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Erin Kimmerle, associate professor of forensic anthropology, assists a body exhumation at the Rest Haven Cemetery in Tampa.

USF forensic anthropologist leads renewed effort to help solve Hillsborough County cold case homicides

Erin Kimmerle, associate professor of forensic anthropology and executive director of the Florida Institute for Forensic Anthropology and Applied Science at USF, is collaborating with the Hillsborough County Sheriff and Medical Examiner’s offices to help solve several cold case homicides.

November 17, 2020University News

Aerial view of red tide along Florida’s gulf coast

Anthropology professor participating in study to uncover the true cost of Florida’s Red Tide

Across the U.S., the seafood, restaurant and tourism industries are estimated to suffer millions of dollars in economic losses from harmful algal blooms — losses played out in communities from California to New England, and Ohio to Florida. But the true economic losses caused by these toxic blooms, commonly referred to as red tide, are unknown.

April 30, 2020Research and Innovation

School lunch photo image by teen food insecurity study particpant, titled: The only fruit

USF Food Insecurity Study Prompts Changes to Local School Lunch Program

Low-income teenagers were more likely to eat cheese sandwiches during school lunch and be bullied because of it according to a recent study conducted by USF researchers. The study was designed to learn about the ways in which teens face food scarcity and on what changes they would like to see.

March 9, 2020Research and Innovation

Offshore oyster reefs in Florida's Big Bend region

Colossal Oysters Have Disappeared from Florida’s Most ‘Pristine’ Coastlines

Hundreds of years ago, colossal oysters were commonplace across much of Florida’s northern Gulf Coast. Today, those oysters have disappeared, leaving behind a new generation roughly a third smaller – a massive decline that continues to have both economic and environmental impacts on a region considered by many to be the last remaining unspoiled coastlines in the Gulf.

February 5, 2020Research and Innovation

Harvest Hope Park

Uplifting a Community by Improving its Environment

For University of South Florida Professor, Christian Wells, PhD, the health and wellbeing of a community is tied directly to the health of the environment around it. It’s that belief that influences Wells’ work and has led to a productive partnership with a Tampa-area nonprofit transforming an in-need community right in USF’s backyard.

November 5, 2019Research and Innovation

USF researcher, Erin Kimmerle, PhD, examines bone fragments potentially belonging to Amelia Earhart

USF Forensic Anthropologist Testing Human Remains Believed to Potentially Belong to Amelia Earhart

USF forensic anthropologist Erin Kimmerle is featured in a documentary produced by National Geographic about aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to fly across the world.

October 14, 2019Research and Innovation

USF researchers working at the Dozier School for Boys

USF Researchers Find No Human Remains in First Phase of Investigation at Dozier Site

The Florida Department of State (DOS) and the University of South Florida (USF) announced that the USF research team led by Erin Kimmerle, PhD, concluded the first phase of its investigation of the 27 anomalies reported near the Dozier School for Boys and found no evidence of human remains.

July 23, 2019Research and Innovation

A USF researcher excavating land near the former Dozier School for Boys

USF Researchers Begin New Investigation at Dozier Site

A research team from the University of South Florida is beginning to examine portions of land near the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. this week, after a contractor recently discovered 27 anomalies during routine cleanup work.

July 18, 2019Research and Innovation

USF research team excavating historic site in Safety Harbor

USF Archaeology Class Digs Up Florida’s Native American History

University of South Florida archaeologists are digging into one of Florida’s oldest native landmarks in hopes of unearthing insightful clues about the Tocobaga native people in Safety Harbor.

June 24, 2019Research and Innovation

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Data From Recent Study Identifies Possible Genetic Modifier Linked to Sickle Cell Trait Athlete Deaths

A recent study published in Southern Medical Journal, led by researchers from the University of South Florida and Arizona State University, identifies a genetic variation known to affect sickle cell disease symptomology.

May 9, 2019Research and Innovation

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