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A species of Cyclothones, or bristlemouth fish, that lives in the deeper parts of in the Gulf of Mexico. It is the most abundant fish on the planet but on the recent DEEPEND cruise, relatively few were found. Credit: SEFSC Pascagoula Laboratory; Collection of Brandi Noble, NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC.

Alarming declines in the Gulf’s deepest dwellers

Everything is slower in the cold, dark deep -- and a recent research cruise suggests the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are far from over in these parts where the sun doesn’t shine.

June 30, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

Center for Ocean Technology | Glider Fleet

2020: a record-breaking year for the USF glider team

The gliders, which roamed the ocean 208 days last year, help improve our understanding of red tides, hurricanes, ocean currents, and fish

June 22, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

The SCINI ROV (in foreground) is being tested by a researcher prior to deployment, while the acoustic towed package is the white cylinder laying on the snow behind it. The Conestoga wagon “dry lab” is in the background. Photo credit: Stacy Kim.

Investigating Whales, Penguins and Seals on the Bottom of the World

It’s tough to study interactions between predators and their prey no matter where you are in the world’s oceans, but it’s especially challenging in the ice-covered Ross Sea.

June 22, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

NOAA’s R/V Ronald H. Brown will carry the Byrne crew, as well as 26 other scientists, for the West Coast Acidification 2021 cruise. Photo: NOAA.

The Byrne lab goes West: three CMS students set sail on 45-day Pacific Ocean cruise

The major goal is to understand trends in the Pacific Ocean, with a specific focus on environmental parameters that influence ocean acidification – a major threat to ocean health, food security, economies, and more.

June 15, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

Erosion of dunes following Tropical Storm Eta. (Credit: Justin Birchler, USGS. Public domain.)

Providing the best tools for coastal management, protection, and resiliency

The Ocean Visions network, whose mission is to transform science and engineering into scalable, equitable, and sustainable ocean solutions, held its third virtual “Coastal Solutions” workshop April 27-28, 2021.

May 3, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

Antarctic krill. Photo Credit: Tracy Shaw, USF College of Marine Science

Concern for Antarctic Krill

A new publication, and a featured article in Marine Ecology Progress Series, provides further evidence of cause for concern, and helps tease out some of the effects of a warming climate.

April 29, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

Plunging into Our Polar Seas was the theme for this year’s competition, where students competed virtually for the first time.

Spoonbill Bowl – A Virtual Success!

Congratulations to all the students and coaches and a huge thank you to the committee and volunteers that made this online event possible!

April 7, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Community Engagement

A screen capture from PezCa, a fishing app Dr. Marrari helped create that displays real-time satellite data of ocean conditions for safer fishing practices.

A Q&A with CMS Alum, Marina Marrari, PhD: CMS Launched Her Dream Career Path

Marina Marrari graduated from the Dr. Kendra Daly’s Zooplankton Ecology Lab at the USF College of Marine Science with a PhD in 2008.

April 5, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

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

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