-19 Transmission

A team of scientists will shine a light on the black box thanks to a new grant from USF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response program.

June 5, 2020COVID-19, News

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

CMPS Awarded Grant to Investigate the Role of Ships and Seaports in Florida in the Transmission of Coronavirus

The global shipping industry has been recognized by scientists as a vector for pathogen transmission that should be included in epidemiological models.

June 4, 2020News

Some of the deepest parts of the seafloor are covered by dense deposits of polymetallic nodules, shown here, which contain richer stores of valuable metals like cobalt and nickel than manyfound on land. The nodules range in size from a golf ball to a potato. Credit: Maersk

USF College of Marine Science to Co-Host Green Energy-Themed Ocean Mineral Conference in September 2020

Registration is open for the 49th Annual Underwater Mining Conference (UMC), co-hosted by the International Marine Minerals Society (IMMS) and the USF College of Marine Science.

June 3, 2020News

Southwest Florida, USA, showing the path of Hurricane Irma (red line in main graphic and in the inset showing the western Gulf of Mexico and the state of Florida; ArcGIS Basemap Source: ESRI). Local management jurisdiction boundaries are shown in different colors.

A New, Fast Way to Analyze Hurricane Damage to Coastal Environments

A team led by the USF College of Marine Science developed new way to process satellite images to assess damage from Hurricane Irma to mangrove forests on Florida’s southwest coast—and did so 200 times faster than traditional methods

June 1, 2020News

Capital Hill Oceans Week 2020

Capitol Hill Ocean Week Goes Virtual

This free event on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 includes a strong presence by scientists affiliated with the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON), including the USF College of Marine Science, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS), Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), and more.

May 20, 2020News

Deploying a handheld (5L) horizontal water sampler

Scientists Conduct First Census of Viruses and Bacteria Living in Florida Springs

The study provides a critical baseline understanding of freshwater springs fed by the Floridan Aquifer, a source of drinking water that has declined in health in recent years

April 16, 2020News

Oil Toxins Pervasive in Gulf of Mexico

Oil Toxins Pervasive in Gulf of Mexico

All fishes sampled in first comprehensive, Gulf-wide survey of oil pollution after 2010 Deepwater Horizon Spill show evidence of chronic oil exposure.

April 15, 2020News

CMS graduate student Brent Summers process samples in the lab at the USF College of Marine Science (USF CMS). CMS donated more than 25 boxes of lab gear to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, a medical facility down the street from campus.

CMS Helps Start Ripple Effect of Giving in St. Petersburg

Rising to the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic.

April 3, 2020COVID-19, News

Lead author Adrienne Hollister aboard the R/V Hogarth in 2018. A key challenge for scientists working on trace metals is contamination, especially aboard a research ship, so clean lab techniques are required.

Scientists “Watch” Phytoplankton Regenerate Trace Metals for First Time

A lab simulation led by the USF College of Marine Science begins to plug holes in decades-long gaps of knowledge about trace metal chemistry.

April 2, 2020News

Dr. Cheryl Hapke

Dr. Cheryl Hapke Named 2020 Distinguished Lecturer

Hapke will receive the award at the 2020 GSA Annual Meeting in Montreal, Quebec in October.

March 19, 2020Awards, News

New CMS Outreach Program Wins Smart Cities Award

New CMS Outreach Program Wins Smart Cities Award

We are proud to launch this program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast so we can that educate kids about the challenges and opportunities facing our precious coast, while also empowering them toward action.

March 10, 2020Community Engagement, News

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