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Stella, shown here, and Sam are part of the USF College of Marine Science’s fleet of oceanic gliders, the oft underappreciated workhorses of oceanography. PHOTO CREDIT: Garrett Miller, Center for Ocean Mapping and Innovative Technologies.

Stella and Sam: a pair of gliders on a mission

Staff and students from the Center for Ocean Mapping and Innovative Technologies (COMIT) recently sailed aboard the R/V WT Hogarth to collect data using a pair of uncrewed, underwater gliders.

September 28, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

The Fall 2023 CMS Faculty Seminar

Watch the Fall 2023 CMS Faculty Seminar

The annual faculty seminars offer an opportunity for students to get to know their professors and peers.

September 6, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Jaden Crute, USF B.S. Engineering Student

Putting robots in the water: the trials and tribulations of marine engineering

Marine engineering isn’t typically something you would think of when imagining an engineer’s potential career path. Despite this, it makes a lot of sense that the fields of marine science and engineering overlap.

August 7, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Ana Carolina Peralta Brichtova conducted her PhD at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, studying the Caribbean snail Voluta musica.

Venezuelan scientists team up to save irreplaceable data on biodiversity

In times of political unrest, science often suffers. This is the case in Venezuela. The country has faced a series of political and socioeconomic crises that sparked an exodus of citizens, including many scientists, who fled the country for opportunities elsewhere

August 3, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Written by: Marie Meranda (PhD Candidate)

Forging a road through interdisciplinary applications of hydrography

Underwater, we’re investigating everything from shipwrecks to paleo landscape features (e.g., shell middens which are essentially the waste piles from prehistoric and indigenous peoples) to submerged towns.

July 21, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Written by: Bea Combs-Hintze

LIFE at sea

The mission of our R.V. Nancy Foster expedition: To map the seafloor of a new area on Blake’s Plateau using multibeam sonar. Just adding another puzzle piece to the global map of the ocean floor!

July 20, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Written by: Angelique Rosa Marín (PhD Student)

Unforgettable Times aboard the NOAA ship, Nancy Foster

This was my first-time being part of a scientific party at-sea. It was impressive to see the workflow, drills, and communication among ship members.

July 18, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

The science party also got to go through many of the safety drills commonly done when a vessel leaves port.

Hydrography: The Ship, The Storm, and the Grad Student

One of the things that made the Nancy Foster cruise stand out was the range of experience of the science party. This training opportunity allowed undergraduates, graduate students, post docs, and other scientists to all work toward the same goal.

July 13, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

The evolution of a scientist – a reflection on the importance of seizing opportunities

The evolution of a scientist – a reflection on the importance of seizing opportunities

Successful research scientists work hard to obtain a well-rounded education, taking years of time (and often money!) to earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

July 11, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Written by: Grace Humphrey (Intern and Undergraduate Student)

Setting Sail into the World of Ocean Mapping and Hydrography

Overall, this was a wonderful experience, and I am so thankful that I was offered this opportunity. I learned so much about hydrography which I never would have learned without this research voyage.

July 7, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

John Conrad Ogden, 82 of St. Petersburg, FL

An Ocean Hero, A Mentor to so Many, A Friend to All

We are sad about the passing of Dr. John Ogden. He died peacefully on Monday, June 25, 2023. Dr. John Ogden (1940-2023).

July 6, 2023Blogs and Perspectives, News

Mark Mussett, USF CMS grad student

Charting off Charleston: Contributing to NOAA Marine Mapping on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf

Despite a delay in the cruise schedule owing to an active start to the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, Mark Mussett joined a troupe of fellow scientists and students from the CMS community to make the journey from St. Petersburg to Charleston to sail aboard the Nancy Foster in early June.

July 5, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

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