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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

A photo from a research vessel from NOAA

First Research Team to Film Elusive Giant Squid in U.S. Waters Includes USFSP Professor

Sleep comes at a premium on a research cruise – you take it when you can get it – but some things are worth waking up for. When USF St. Petersburg Marine Biology Professor Heather Judkins was awoken last week aboard the Research Vessel Point Sur to news that her colleagues had possibly caught a giant squid on camera, Judkins was up faster than you can say the scientific name Architeuthis.

June 25, 2019Research and Innovation

Researchers inspecting an octopus from the Gulf of Mexico

Marine Biologist to Explore Gulf's Uncharted Deep Sea

The deep sea and the marine life the Gulf of Mexico contains is still largely mysterious. University of South Florida St. Petersburg Marine Biology Professor Heather Judkins and a team of researchers will spend the next two and a half weeks aboard a NOAA Ocean Exploration research cruise to reveal a bit of that mystery and explore never-before-reached areas of the Gulf.

June 4, 2019Research and Innovation

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