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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

Deep ocean floor sediments were collected from the South Atlantic Ocean by the Royal Research Ship (RRS) James Cook. Credit: Will Homoky

Deep sea sediments fuel the oceans

Iron, an essential nutrient for phytoplankton, is tough to find in the ocean. One liter of seawater contains 35 grams of salt but only around one billionth of a gram of iron.

April 1, 2021Research and Innovation

A photograph of Marine Science Dean Tom Frazer

Florida governor appoints Dean Frazer to Environmental Regulation Commission

Governor Ron DeSantis announced this month that Tom Frazer, PhD, dean of the USF College of Marine Science, is one of four new appointees to the Florida Environmental Regulation Commission.

March 23, 2021University News

Red Snapper

Red Snapper in the Gulf show signs of stress

Nearly all of the Red Snapper sampled in the Gulf of Mexico over a six-year period by University of South Florida marine scientists showed evidence of liver damage, according to a study reported in Aquatic Toxicology.

March 10, 2021Research and Innovation

The College of Marine Science at sunset

USF receives $3 million gift to benefit the College of Marine Science

The University of South Florida today announced a $3 million gift to the USF Foundation that will benefit students in the College of Marine Science. The estate gift from Anne Von Rosenstiel, who passed away in December 2019, will be divided between two existing endowments established by Von Rosenstiel and her late husband, Werner.

January 25, 2021University News

An image of the planet Jupiter. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran

Scientists discover new way to measure turbulence of large planets and exoplanets

The swirls, eddies, and wavy bands of Jupiter and Saturn may remind us of a soothing, starry, starry night - but they reveal these two gas giants to be stormy, turbulent places. The turbulence produces energy cascades, a non-linear transfer of energy between different scales of motion. These are as fundamental to understanding planetary dynamics as the cardiovascular system is to understanding the human body.

December 2, 2020Research and Innovation

A diver from the USF College of Marine Science going into the Gulf Mexico to conduct research

City of St. Petersburg supports USF efforts to further enhance diversity with new pledge to College of Marine Science

The City of St. Petersburg has contributed $125,000 to the University of South Florida Foundation to help enhance diversity in the ocean sciences. The gift to the USF College of Marine Science’s “Bridge to the Doctorate” fellowship endowment supports underrepresented students of color who are African American or Black, Hispanic or Latinx, Pacific Islanders, Native American or Alaska Native.

October 30, 2020University News

Ocean mapping activities being conducted on the west Florida continental shelf by the USF College of Marine Science staff aboard the research vessel Weatherbird II operated by the Florida Institute of Oceanography.

USF and NOAA to launch world-class cooperative ocean mapping center

The University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science has been awarded a five-year, $9 million cooperative agreement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coast Survey to launch the Center for Ocean Mapping and Innovative Technologies.

October 16, 2020Research and Innovation

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