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The ROV Taurus on board the Research Vessel Western Flyer.

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

USF is the only university in the continental United States to own a remotely operated vehicle with such advanced capabilities, positioning it at the forefront of oceanographic research.

July 8, 2024Research and Innovation

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USF student secures prestigious summer internship at national marine sanctuary

Audrey Brandt is interning with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California, one of the largest federally protected marine sanctuaries in the United States.

June 26, 2024Student Success

David Mearns and two colleagues

USF-trained shipwreck hunter makes major discovery

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

June 18, 2024Research and Innovation

Sea urchin on piece of coral

Sea urchin killer spreads to new species, region

A parasite that devastated long-spined sea urchins in the Caribbean and Florida in 2022 has caused another die-off more than 7,000 miles away in the Sea of Oman. The discovery, led by researchers at the USF College of Marine Science reveals how the spread of a microscopic pathogen threatens sea urchin populations and coral reefs around the world.

March 26, 2024Research and Innovation

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USF to tackle environmental challenges through new initiative with Tampa Bay Wave and the St. Petersburg Innovation District

The BlueTech|X Accelerator brings together small businesses and entrepreneurs who are pioneering ocean, coastal and Great Lakes-based solutions through observation technologies, products and services that address climate resiliency needs.

February 21, 2024Community Partnerships

USF student spending the holidays aboard global research ship in the Antarctic

USF student spending the holidays aboard global research ship in the Antarctic

Hannah Hunt will gather important samples for an international research effort to better understand elements found in the Southern Ocean and how they play an integral role for life on Earth.

December 20, 2023Research and Innovation

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Top stories of 2023

From being invited to join the prestigious Association of American Universities to breaking fundraising records and even a faculty member making it into the Guinness Book of World Records, this has been a momentous year for USF.

December 15, 2023University News

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Florida Institute of Oceanography’s Keys Marine Laboratory, hosted by USF, to return rescued corals back to the sea

After housing more than 5,000 rescued corals for three months due to unprecedented water temperatures that caused a massive coral bleaching event off the coast of Florida, the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s Keys Marine Laboratory is now ready to return corals to the sea.

October 30, 2023Research and Innovation

Sargassum on the beach

College of Marine Science to lead $3.2 million grant to develop sargassum forecasting system

Improved forecasting using satellite data and modeling will help researchers reduce Sargassum impacts on coastal communities.

October 24, 2023Research and Innovation

Students jump off research vessel

Students conduct science at sea

Education and research combined for students aboard a five-day cruise on the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s R/V Weatherbird II – providing them the opportunity to apply skills they’ve learned in the classroom to hands-on field studies at sea.

September 20, 2023Community Partnerships, Research and Innovation, Student Success

USF/FIO’s Keys Marine Laboratory to house thousands of corals to mitigate impact from historic ocean heat wave

USF/FIO’s Keys Marine Laboratory to house thousands of corals to mitigate impact from historic ocean heat wave

The Keys Marine Laboratory contains one of the largest temperature-controlled seawater systems in the Florida Keys, allowing for the study of corals and other marine organisms as well as offering a refuge for them to live, rehabilitate and grow. The laboratory is part of the state-wide Florida Institute of Oceanography, a consortium that supports all institutions in the State University System.

July 24, 2023Research and Innovation

Western Flyer docked in St. Petersburg

Ship granted to USF will enhance Florida Institute of Oceanography’s efforts to build a robust ocean science and maritime workforce

After a 4,000-mile journey, a 117-foot twin-hulled ship granted to the University of South Florida is docked at its new home port in St. Petersburg, where it will be operated by the Florida Institute of Oceanography to offer transformative opportunities for students to explore and advance the field of ocean science.

July 12, 2023Research and Innovation

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