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Oil slick in the ocean

Humans responsible for more than 90% of world's oil slicks

In a new study published in Science, researchers developed the first global map of chronic oil slicks in the ocean and found that more than 90% of them come from human sources, significantly more than previously reported.

June 16, 2022Research and Innovation

Gen. Frank McKenzie

Former chief of U.S. Central Command to lead the University of South Florida’s new Global and National Security Institute

The University of South Florida announced the creation of the Global and National Security Institute, an initiative designed to further place the state of Florida at the forefront of addressing critical issues facing the nation in sectors such as defense, economic and political security, health and human security and infrastructure and environmental security.

June 15, 2022University News

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USF’s culture of innovation sparks global recognition from Times Higher Ed

The University of South Florida continues to make tremendous strides in advancing technologies that meet global demand – now ranking No. 1 among U.S. universities for its commitment to industry, innovation and infrastructure – one of the United Nations’ top Sustainable Development Goals.

April 27, 2022University News

Center of Excellence in Environmental and Oceanographic Sciences

USF to launch new Center of Excellence in Environmental and Oceanographic Sciences on the St. Petersburg campus

The University of South Florida is seeking support from the Florida Legislature and the local community to advance a bold new plan for an interdisciplinary center of excellence that will harness the collective power of colleges and departments from throughout the university to address the existential challenges created by climate change, including sea level rise, high tide flooding events and other coastal hazards.

January 10, 2022Research and Innovation, University News

USF College of Marine Science Associate Professor, Amelia Shevenell, chief sedimentologist, and Victoria University (NZ) Associate Professor and Antarctic Research Center Director, Rob McKay, co-chief scientist, examine sediment recovered from the Ross Sea during International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 374 in 2018 (Credit: Mark Leckie)

Study of Antarctic ice’s deep past shows it could be more vulnerable to warming

In a study published in Nature, an international team of scientists, including USF College of Marine Science Associate Professor Amelia Shevenell and graduate student Imogen Browne, documented the evolution of Antarctica’s ice sheets about 20 million years ago.

December 15, 2021Research and Innovation

Uncrewed vessel

USF launches first mission to map vulnerable coastal areas in Tampa Bay and Gulf of Mexico using a remotely operated ‘uncrewed’ vessel

Lessons learned from the innovative, “nested technology” approach will inform coastal resiliency efforts in Florida and beyond.

December 9, 2021Research and Innovation

location of pilot studies

USF-led team awarded NSF grant to link the green and blue economies

USF engineers and marine scientists will work with blue-green “frontline” communities to co-develop a platform for exchanging information that improves public health, environmental quality and the economy.

October 8, 2021Research and Innovation

Aurelia montyi jellyfish.

New jellyfish species named after FIO director, USF professor

His expertise in jellyfish is so renowned, Monty Graham, director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography and professor of integrative biology at USF, has a new species of jellyfish bearing his name – the Aurelia montyi.

September 17, 2021Research and Innovation

Dolphin swims through Sargassum

USF marine scientists detect a record-high amount of Sargassum

USF marine scientists have used NASA satellite imagery to detect a Sargassum bloom in the Caribbean, central west Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico that's nearly the same size as the record-breaking bloom discovered in 2018.

July 1, 2021Research and Innovation

Marine scientists take water samples aboard the R/V Weatherbird II

USF scientists announce initial findings from Piney Point research effort

University of South Florida College of Marine Science researchers have 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, 2021Research and Innovation

A computer model from the USF College of Marine Science's Ocean Circulation Lab showing where the wastewater may travel to.

Model from USF researchers forecasts fate of Piney Point wastewater

A computer model initially developed by the University of South Florida College of Marine Science to track red tide and ocean currents has quickly been adapted and is now being used to support the efforts to understand the transport, transformation and fate of contaminants in wastewater released into Tampa Bay from the retired Piney Point fertilizer plant.

April 14, 2021Research and Innovation

The R/V Weatherbird

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 8, 2021Research and Innovation

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