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Developed in partnership with the USF College of Marine Science, the blue economy concentration is tailored for professionals who want to lead in maritime trade, coastal tourism and fisheries management.

USF launches MBAs in blue economy, personal financial planning, and healthcare leadership

Beginning this fall, students seeking an MBA at the University of South Florida will have three new offerings to consider. The new concentrations — blue economy, personal financial planning, and healthcare leadership — are designed to address the evolving needs of the global market.

July 15, 2024News

The ROV Taurus is a sophisticated, remotely operated vehicle that can reach ocean depths of up to 2.5 miles

USF and Florida Institute of Oceanography’s new remotely operated vehicle to advance deep-sea exploration and education

Researchers studying the deep sea have access to a powerful new tool with the acquisition of a sophisticated, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) by the University of South Florida and Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO).

July 8, 2024News

Rescue 5, one of Eckerd College Search and Rescue (EC-SAR)’s vessels which is outfitted with a data logger for Crowd the Bay. Photo credit: Matthew Hommeyer/Center for Ocean Mapping and Innovative Technologies.

USF Mapping Center Taps Tampa Bay’s Boating Crowd for Seafloor Depth Measurements

The state’s profound connection to the ocean is underscored by the many maritime activities and industries that bolster its economy. Safe boating, whether for commercial shipping, fishing, or leisure, relies on one common element: nautical charts.

June 20, 2024News

A home’s front lawn is flooded from heavy rains on Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Miami Shores, Florida. D.A. VARELA dvarela@miamiherald.com

Climate change can amplify big rainstorms, but true fixes are far off for South Florida

Once again, South Florida was submerged under an unsettling amount of water this week, the kind of totals usually only seen during a tropical storm or hurricane.

June 17, 2024Florida Flood Hub, News

A side-scan sonar image of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s last ship, Quest, discovered by a team led by USF alum and shipwreck hunter David Mearns. Credit: Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

USF-trained shipwreck hunter makes another major discovery

Using a technique known as side-scan sonar, a team led by David Mearns and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society found Shackleton’s last ship off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

June 17, 2024News

GEOTRACES has been an international effort involving hundreds of scientists and more than 150 research cruises. Here, crew members aboard the R/V Roger Revelle, including CMS graduate student Dylan Halbeisen, recover a GEOTRACES carousel rosette during an arctic cruise. Photo credit: Jennifer Middleton, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

How GEOTRACES helped unlock secrets of marine trace elements

GEOTRACES has been an international effort to better understand the role of marine trace elements and determine their distributions in the ocean.

June 12, 2024News, Publication Highlights

The National Weather Service predicts an above-normal 2024 Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Idalia is seen here after landfall in the Big Bend region of Florida in August 2023. Credit: NOAA

The Ocean Circulation Lab braces for a busy hurricane season

The Ocean Circulation Lab maintains a pair of high-resolution circulation models that can be used to forecast water levels days before hurricane landfall.

June 5, 2024Florida Flood Hub, News

Xiomara Cruz and Juleika Vega Perez attend University of Peurto Rico and are participating in the summer REU program at USF

Students from across the country will spend the summer at USF conducting ocean and weather research

More than 40 students from across the country will spend the summer at USF St. Petersburg, immersing themselves in research focused on oceanography, weather, climate change and science communication.

May 23, 2024Diversity, News

A pile of oyster shells at an outreach event at Booker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs. Participants strung the shells together to create vertical oyster gardens. PHOTO CREDIT: Jess Van Vaerenbergh

Can oyster gardens clean Tampa Bay? This CMS student wants to find out

CMS student combines her oyster filtration research and citizen science to build VOGs at community outreach events.

May 9, 2024Blogs and Perspectives, News

Hurricane Ian as it approaches Florida in 2022. Photo from NASA.

Hurricane preparedness takes many forms - USF providing support on all fronts

When a hurricane makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico, it has the potential to impact the entire Tampa Bay region. That’s why USF researchers across all three campuses are involved in a number of innovative endeavors and public initiatives to better prepare communities for the next storm.

May 6, 2024News

This high-quality image captured by PACE reveals eddies, the Loop Current, river plumes, and coastal circulation in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo Credit: The Optical Oceanography Lab

Advancing ocean science with “trailblazing” PACE mission

NASA’s PACE mission brings state-of-the-art technology to satellite Earth observations.

April 29, 2024News

The sun rises over Tampa Bay and the St. Pete Pier on a calm morning. (Spectrum News/Angie Angers)

Portion of state gambling revenues to go toward flood research in St. Pete

The Florida Flood Hub in St. Pete received funding through the Resilient Florida Program. Its goal is to model and predict how flooding will affect Florida in the future, so informed decisions can be made at the state and local levels on the best ways to mitigate flood risks.

April 11, 2024Florida Flood Hub, News

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Our blue planet faces a suite of challenges and opportunities for understanding and innovation. Our mission is to advance understanding of the interconnectivity of ocean systems and human-ocean interactions using a cross-disciplinary approach, to empower the next workforce of the blue economy with a world-class education experience, and to share our passion for a healthy environment and science-informed decision-making with community audiences near and far.