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Joshua Kilborn is a research assistant professor at the USF College of Marine Science, where he studies large marine ecosystems and their associated fisheries. The figures above, which are included in his recent paper, depict a fishery ecosystem trajectory for the Gulf of Mexico (left) and smoothed lag-plot for the Gulf of Mexico fishery ecosystem (right).

The Humpty Dumpty fish tale of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

In a recent paper, Joshua Kilborn modelled the Gulf of Mexico fishery ecosystem trends and trajectory over time and better understand the factors that influenced their evolution.

July 8, 2024Publication Highlights

Jean Lim, a postdoc in the Breitbart Lab, uses qPCR and metagenomics approaches to study marine viruses.

Investigating the geographic distribution of a seagrass virus

Turtlegrass virus X (TVX), which infects the seagrass Thalassia testudinum (turtlegrass), is the only potexvirus known to infect marine flowering plants.

June 24, 2024Publication Highlights

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

Luis Lizcano Sandoval, a USF CMS PhD student

Seagrass areal cover in Tampa Bay over the last 30 years (1990- 2021) observed by satellites

Tampa Bay seagrasses have experienced historical declines, but improvements in water quality over the past 30 years are promoting recovery.

September 28, 2023Publication Highlights

Biodiversity fish reef

Researchers propose a global observatory to monitor Earth’s biodiversity

The Global Biodiversity Observing System is a proposal designed to improve monitoring efforts of Earth’s biodiversity and, in turn, improve conservation in an age of climate change.

August 25, 2023News, Publication Highlights

Sunlight interacts with the atmosphere, the water, particles, and dissolved matter in the water before it is captured by a satellite. In remote sensing of ocean color, the atmosphere’s contributions are corrected for, resulting in spectral surface reflectance that can be used to characterize microalgae and macroalgae both below and on the surface. (Image adapted from a diagram by Meng Qi; the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 adapted from an illustration by Ball Aerospace.)

Ocean optics illuminates aquatic algae

Large masses of algae in the great Atlantic Sargassum belt and around the world affect local ecosystems and the environment. Satellite imagery, combined with traditional research techniques, is now helping scientists to study them.

July 7, 2023Publication Highlights

Photobioreactor air-cushions filled with cultures of two algae used in the study C. vulgaris (lighter green, top), N. oculata (darker green, bottom).

From plastic to productive: can air-cushions be repurposed to cultivate algae?

Researchers at University of South Florida envision a creative way to transform plastic waste from your online shopping habit into algae-growing machines.

June 16, 2023Blogs and Perspectives, Publication Highlights

Trace metals in the North Pacific

Trace metals in the North Pacific

Tim Conway is really excited about these articles from their North Pacific GEOTRACES work, which was the first NSF funding he received after arriving at CMS.

April 26, 2023Publication Highlights

Savannah Hartman

Obligation to Enhance OBIS Data for Sea- and Shorebirds of the Americas

The family Procellariidae, which includes open-ocean petrels and shearwaters, were documented in the most marine ecoregions.

January 3, 2023Publication Highlights

Hannah Hunt, Ph.D. student in the lab of Dr. Tim Conway

Distinguishing the influence of sediments, the Congo River, and water-mass mixing on the distribution of iron and its isotopes in the Southeast Atlantic Ocean

Iron is a key micronutrient for primary production in the surface ocean. Iron isotopes can provide a window into the sources and cycling of iron to the surface and deep ocean.

November 30, 2022News, Publication Highlights

Katelyn Schockman is a PhD Candidate (now graduate- congrats!) in the lab of Dr. Bob Byrnes, who is a co-author on the paper.

A hybrid conductometric / spectrophotometric method for determining ionic strength of dilute aqueous solutions

A hybrid conductometric / spectrophotometric method for determining ionic strength of dilute aqueous solutions.

August 17, 2022News, Publication Highlights

Healthy coral reef in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Sources/Usage: Public Domain.

Coral Reef “Oases”: New Study Provides Clues to Locate Resilient Reef Communities

New models developed by an international team including USGS researchers could predict and explain the locations of resilient coral reef communities that may play a key role in coral reef conservation efforts.

August 2, 2022News, Publication Highlights

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