Partners and Groups
The College of Marine Science maintains strong partnerships with federal and state agencies.
- USGS – Coastal and Marine Science
- USGS – Southeast Ecological Science
- USGS – Florida Water Science Center
- Fish & Wildlife Research Institute
- Florida Institute of Oceanography
In addition to academic research pursuits, the College of Marine Science hosts the following groups.
- C-IMAGE - A global ten-year, $36.6 million research program to understand the impacts of the oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico.
- Center for Ocean Mapping and Innovative Technologies (COMIT) - a five-year, $9 million cooperative agreement with NOAA to develop new technologies and approaches to ocean and coastal zone mapping to help build resilient coastal ecosystems, communities, and economies.
- Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (COMPS) – a regional coastal ocean observing program along the Gulf of Mexico's west Florida coast that provides real-time data for emergency management and scientific use.
- CMS Ocean Technology Group – an in-house engineering team that provides development engineering expertise and at-sea support (e.g., sensor development, underwater pressure vessel fabrication, custom software applications, marine acoustics, RF systems, networking, and real-time control systems).
- Center for Red Tide Tracking and Forecasting– a jointly funded project between the USF CMS and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to develop a physical-biological model capable of predicting and tracking red tides within coastal waters of the southeastern US.
- C-SCAMP - a program funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to collect high resolution bathymetry data and other data products to improve our understanding of reef fish and sea turtle habitat on the West Florida Shelf.
- Electron Microscopy Laboratory – currently operating a Hitachi S-3500N variable pressure scanning electron microscope (SEM) with a resolution of 3 nm.
- Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative (GOMURC) - a multi-state university-based research consortium to promote scientific knowledge, workforce development, and understanding that informs natural resource management decisions at state, regional, national and international levels.
- Institute for Marine Remote Sensing – a team that uses satellite and airborne sensor data to provide resource managers with information and tools about ocean change on large spatial and temporal scales.
- Ocean Circulation Group- The Ocean Circulation Group within the USF CMS, headed by Professor Robert Weisberg, engages in physical oceanographic studies of the ocean circulation and the interactions between the oceans and atmosphere.
- Optical Oceanography Lab - This team uses optics and remote sensing to understand and quantify how light is affected by materials in the water and air and how the ocean ecosystem is changing (e.g., phytoplankton blooms, benthic habitats, and optical water quality), as well as connections between water quality, climate change and human activities.
- Southern Ocean Science – a research group dedicated to interdisciplinary research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean that has broad implications for coastal communities globally, including here in Florida, particularly with respect to future sea levels and climate change.
- The MERA Investigation – an innovative water quality investigation in Costa Rica to improve beach management and protect human health, with implications for other tropical beaches and locations around the world.
- The USF Center for Maritime and Port Studies (CMPS) – a cross-departmental center at USF whose mission is to promote workforce development for the maritime transportation industry, conduct research to foster resilient maritime and port infrastructure and operations, and provide independent testing and evaluation of maritime sensor technologies.
- The USF Glider Fleet - The glider team helps scientists refine ocean current models, predict red tides, perform habitat and marine assessments, forecast and monitor hurricanes, and monitor water quality.