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USF scientists use NASA satellite images to track Sargassum, a brown seaweed. In June 2021 (shown above) they found it in record-high amounts in the Caribbean, central west Atlantic Ocean, and Gulf of Mexico.

2021: another banner year for brown seaweed

USF scientists detect record-high amount of Sargassum in Caribbean, central west Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico

July 1, 2021News

Oceanography Camp for Girls (OCG) is a three-week summer program for young women from Pinellas County. Dr. Teresa Greely (far left), has served as the Camp’s director since 1994. Dr. Angela Lodge (far right), a former social worker and youth development expert co-directed OCG with Greely for more than 20 years.

Oceanography Camp for Girls Turns 30

This three-week summer program, designed for young women from Pinellas County in their sandwich summer between middle school and high school, has earned billing by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a model for immersive, experiential STEM learning for women and girls.

June 29, 2021Girls Camp, News

Regional sea-level change between 1992 and 2019, based on data collected from the TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1, Jason-2, and Jason-3 satellite altimeters. Blue regions are where sea level has gone down, and orange/red regions are where sea level has gone up. Since 1993, seas around the world have risen an average rate of 3.3 millimeters per year. Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio.

Projections of US high-tide flooding show rapid increases and extreme months

Continued sea-level rise will exacerbate the issue where present, and many more locations will begin to experience recurrent high-tide flooding in the coming decades.

June 21, 2021News

Aurora borealis is observed from Coast Guard Cutter Healy Oct. 4, 2015, while conducting science operations in the southern Arctic Ocean. Healy was underway in the Arctic Ocean in support of the National Science Foundation-funded Arctic GEOTRACES, part of an international effort to study the distribution of trace elements in the world's oceans. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

Unraveling the mysteries of trace elements in the oceans

Recently, CMS Associate Professor Dr. Tim Conway served as lead editor on a special issue of Chemical Geology called “Cycles of trace elements and isotopes in the ocean – GEOTRACES and beyond."

June 18, 2021News

Marine Life 2030

Marine Life 2030 endorsed as part of UN Decade of Ocean Science

USF is a key academic partner in this global, 10-year program led by Smithsonian Institution to create a globally integrated information management and forecasting system for marine biodiversity

June 8, 2021News

The 79°N glacier in Greenland. Credit: Stephen Krisch

CMS scientists on the bottom (and top) of the world!

A group of USF CMS faculty and researchers who comprise ‘The Southern Ocean Science’ (SOS) group, carries out wide-ranging interdisciplinary research in Earth’s polar regions, providing new insights into how processes occurring thousands of miles away affect us here in Florida.

May 27, 2021News

Kristen Buck, PhD (far left), led the USF Piney Point field sampling effort and water chemistry analyses.

USF scientists announce initial findings from Piney Point research effort

USF College of Marine Science researchers today shared their initial findings of how the Tampa Bay ecosystem has responded to the controlled discharges of nutrient-rich wastewater released from the retired Piney Point fertilizer processing plant.

May 24, 2021News

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

Modeling was key in Deepwater Horizon oil spill research. So was consistent funding.

New state-of-the-art tools have changed the way we understand the impacts of oil on the marine environment.

May 14, 2021News

NASA scientists use satellites to map the vegetation index, which is the

Measuring biodiversity from space

In a new publication in Nature Ecology & Evolution, a team led by Prof Dr. Andrew Skidmore from the University of Twente in the Netherlands share a new tool to add to the biodiversity toolkit: measuring biodiversity from space.

May 13, 2021News

The All-ABOARD pilot project aims to build diversity, equity, and inclusion in the geosciences. In the fall, or as soon as pandemic restrictions lift, four teams will take part in a unique in-person retreat that will partially take place on a research ship (such as this one, the RV Sally Ride) operated by the U.S. Academic Fleet. Photo: U.S. Navy

USF Team Selected to Join New NSF Diversity Program

The goal of this two-year program hosted by Columbia University to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) initiatives in STEM.

May 7, 2021News

USF leads first research cruise to study Piney Point’s environmental impact

USF Response to Piney Point Spill

A team from the University of South Florida College of Marine Science (USF CMS) embarked on the first research cruise in Tampa Bay on April 7, 2021 to study the environmental impacts of the breach at Piney Point that started in March.

April 8, 2021News

USF marine scientists are aboard the R/V Weatherbird II research vessel to study the environmental impacts of the recent breach at a retired fertilizer processing plant at Piney Point in Manatee County, Fla.

USF leads first research cruise to study Piney Point’s environmental impact

A team of scientists from the University of South Florida College of Marine Science have embarked on the first research cruise in Tampa Bay dedicated to studying the environmental impacts of the recent breach at a retired fertilizer processing plant at Piney Point in Manatee County, Florida.

April 7, 2021News

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