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The 2023 St. Petersburg Science Festival

CMS students, faculty, staff had a blast at St. Petersburg Science Festival

St. Petersburg Science Festival took place on a couple of perfect-weather days: February 17 and 18, 2023.

February 22, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Iceberg grounded on Ross Bank. Photo courtesy of Rachel Meyne.

Until Next Time, Ross Bank!

After 10 days completing multibeam surveys and Super Sites along our North-South transect of Ross Bank, we switched directions to conduct our East-West transect and finish our science days.

February 22, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

NBP23-02 Glider Retrieval

Halfway through Our Ross Bank Extravaganza!

We are halfway through our allotted science days on NBP23-02, the second leg of our cruise. During our McMurdo port call, we were joined by a new group of scientists: marine ecologists who study Emperor penguins!

February 11, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

USF College of Marine Science’s (CMS) 39th annual Graduate Student Symposium

M.S. and Ph.D. candidates shine in 39th Graduate Student Symposium

Fifteen CMS graduate students delivered oral or poster presentations summarizing their research projects as part of the USF College of Marine Science’s (CMS) 39th annual Graduate Student Symposium.

February 3, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

The RVIB N.B. Palmer at the McMurdo Station Pier. McMurdo Station is the major US research base on Antarctica and is run by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Setting foot on Antarctic soil (well, igneous rock on Ross Island)

We had a port call at the largest US research station in Antarctica, McMurdo Station (MacTown), at the halfway point (hump day) of our expedition to switch out some of the ship’s crew and science party groups.

January 25, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

A kasten core coming up on the back deck. That red box is what the Marine Technicians (MTs) use to rest the core barrel on while they secure the weight stand.

A Day in the Life: Station 1

As we arrived at our first study site, there was excitement in the air. We were surveying a site in the Pennell Trough, Ross Sea that may provide clues to how the Ross Ice Shelf retreated in the past.

January 18, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

All Hands, stokpic, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

All Hands on Deck

Researchers identify priorities within synthesis research in ecology and environmental science to address pressing issues and questions

January 12, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Lyttleton Harbor, New Zealand

Transit and Arrival in the Ross Sea!

Hello from Emily in the Antarctic! We’ve had quite the journey south onboard the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer. We left Lyttleton, New Zealand and transited to the Ross Sea, Antarctica over ~10 days.

January 9, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

Our floating laboratory and home until March, the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer docked in Lyttleton, NZ.

The Shevenell Lab Returns to the Ross Sea

Graduate student Emily Kaiser, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Amelia Shevenell’s lab, reports in from a research expedition to the Ross Sea, Antarctica, where she is part of a team exploring the timing and mechanisms forcing retreat of the Ross Ice Shelf (RIS) following the Last Glacial Maximum. The team will use seafloor mapping, seismic reflection, and sediment coring to achieve their objectives. Read more about their expedition – and stay tuned for more updates from Emily.

January 4, 2023Blogs and Perspectives

This is part of the cover image from the book Zonal Jets: Phenomenology, Genesis, and Physics, which was edited by Boris Galperin and Peter L. Read.

Advances in the science of turbulence

Unraveling the physics of large-scale planetary features takes patience and time.

December 8, 2022Blogs and Perspectives

Coloured electron microscopy of diatoms, species Arachnoidiscus ZEISS EVO SEM

Solving the mysteries of nickel: an oceanic paradox

As with terrestrial life, all oceanic life needs nutrients such as nitrate, phosphate, carbon, and various trace metals to survive. In the vast open gyres of the ocean, such nutrients are increasingly hard to come by.

November 15, 2022Blogs and Perspectives

In front of the Sikuliaq in Seward, Alaska.

Join Me on an Oceanographic Cruise

Throughout our cruise, many different techniques were used by the scientists on board to collect and measure samples for biological and/or chemical studies.

October 25, 2022Blogs and Perspectives

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